Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front LabelWilliams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Bottle Shot

Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

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750ML / 13.9% ABV
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750ML / 13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Putting your nose to the glass immediately reveals something very special. Deep and brooding, the aromas are layered and show its breed. Dark fruited with notes of dried herbs, smoke, and soil combine to saturate the senses. Voluminous in the mouth, the wine is powerful and elegant all at once due to the highly refined and polished tannins. The acid is perfectly integrated and seems to have achieved an ethereal texture. Enough said, a Rochioli for the ages.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard is medium ruby-purple in color with expressive notes of warm cranberries, red cherries and rhubarb pie with touches of bay leaves, lavender and tilled soil. Medium-bodied with a racy line cutting through the intense red fruit and herbal layers, it has a soft, silken frame and a long, earth-laced finish. 553 cases produced.
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Williams Selyem Winery , California
Williams Selyem Winery  Proprietors John and Kathe Dyson Winery Image

Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the United States, aligning Sonoma County's Russian River Valley in the firmament of the best winegrowing regions of the world. Today John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking without compromise. As for the wines... they just keep getting better and better.

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While the Russian River Valley is a large appellation with multiple climate zones and soil types, it is best known for cool-climate varieties, with Pinot Noir as the most celebrated. The grapes benefit from a reliable late afternoon flow of Pacific Ocean fog through the Petaluma Gap and along the Russian River Valley that ensures slow and steady ripening and the preservation of grape acidity. Today many of California’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards are in the Russian River Valley, along with its sub-appellation, Green Valley.

Historically Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs had bright red fruit and delicate earthy, mineral notes. But changes in viticultural and winemaking practices have led to stylistic changes in some of the region’s wines. Adjustments to canopy management, among other techniques, have resulted in riper fruit and bolder wines as well. These show flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cola, spice and darker, loamy earth tones, accenting traditional Pinot Noir notes of strawberry, raspberry and light cherry.

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