Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The importance of this site cannot be overstated, and rightfully so. The Rochioli Vineyard enjoys one of the best microclimates in the Middle Reach, with the confluence of warmth and coolness at the banks of the Russian River. The net effect is a long, slow maturation of the fruit that yields a kaleidoscope of fruit notes along with other earthy aromas. There is excellent power on the palate and the wine showcases depth and size without ever being heavy.

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WE 99
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Opening on earthy aromas of rock salt, crushed rock and rose petal, this is a complex, brooding wine from an incredible site. Dark cherry, strawberry and pomegranate carry the palate as the acidity builds

remarkable vibrancy and freshness, lasting through the finishing accents of cardamom, tea and white pepper. Editors’ Choice.

RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard is a lovely wine, with bright scents of sour cherries, blackberries and cranberries and notes of woodsmoke, fennel and turned earth. The palate is medium-bodied, broody but fresh, with a long, spicy and lifted finish.
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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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