2006 Williams-Selyem "Rochioli Riverblock" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Accomplishes the impossible, stunning the palate with the most delicious flavors imaginable, yet with the structural integrity to age. Those flavors intoxicate with cherry pie, black raspberry tart, tangerine zest and mocha, finished with exotic spicebox and sweet, charred new oak smokiness, all enveloped in sheer silkiness and ultrarefined tannins.
Wine & Spirits
This is a lush and generous pinot noir grown on the bank above the Russian River on deep deposits of gravel, stone and silty clay. It's a forward and approachable wine in 2006, with tart red cherry fruit that's bright and saturated, the tea-like tannins checking it with a pleasantly bitter edge. For duck breast served over lentils with raspberry coulis.
With a pronounced bent to ripeness that separates it from its siblings, this broad, somewhat viscous and positively mouthfilling wine smacks of cherries and black soils with flashes of chocolate showing here and there. While fairly full-bodied, it is very well-balanced, and its considerable richness comes with nary a hint of heaviness, and its persistent finish is unstinting in fruit. It will find its best place as a partner to richer dishes, and it should shine with the likes of well-seasoned pork roasts or a classic rack of lamb.
Good intensity and focus, if on a modest scale, with wild berry and black cherry fruit that's mouthwatering and firmly tannic.
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Sexy, room-filling scents evoke raspberry, cherry preserves, blackberry, Asian spices and fresh flowers. Energetic red berry flavors stain the palate and are enlivened by tangy minerals. Strikingly fresh and focused wine with admirable finesse and finishing cut. One of the more lively pinots I tasted on my trip." (May/June '08) 90-92 points Robert Parker: "Displaying a similar style to the 2005, the elegant 2006 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard possesses the same gravelly character along with more raspberry and red cherry notes. It is well-made and medium-bodied with tart acidity and an attractive finish." (12/07)