2011 Williams Selyem "Rochioli Riverblock" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1164485 94 points Wine & Spirits

 This riverside parcel was first planted in 1989 to Joe Rochioli’s own heritage pinot noir selection, supplemented in 2000 with two Dijon clones. Winemaker Bob Cabral’s 2011 is aromatically striking, ranging from floral lavender notes to a stem-inflected cumin scent. There’s a clarity at the center of the wine, the site’s concentration changing focus from fruit depth to long-lasting savory and floral elements: It starts with fruit-driven intensity (dark cherry and red currant), ending on an ethereal, aromatic lift—a long tail. Kaleidoscopic. With a few more years of age, this would be a perfect match for grilled salmon.  (4/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Highly perfumed, seductive bouquet of black raspberry, cherry-cola, star anise and potpourri. Intense red and dark berry flavors are sweetened by vanilla and cola qualities, with fine-grained tannins and bright acidity adding lift. The spicy element returns on the long, focused, floral finish.  (5/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Tart cranberry acidity marks this dry, delicately structured young wine. Dusty with tannins, the mouthfeel is tight and nervous. At the core are complex layers of forest berries, cola, mushrooms, exotic baking spices and sweet cedar. Give the wine at least six years in a cellar to mature—it should be flying high by 2029.  (2/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The softer, sexier, more sensual 2011 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard's forest floor, pomegranate and black cherry notes are followed by a medium-bodied wine with abundant fruit. Undeniably a success for this vintage, it should drink well for 4-5 years. (RP)  (12/2013)

Vinous

 The 2011 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard is initially intense, but also comes across as compact and having limited depth. Already quite forward in its aromas and flavors, the 2011 gives the impression of being an early drinker. Autumn leaves, tobacco, dried black cherries and game are some of the nuances that struggle to fully blossom in the glass.  (2/2014)

Wine Spectator

 The blackberry, plum and raspberry notes are delicate and spicy, firming on the finish. A mix of gravel and crushed rock accents balances the tannins. Drink now through 2019. (Web-2014)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.