2011 Williams Selyem "Rochioli Riverblock" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $110)
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.
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.
*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.
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)
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. (AG)
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. (JL, Web-2014)