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2007 Williams Selyem "Rochioli Riverblock" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1084814 97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Always one of Williams Selyem’s top Pinot Noirs, the 2007 is a spectacular wine. The vines are the closest to the river in the famed Rochioli vineyard, and the resulting wine always has an elegant structure and fruity accessibility that make it drinkable at a younger age. Showing rich flavors of cherries, red currants, cola, bacon, anise, Asian spices and smoky oak, it will develop beautifully over the next decade.  (2/2010)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide

 From the first sniff of its vital red cherry fruit to the complex hints of dried violets, sweet, nutmeg-scented smoke and crème brûlée to its supple, velvety but still firm entry texture, this brilliant Pinot Noir hits every lovely note expected of the most outstanding examples of the grape. It is deep, balanced and polished on the palate with an uncommon sense of grace, but, its one failing is that invites drinking too soon, when, in fact, it is likely to become so much more interesting over time as its youthful energy takes on a mature glow.  (2/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red color. Powerful aromas of raspberry, cherry, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a suave anise quality adding interest. Deep, impressively pure red fruit flavors stain the palate and are framed by silky tannins. This vivacious pinot combines sweetness and energy deftly, and finishes with excellent clarity and smoky persistence. (ST)  (6/2009)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Fragrant scents of rose and beeswax introduce this wine's ample Russian River Valley depths. Its soft-textured minerality parallels the layer cake of loamy, alluvial soils at this riverside vineyard site. The flavors are long and complex, with heady spice. Decant it for roasts next winter, or cellar for four or five years.  (4/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A subtle, understated style, with creamy cherry, wild berry, plum and spice notes that are delicate and spicy, ending with a long nuanced finish. (JL)  (5/2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From one of the Russian River’s iconic vineyard sites, the 2007 Pinot Noir Rochioli River Block reveals a flinty, gravelly, stony nose with red currant, pomegranate, and cherry fruit. Medium to full-bodied with excellent acidity (better integrated here than in some of these cuvees), a feminine, Chambolle-Musigny-like minerality, and a touch of spring flowers, this pretty wine is not a blockbuster, but it should blossom in 2-3 years, and last for a decade or more. (RP) 90+  (2/2010)

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- 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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9