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

SKU #1232857 97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2010)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark 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. *Two stars* Inner quote mark (2/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (6/2009)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (4/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (5/2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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+ Inner quote mark (2/2010)


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