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2017 Williams Selyem "Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1516525 96 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark We tasted a lot of Russian River Valley pinot noir over the course of several days and this one stood out as classical. It’s a wine with both stamina and depths to its flavors, reverberating long after each sip, as if you’d been listening to digitized jazz for a while, then decided to play Stan Getz on vinyl and the sound filled the room in a completely different way. “Coming home to RRV,” I wrote. “This tastes like Rochioli in its richness and layered-soil verve.” It might surprise some rock-head terroirists that a wine grown in layers of sand washed off the river could offer so much distinction, and yet this is one of the most identifiable pinot noirs in California. It’s distinctly beautiful in the cool, balanced ripeness of the fruit Joe Rochioli, Jr., farms and the elegant, fern-green freshness winemaker Jeff Mangahas retains in the wine, the protocols built around Rochioli fruit since 1980—such as foot treading, and fermentation with a local yeast that Burt Williams isolated—seeming to play invisibly into this wine’s stature. A California collectible deserving a place in your cellar. (JG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Classic Russian River notes of mulled red fruits, spice, sassafras, and flowers emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard. More medium-bodied, yet with plenty of richness and depth as well as solid underlying structure, this brilliant Pinot Noir is going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and should keep nicely through 2030. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This rather cryptic wine needs age, as it needs air. From deeper, more alluvial soils close to the river, this offers very deep, dark fruit with latent spice and such earthy, riparian aromas. It literally smells like a cool riverbank that’s covered with wildflowers. The palate has a bold, rich and fleshy core of sweet, darker cherries, which is all-encompassing, very layered, very concentrated and long. Superb! Inner quote mark (11/2019)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Here the agreeably fresh nose combines notes of both red and dark currant, plum, floral and exotic tea. While not particularly dense, I love the texture of the precise and graceful middle weight flavors that possess an almost lilting mid-palate mouthfeel that contrasts somewhat with the clean, dusty and firm finale. This is a wine of finesse and refinement yet one that also offers very good finishing punch. Classy juice. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (4/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and a nose of Bing cherry, black cherry, cranberry and rhubarb with cinnamon stick, autumn leaves, potpourri, perfumed earth and dust hints. The light to medium-bodied palate is softly grainy and lifted by juicy acidity, with spiced, bright red fruits accented by new oak touches, finishing very long. (EB) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rich and powerful, with a plush texture to the richly spiced plum compote and cherry tart flavors. Dried beef accents show midpalate, leading to a finish filled with savory spice notes. (KM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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