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.
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.
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)
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.
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+
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