This wine offers incredibly inviting aromas and a fresh, vibrant fruit-driven framework which suggests long-term potential. Youthfully gritty tannins hide beneath a forceful foundation of black raspberry, rose petal and warm baking spice, with a hint of dried herb creeping in. *Cellar Selection* (VB)
Picking favorites among Williams Selyem Pinots is never an easy task, but, in 2015, the Rochioli Riverblock bottling stands at the head of a very distinguished class. From its deep and very complex aromas of cherries, raspberries, violets, sweet cream and cola to its many-layered, equally deep and far-reaching flavors, it is a neatly composed working that evokes both elegance and a sense of quiet strength. It is wonderfully supple, impeccably balanced and slightly fuller in feel than most of its Russian River Valley mates, and, while it is patently seductive stuff at the moment, it comes with the usual caution against drinking too soon however hard waiting may be.
The 2015 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard has a big, stemmy, yet beautifully fruited bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, smoked herbs, and graphite. Hitting the palate with a silky, elegant, seamless profile, this is classic, high-quality Russian River Pinot Noir that's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for a decade. This cuvée was fermented with 22% whole clusters and spent 17 months in 74% new French oak.
The 2015 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard is medium ruby-purple in color with expressive notes of warm cranberries, red cherries and rhubarb pie with touches of bay leaves, lavender and tilled soil. Medium-bodied with a racy line cutting through the intense red fruit and herbal layers, it has a soft, silken frame and a long, earth-laced finish. (LPB)
The 2015 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard offers plenty of fruit intensity and structure. Black cherry, smoke, gravel, licorice and menthol are all amped up in this decidedly virile, potent Pinot. I would give the 2015 a few years in bottle to allow the tannins to soften. The 2015 requires patience. (AG)
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