Dark cherry notes lead from the glass and are leavened by hints of dried thyme and mandarin orange juice. The power-packed palate reveals this wines true heritage and breed. There is an immediate lift of raspberry on the entry and then the fine, expressive tannins unfold and saturate the palate. Wood spices and a prominent finish of clove and Russian caravan tea round out the wine… a superb Rochioli Riverblock Pinot Noir, which will require a bit of patience.
Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the United States, aligning Sonoma County's Russian River Valley in the firmament of the best winegrowing regions of the world. Today John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking without compromise. As for the wines... they just keep getting better and better.