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2006 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard

abv 14.4%
  • 92 WA
  • 87 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 61281-2006-750

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  • Vinous | Rating: 93

    Dark red. Sexy, room-filling scents evoke raspberry, cherry preserves, blackberry, Asian spices and fresh flowers. Energetic red berry flavors stain the palate and are enlivened by tangy minerals. Strikingly fresh and focused wine with admirable finesse and finishing cut. One of the more lively pinots I tasted on my trip.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Displaying a similar style to the 2005, the elegant 2006 Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard possesses the same gravelly character along with more raspberry and red cherry notes. It is well-made and medium-bodied with tart acidity and an attractive finish.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Good intensity and focus, if on a modest scale, with wild berry and black cherry fruit that's mouthwatering and firmly tannic. 641 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2017-2019
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Seal Cellar
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Cherry pie and vanilla with Dr Pepper at the end. Delicious!
    Author: CSB
  • Self | Rating: 9.5

    Light ruby in the glass, this wine has a beautiful earthy nose of wet mud and raspberry fruit tinged with scents of violets and orange peel. In the mouth it is beautifully textured, silky slippery smooth, in a way that sneaks around the corners of the mouth where it peeks out and splashes the palate with raspberry fruit and globs of mud, leaving me with the distinct impression that I know what this patch of ground tastes like. Sustained through a gorgeous lengthy finish, the fruit rings like a struck bell.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2022
    Author: Vinography
  • Self | Rating:

    Ruby in color. Low rim variation. Medium legs. Raspberry, Blackberry. Medium bodied. Silky texture. Satin-like texture. Long finish.
    Author: Paul C207
The emergence of Williams Selyem as one of California's Pinot Noir leaders is an improbable success story. Founders Burt Williams and Ed Selyem started making wine under the Hacienda del Rio Winery label in a garage in Fulton. Their first wine was a 1981 Zinfandel, but very soon after they began their quest for great Pinot Noir. By the late 1980s, Williams had retired as a typesetter and Selyem had left his job as a wine retailer, and they devoted themselves full-time to winemaking. In 1997, John Dyson bought the winery with plans of planting a 20-acre Russian River vineyard and gradually expanded production. Williams continued to make wine into 2000, after which time Bob Cabral, formerly of Alderbrook and Hartford Court, took over as Executive winemaker.

Quality across the board is exceptionally high, with especially notable Pinot Noirs. There are no secrets to Williams Selyem's success: they seek low yield, fully ripened grapes from superb vineyard sources.

See other similar producers:Kosta Browne Winery,Siduri,Kistler Vineyards

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 410 bottles owned
  • 176 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 176 collectors)