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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 17 
ProducerWilliams Selyem (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardRochioli Riverblock Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2015 (based on 18 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 73 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by blaine on 3/31/2015 & rated 91 points: The most useful thing I can add is that this wine is consistent with the rest of the 2005 WS wines. That's the most notable thing to me. More than anything else, when I opened and started drinking this, was "wow this is a lovely expression of 05 WS". Meaning the 05s were very notable as a vintage, in general and specifically at WS. Lovely color, no sign of age. Plenty going on in the nose. Dark and concentrated, but not extracted on the palate. Plenty of acidity. All together...2005. For me, it's a super unique vintage in all respects, I don't remember anything similar before or since. (381 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 1/31/2015 & rated 93 points: Night of Cabs and Pinots with the Shacks (Home of the Slywka's): Tasted blind. Immediately knew this was the Williams Selyem just by the color. Lighter and starting to show signs of age. Nose was quite nice with mushroom, strawberry, rose petal, herb and a touch of matchstick. But for how great the nose was, the palate could not match it. Nice flavors of dried cherry, dried raspberry and rhubarb. Ended with a shorter finish than the 3 other wines. A nice wine but I expected a little more from this to be honest. (500 views)
 Tasted by egh on 12/8/2014 & rated 92 points: 14.0% alcohol. Attractive nose with red cherry, macerated strawberry, mahogany, spice box, and maybe a suggestion of cola on the lower register. On the palate, this is charming, seemingly resolved, modestly proportioned, and red fruit driven with a smooth, silky, and supple mouthfeel. Comparing with my last bottle/note in Feb 2013, the fruit seems to have receded just a bit. (705 views)
 Tasted by wabi47 on 10/14/2014 & rated 90 points: nice dark currant, cherry and mineral; good complexity; the fruit is bright but now less lush, which make the wine appear a bit more firm and slightly out of balance (more noticeable acidity and a hint of heat on the finish) (938 views)
 Tasted by dspieker on 4/28/2013 & rated 91 points: Popped and poured (I know, this was a mistake). Medium dark ruby color. Aromas of raspberry and strawberry. On the palate rich and ripe but with a burnt rubber flavor and a little heat. Nice texture with a lengthy finish of ripe fruit and spice. (2804 views)
 Tasted by egh on 2/2/2013 & rated 93 points: The nose offers impressive aromatic complexity, dimensions, and volume with red cherries, spice box, mahogany/antique drawer, and rose petals. In the mouth, a bit more lush and sappy than the nose suggests, but with a silky smooth texture, nice concentration and purity, terrific balance and interplay between the fruit-acid-oak, and a resolved, lingering finish. Seemingly nearing or at peak; my last bottle won't make it past 2015. Another outstanding Rochioli Riverblock, although comparing the 2005 with previous tastes of some other vintages, I would put it a half-tier below the 2009 and 2004. Consumed over the course of 90 minutes at La Belle Vie. (2631 views)
 Tasted by JS199 on 12/11/2012 & rated 94 points: An extraordinary wine that just glides across the palete. My new favorite single vineyard WS. Drinking quite well at the moment. (2843 views)
 Tasted by golfwine on 12/6/2012 & rated 92 points: Although my exposure to the various bottles of WS covers nearly two years time, I'd have to declare this as my second most impressionable (behind the '02 Flax, which was Extraordinary). Most notable about this bottling, was the wonderful acidity, which played off the initial cranberry fruit component and carried well through the long, bright finish. The tannic structure was all but resolved, which had me questioning how much time this has left but matter not, as it's drinking perfectly at this stage. Perhaps most compelling was the macerated strawberry that took over for the cranberry after about 30-40 mins. and had us Oohing and Aahing, as we took our final 2 or 3 sips! If I was forced to complain, it would be the somewhat muted aromatics; lacking the assertive damp earth and herbs that I like so much about RRV. To be fair, those were exchanged for a notable whiff of Dr. Pepper/cherry cola, which complimented the strawberry and so, a fair trade. (2641 views)
 Tasted by Edclr on 10/11/2012 & rated 93 points: Gorgeous pinot, right in a perfect drinking period. Very balanced, fruit still vibrant, wonderful finish. (2718 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 9/18/2012 & rated 91 points: a little more than a year after a rather detailed note which is shockingly consistent with my take on it tonight, so please reference. i was jammed up by a bit more cola in this bottle. (1903 views)
 Tasted by rosenst1 on 8/15/2012 & rated 93 points: Popped and poured. Lovely ripe high toned nose of raspberry, strawberry, and kirsch. On the palate rich and ripe but with a lovely velvety texture and not heavy at all. Long finish of ripe fruits with some spice. This is very consistent with other 2005 RRV Pinots like the Rochioli SVDs and Sonoma coasts from Littorai; lovely drinking wines reaching their peak of maturity. Not sure how well these will age from here. (1352 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 7/21/2012 & rated 91 points: Fruity. Did not change over the 4 hours. Great flavors, but a tad to much sweetness. (1353 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 4/27/2012 & rated 91 points: This bottle was a learning experience for me. Not so much about the wine itself, which performed (on its own) as it has in the past. Superlative. Big, bold, enticing nose. Cali fruit that comes across as balanced, earthy, sweet perfume...a nose that invites you to either sniff some more, or dive into the palate, dealer's choice. On the palate, more of the same, balanced with a nice acidity. While expensive, this continues to be one of my favorite pinots. I'm not sure about the aging profile on this one, but think that it's drinking very well for current consumption. A minor shortcoming this time around, that I didn't detect in earlier bottles....a bit of heat on the finish. Perhaps bottle variation. But it leads me to think that my last bottle might be consumed soon. Bad luck recently with aging bigger Cali pinots.......... (1549 views)
 Tasted by VoteferPedro on 4/7/2012 & rated 93 points: deliscious! a treat and a great balance between fruit and acid and earth in a way that is typical of the best William Selyems (1526 views)
 Tasted by lebo on 2/24/2012 & rated 90 points: Pretty pinkish purple color. Strong grape, raspberry and chambord nose. Palate shows cola and cherry - very much like a cherry coke! A very slight effervecence is detectible on the back palate. Long palate. Not bad on initial taste. (1601 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 2/4/2012 & rated 94 points: Similar to my notes in Dec 2011, with a set of background notes (earth, stems, florals) I didn't notice last time around. Also, this time around, the palate comes across as more lush than my notes from Dec. suggest, tinged with a cola resin that's nicely balanced with some acidity. Long finish. Overall this is on the heavier side of the spectrum but maintains an unusual sense of elegance and grace. I had intended to keep a bottle for a 2013-14 experiment, but apparently this is my last one :(. Update: woohoo! Found at least one more of these laying around. Will check back in Xmas of 2013! (2262 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 12/13/2011 & rated 94 points: Pop/pour. I prefer this to the '05 WS Flax also opened. This one sweet on the nose, without the corresponding sour found on the Flax. Sweet fruits and a whiff of baking bread. On the palate, not quite as lush at present as compared to the Flax, but seemingly more complex with a longer finish. Interesting bit of pine resin stays on the palate forever. A bit of tannins on the finish. Absolutely no rush on these. I'll be opening another one over the holidays, but will try to save a couple remaining bottles for Xmas 2013. (2114 views)
 Tasted by rosenst1 on 12/8/2011 & rated 95 points: took to a birthday dinner at Boulevard in SF. Decanted 30 minutes prior to drinking. Lovely red ruby color; fantastic floral nose or red fruits and spice. On the palate, this is seamless with a repeating of the floral notes and then a smoky spicy finishing note. This lasted well into the evening but began to become a little disjointed after a few hours. Superb wine that I feel is drinking at peak. (2097 views)
 Tasted by tederf on 10/23/2011 & rated 95 points: Berserkerfest at Barbetta. A wonderful Pinot. Very mellow. Good acid - very long finish. The fruit was subtle but delicious strawberry flavors. Sorry I only had one of these. It got better as it opened up. Should have had a good decant. (2171 views)
 Tasted by dhammer53 on 10/22/2011 & rated 94 points: Drank this at Berserkerfest at Barbetta in NYC. From the first taste, this was Yum. Like an old friend. A little woody. Oh man. This is great juice. It was still going strong after 90 minutes. (2420 views)
 Tasted by JMartin on 8/21/2011: Great Pinot, one of WS best bottlings and from a very good vintage. Smooth and silky. (2045 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 8/19/2011 & rated 92 points: 14% alcohol. not decanted, but based on it's evolution in the glass over 4 hours, you certainly could, as i have found more to recommend post air. initially there is cola, which is not my favorite expression in pinot, and the wine tasted very much like it had whole cluster fermentation. i believe they destem, so i was happier when that stylistic profile faded with the dominant cola note. what develops is a richly complex domestic pinot that is quite polished and full bodied without being goopy, ripe without being voluptuous. cherry, raspberry, black cherry, strawberry, and some ubiquitous forest floor. muscular and meaty and moderate tannin. i just read bob cabral's latest newsletter where he addresses when to drink his wines, and the reading prompted my decision to open this tonight, although having salmon for dinner helped it along. he recommends you hold SVDs a minimum of fve years, and try for seven on these "bigger" wines. close enough. i have a couple more, and i say drink, ok, preferably hold a couple more years. i think this will show well for up to 10+ years past vintage because it has complexity and structure to spare. my note will probably sound better than my score, 92, but don't be put off by that, i do like the wine. it's just that getting to 93 requires an exceptional wine, and i merely feel this is very good. i'd be looking for more elegant balance to raise the score. (2275 views)
 Tasted by wabi47 on 5/27/2011 & rated 92 points: decanted for one hour then drunk with friends at booneville hotel; dry cherry, raspberry, rhubarb, must, mineral; nicely balanced and still opening up over the meal (2288 views)
 Tasted by shaneajohnson on 2/9/2011: Good solid Pinot, but really poor on the QPR dimension. (2767 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 12/25/2010 & rated 92 points: Thought it was smooth and ready when opened. But, it really filled out throughout the 2 hours. (2773 views)
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