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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..........
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drank one hour after opening, then again 2nd day. Initially, light, balanced strawberry & cherry, somewhat jammy, not overpowering. Second day, big nose, more concentrated & deeper flavors; still not overpowering. Overall a nice wine but nothing exceptional. WS needs to produce fewer more focused selections, not 30 different single vineyard marketing opportunities.
After standing for 1 hour, this Pinot exhibited typical California dark fruit-especially Strawberry and cherry. Balanced in the mouth with a medium finish. Enjoyed at a post-Thanksgiving turkey dinner with friends. All agreed a quality wine and a good pairing with the food. Highly recommend.
Good amounts of cherry and raspberry. Some nice spices outside the norm, like fennel and anise. Very nice acidity that's concentrated w/o being sour. Great food wine.
But for me this points out why it's good to blind taste a wine like this. It's just hard to meet expectations when you know the price and that you've had wines that are noticeably better at half the price.
Nose: Amazing nose of floral, funk, fennel, forest floor (please forgive the alliteration), strawberries, raspberries, cassis and mint. Palate: Upon pop and pour showed very ripe raspberry fruits (although firm acidity acted as a counterpoint). Along with the raspberries shows strawberries and some cranberry hints along with the cassis. Medium length finish. Unreal nose. The Flax vineyard was a little better but this is still compelling and a very solid effort by one the Pinot pioneers of CA.
Really top-notch pinot noir with striking dark cherry fruit. Very fresh, concentrated and layered with a lovely fleshy texture. This bottling is really starting to come into its own as the vines continue to age and I would expect this to age beautifully but what a joy to drink right now.
Alright, so I'm an idiot. After opening a bottle of '05 WS Central Coast earlier in the evening and being very pleased with it, the question came to mind "I wonder how the SVDs are doing". And this was the first one I put my hands on. Popped/poured.
For me, it's not ready, at least on a pop/pour basis. But, diving into the notes - on the nose, brighter and more complex than the Central Coast, with a hint of earth and sour rhubarb. On the palate, tight and leaning too much toward acidic at this point. It's nicely balanced for later drinking, but the fruit hasn't unfolded yet. A sense of stems. Another 3-4 years, and this will be killer. A decant for present consumption.
A bright note and complexity not found in the Central Coast. In a lot of ways, a completely different wine. Side-by-side, the Central Coast seems almost one dimensional. But the CC continues to satisfy on its own, without the comparison. I'm looking forward to popping the Rochioli....but not before 2012.
Stemy nuance overlayed on cherry, rose and orange peel aromas. On the palate bright cherry and raspberry fruit lead into rose, orange rind and mineral. Seductive, alluring wine that is delicious now, but currently lacks the depth and grip to take it to the next level. Drink now-2017. 90 pts.
Great nose of pure Pinot. Some earth and cherries. Touch of sweetness with the cherries. Elegant and silky. Long finish with a bit of brown spices. All well balanced. Delicious on its own and even fantastic with a steak.
Deep, clear ruby color. Powerful nose of cherry and earthy mineral. This earthy, full-bodied Pinot opens with a rich cherry taste and evolves in your mouth to reveal its rich earthiness. A perfect time to drink this bottle is now.
From the Pick-up weekend, this was a bottling which was not showing as impressively as either Vista Verde, or Weir. The Rochioli came across as simple and open knit in comparison, with a watery, short finish. It was smooth and creamier on the palate and I could not find the elevated acid level which was mentioned. While the color was med garnet and indicated greater extraction, it did not follow suit in the mouth. It gave an impression of refinement and elegance, but to the point of detriment as something just wasn't quite there. Hope this does not apply to all RRV single vineyards from this release, as I am heavily vested.