2011 Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $79. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. This wine veers to the ripe side with aromas of blackberry, black currant and spice, and flavors of darker cherry, berry, plum and tobacco-laced oak. Very easy to drink with a silky texture and gossamer tannins. Well-crafted with impeccable balance, but lacks some flavor intensity and inspiration. This vineyard performs best when the grapes reach full, very ripe maturity, but did not apparently in this cool vintage. Score: 87. Reviewed December 18, 2013

Winery: Williams Selyem
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir