Vineyard: Flax

AppellationRussian River Valley
StoryA respected vineyard made famous by Williams Selyem located in the Upper Reach of the Russian River Valley.
Dates Planted2002-2005
LocationOverlooks Westside Road and the Russian River beyond.
AspectEast; 2-10% slope
SoilsRiverwash and Pajaro gravelly loam
VarietiesPinot Noir
ClonesPommard (non-heat-treated)
Trellis Spacing5' x8'; vertical trellis; rootstock 10114 and 039-16

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 Castalia Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

370 cases, $55. Released February 1, 2015. Aged 15 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of Bing cherries, spice, vanilla and sandalwood. Deeply flavored with luscious dark cherry fruit that shows real brilliance. The attack is eye-opening and the cherry fruit really grabs on to the tenacious finish. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was noticeably better and the finish was flat-out amazing. If you aren’t on the Rochioli mailing list (or even if you are), and you pine for Rochioli fruit, this is a superb wine to buy. Score: 93. Reviewed April 20, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 430 cases, $54. Pommard clone. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely scented with aromas of fresh Bing cherries, baked cookies and spice. Bright, sappy, cherry and raspberry fruit clothed in tawny tannins. Richly concentrated with complimentary oak treatment and some finishing intensity. Hard to ignore the prodigious fruit. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $54. · A signature Russian River Valley Pinot nose perfumed with nicely spiced berry and cherry compote with an echo of oak. Very tasty panoply of red berries and cherries intensely composed like a flavorful liquor. Juicy with a smooth viscous mouth feel, supple tannins and perfect balance. A great wine that reminds me of old vintages of Williams Selyem and one of my favorites in this lineup. Reviewed February 15, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2001 Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.61, $46. Harvested at 23.9-24.1 Brix. Aged 17 months in 60% new and 40% 1- year-old Francois Freres oak barrels. · Bright and nuanced nose showing off scents of raspberries, cranberries, cola and wet wood. Delicious core of moderately rich black cherries and boysenberries with a touch of earthiness and cherry cola. Soft, smooth and very pleasing. Reviewed April 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »