Rapture Pinot Noir

Our original vintages of Rapture came from Los Carneros where the chill of the North Bay slows the Pinot Noir grape ripening so allowing more time to develop flavors best reflecting the true Burgundian style.  More recently however, Rapture has come from our second Russian River Valley vineyard.

Williamson Rapture Pinot Noir ®

In the glass it shows a medium ruby color. On the nose a plump plum aroma with overtones of sweet cranberry that will just carry you away in overwhelming emotion (rapture). In the mouth a full subtle fruit texture with a hint of chocolate on the finish. Perfect paired with mushroom, plum sauce or truffle seasonings on dishes like salmon, duck, lamb or pasta.

About Williamson Rapture Pinot Noir ®

We were happy with our Passion Russian River Pinot Noir but needed more so we found a hillside with cold updrafts and good sun exposure which became the site for Rapture our second Pinot Noir.

Pairing Food with Rapture Pinot Noir ®

Rapture shows dark cherry on the nose with a touch of mineral in the center pallet and hints of chocolate on the end. It will work best paired with foods having the following characteristics.

  • Texture – Soft to Medium
  • Flavor - Single earthy flavors
  • Spice – Low spice content
  • Loves – Truffle Salt

Perfect paired with mushroom, plum sauce or truffle seasonings on dishes like salmon, duck, lamb or pasta.   More . . .  

Background of Rapture Pinot Noir ®

Rapture is traditionally a blend of French Dijon grape clones, normally Pommard, 115 and 777. Each of the Dijon clones makes a different type of wine and each responds differently to the site in which they are planted so these Dijon clones do not produce the same wines they produce in Burgundy and it is a mistake to call them Burgundian.

Rapture is distinguished by high quality, cool-climate fruit nurtured in hand-tended vineyards that are thinned for low yields of flavorful grapes. The climate is defined by warm days, cool nights, summer fog and a long growing season that coaxes grapes to maturity slowly and consistently, with balanced sugar and acidity.

Our Vineyard elevation ranges from 50 to 250 feet. The diversity of growing conditions across this vineyard property and its well-drained soils make it perfect for the cultivation of intensely flavorful red wines with elegant fruit and no tannic bitterness.

MAYA: Why are you so in to Pinot?

MILES: Um, it's a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It's uh, it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It's, you know, it's not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it's neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet.

Dialogue from the movie "Sideways"