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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2007 Williams Selyem Russian River Pinot Noir

Williams Selyem is and has for some time been one of my favorite wine producers. I remember tasting a flight of their wines about six years ago that blew me away. I was somewhat new to the wine business in terms of tasting a wide variety of wines from around the world, and when I tasted this very wine (the Russian River Pinot Noir) I knew I had to get on their mailing list.

This wine was sourced from several great Russian River Vineyards including the Drake Estate Vineyard, the Allen Vineyard, the Flax Vineyard, the Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard, the Bucher Vineyard, and the Litton Estate Vineyard. It was barrel aged in French oak for 11 months (40% new, 30% 1-year-old, 30% 2-year-old)

On the nose I get a plentiful bouquet of ripe bing cherries, wild raspberry, cranberry, violet, vanilla, and spice. I love the purity and delineation of these wines and how they really speak the varietal character. Every time I smell the Selyem Pinot's I find myself saying, "Wow, this smells like Pinot Noir should smell".

On the palate this wine is full and fleshy and shows notes of ripe cherry, raspberry sauce, roasted vanilla bean, spice, hints of cherry cola, and a touch of anise. The acidity is razor sharp and the balance of fruit to oak is perfect. There is also a real concentration and backbone to the structure of this wine, hinting that it will only get better with a few more years in the cellar. This is very nice wine if you can get your hands on a bottle! 93 points

 
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