2011 Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Sunday, March 03, 2013


The Pinot Noir for this blend was sourced from the Drake Estate Vineyard, the Calegari Vineyard, the Lone Oak Vineyard, and from the Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard. It was aged in French oak (34% new, 44% 1 year old, 22% 2 year old) for 10 months.

On the nose I get lovely aromas of red currant, cranberry sauce, red raspberry, red plum, Bing cherry. There are also some secondary aromas of toasted oak, dried herb, and fig. I get a slight sensation of alcohol as well, which unfortunately creeps through the fruit filled aromatics. Perhaps with a bit of bottle age that will integrate.....

On the palate the wine the wine continues to demonstrate its red fruit character, with cherry and tart red raspberry taking stage. The wine is rather tart and holds a high acidity which is typical of Sonoma Pinot and in particular this cooler 2011 vintage. The wine finishes with extended notes of toasted oak and cherry/cranberry flavors.

Overall this is a very nice Pinot Noir that demonstrates true varietal character and the nuances of a cooler Sonoma County vintage. The problem I have with this wine is that it's hard to come by (retail wise) and it's overpriced if you can find it.... I've tasted Pinot of similar quality for $20-25 retail. A Sonoma County AVA Pinot should never be over $100 on a restaurant wine list, and unfortunately the price this wine is sold at wholesale will place it against Burgundy's mid-tier wines, which are superior in quality.  89 points
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