1999 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red-ruby color. Brambly red and black berries and mocha on the nose. Big and chewy in the mouth, with rather wild berry, earth and tobacco flavors. Dense, thick and palate-staining, with almost exotic sweetness perfectly balanced by brisk acidity. Finishes very long, with big, chewy tannins. Perhaps less pliant than the Riverblock offering, but a major mouthful of Pinot Noir, and not at all heavy.
Dazzling fruit complexity, with a range of black cherry, wild berry and plum. Holds its tight focus and finishing with a gush of flavors. Hints of clove and light oak add extra flavor nuances.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The limited production (200 cases) cuvee of 1999 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain comes from a young vineyard planted at an elevation of 1,800 feet. It possesses a tart, high acid, provocative bouquet of berry fruit, raspberries, cola, minerals, and flowers. Although tartness compresses the wine's texture, it is loaded, rich, and pure. Patience will be required.
The aromas are elusive, with cinnamon, clove and orange peel hints. There is an oaky element to the lighter-style strawberry fruit, and the finish is spicy, yielding heat at first before performing a smoother fade. Very pretty and not terribly big-boned or extracted.