2003 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Wine & Spirits
The broad texture is there when this is first poured, with light, tangy strawberry and red currant flavors feeling lean against the full tannins. Then air fills out the fruit with a generous, dry savor, the wine feeling as cool as the redwood forest floor in the western stretches of the Russian River Valley.
This Pinot is so addictively delicious. It’s a big wine, in color and even some tannins, with juicy cherry, plum and cola flavors, but somehow manages to maintain elegance and delicacy. What a finish. It goes on for a full minute.
**Two Stars** Another outstanding bottling, this one makes a seemingly fuller and plumper statement in its nicely filled aromas and engaging flavors. It is similarly supple with a touch of Pinot's inviting feel on the palate, and its ripe, rich aftertaste holds well despite the presence of some youthful pucker at the end. Useful now, it too can improve with cellaring.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The well-made 2003 Pinot Noir Russian River is primarily estate fruit (estate vineyards now comprise 34 acres). It is a medium-bodied effort revealing notes of raspberries, cherries, dried herbs, earth, and spice.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good dark ruby-tinged red. Black raspberry, cola, smoke, spices and loam on the nose, along with a whiff of orange peel. Fat, lush, oaky and full; large-scaled and a bit warm though not hugely sweet. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins.
Wins points for elegance and finesse, with a supple band of black cherry and wild berry fruit that's shaded by a touch of raspberry.