2002 Williams Selyem "Flax" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $80)
*Two Stars* Intriguing touches of dark earth, cloves and a wisp of vaguely woodsy spice lend singular personality to this very deep and impressively concentrated Pinot. Ripeness is more of an accent than the governing principle here, and solid, well-formed fruit is the wine's driving force. The wine has the velvety texture that good Pinot must, but its fleshy roundness is tempered by firming acids and a touch of integral tannin as it crosses the palate.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Complex aromas of blackberry, cassis, coffee, caramel and game. Begins very intense but rather lean, then builds and blossoms in the mouth, coating the palate with flavors of blackberry, cherry and rose. Ultimately lush but firmly tannic on the finish, in need of at least a couple years of additional cellaring. Like the Ferrington, this was aged in a relatively high 70% new oak. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aromas of coconut, pomegranate, sweet cherries, and blackberries emerge from the voluptuous, textured, layered 2002 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard. Surprisingly accessible and plump for a Williams-Selyem Pinot ... (RP)
Another Williams Selyem wine that tasters had differing opinions about. Several liked its rich array of black cherry, spicy plum and smoky oak, and overall balance and lushness. But one reviewer found it flabby and soft, with some residual sugar. You decide.
A smooth and notably harmonious young Pinot, with supple plum and black cherry flavors that are focused and pure through the finish, where it shows a touch of cedary oak.
This 2002 Flax was made during the early years of winemaker Bob Cabral's tenure at Williams Selyem.