2003 Williams Selyem "Westside Road Neighbors" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Compared to the winery’s regular Russian River bottling, this is considerably more tannic. Yet it doesn’t take long for the spiced plum pudding, cherry compote, black raspberry, cola and smoky oak flavors to kick in. Fantastic now, and should hold for the remainder of this decade.
Dark purple-red, very rich and complex, with concentrated wild berry and blackberry fruit flavors that are firm and dense. Impressive for its depth and focus; the flavors pick up a plum and boysenberry note on the finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The outstanding, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Pinot Noir Westside Neighbors offers alluring aromas of sweet black cherries, raspberries, and honeyed currants. With superb fruit, nice minerality, and a medium to full-bodied texture, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 3-5 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of dark raspberry, cola, sandalwood and sweet oak. A step up in flavor intensity over the regional bottlings, with notes of candied blackberry, strawberry and vanilla. Riper and sweeter than the RRV bottling, but kept fresh by firm acidity. Finishes with chewy, building, rather suave tannins. (ST)