2003 Williams Selyem "Peay Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Here’s a dark, dense Pinot, brooding under its cloak of tannins and acids. It’s absolutely dry, with intense cherry pie, cola, root beer and oak flavors. If you drink it now without decanting, you’ll find a tough, hard wine. Let it breathe for a day, and it will begin to suggest its charms. Or let it develop naturally in the cellar for six years.
Tightly wound, intense without being overbearing, with dense mineral, black cherry and wild berry. Sharply focused and deeply concentrated, the finish is rich and persistent, with wonderful detail and length.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The acidic flavors of the deep ruby/purple-colored 2003 Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard are accompanied by cranberry, raspberry, red currant, and cold steel characteristics. Clearly a cool climate Pinot with striking minerality, high acidity, and a pure, delineated style, it should age for a decade or more. (91+, RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very good medium ruby color. Wild black fruits, violet and smoke on the nose. A dense, muscular wine that delivers a real whack of fruit. Quite powerful and penetrating if not yet especially complex. Lifted by a tangy note of cranberry. This structured, large-scaled wine has a lower pH (3.45) than this winery's other 2003 pinots and is quite distinct in style. From a very cool site that clearly offers considerable potential.