2003 Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1033194 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Concentrated and firmly built, this masterful pinot noir has a delicacy and a gentle exposition to its flavors. There's a lovely raspberry freshness, as well as a ghosting of tannin, as if drinking in the coastal fog. It's not complex, but completely satisfying. Another coastal beauty from Williams Selyem, 65 percent of it grown at their own Drake vineyard in the Russian River Valley.  (10/2005)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Lovely and expressive soft red pinot and ripe cherry fruit aromas that possess subtle undertones of sandalwood and spice combine with forward, soft, suave and velvety middle weight flavors that offer good if not special intensity and solid persistence. There is a trace of warmth on the moderately long finish and this is already sufficiently forward that it could be approached now though it should reward 4 to 6 years of cellar time.  (7/2005)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Nicely focused ripe cherry fruit notes hinting at a bit of juice to come in the flavors lead to a distinct soft quality in the entry of this wine before a narrowing edge of acidity joins the party. Full of vitality if somewhat piquant overall, this is one that might be right at home with teriyaki salmon.  (6/2005)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The well-made 2003 Pinot Noir 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  (2/2005)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pretty medium red color. Musky, perfumed aromas of strawberry, raspberry, spices and loam. Juicy, sweet and accessible, with flavors of red fruits, spices and loam. An edge of acidity gives shape to the wine. This will provide early pleasure. More concentrated, and less tomato-ey, than some past vintages of this bottling.  (5/2005)

Wine Enthusiast

 This textbook regional Pinot Noir displays a deft touch in the delicacy and silky finesse of the body, while holding nothing back in the way of flavor. Cherries, cola, sweet leather and dusty spices come together in a dry, smooth finish  (11/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Aromas of sour cherry, forest floor and nutmeg carry over to the palate, with crisp acidity and elegant tannins.  (7/2005)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

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