2003 Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Aromas of sour cherry, forest floor and nutmeg carry over to the palate, with crisp acidity and elegant tannins.