2001 Williams Selyem "Allen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Nearly as good as the Flax bottling, opening with a gorgeous aroma of mushroom, tobacco, coffee, Asian spice, cherry, blackberry and oaky vanillins. Like all the current releases, it’s very dry, but rich in sweetly ripe fruit and sweet oak. A little sharp now in acids, which should enable this beauty to age effortlessly through the decade.
Delicious. Elegant and spicy, delicate style, with vibrant, succulent black cherry and raspberry flavors that are rich, intense and concentrated, turning elegant and supple on a long, lively finish. (JL)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Initially, this was slightly funky with a decidedly dirty note but with air, things cleaned up to reveal what became positively gorgeous aromas of clean and pure red pinot fruit followed by beautifully detailed, delicious, sweet and very sappy flavors that offer impressive complexity and a linear but supple finish. This is quite Burgundian in style and so well balanced that it should age quite well.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The powerhouse 2001 Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard (359 cases) reveals copious quantities of raspberry and cherry fruit intertwined with hints of flowers, crushed rocks, wood, and autumnal/leafy notes. It explodes on the palate with great richness, power, and density, which obscure some hefty tannin. This fabulous Pinot should hit its prime in 1-2 years, and last for a decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red-ruby. Floral aromas of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, spices and rose petal. Intensely flavored, sappy and rich but quite tight today, conveying an impression of uncompromising dryness. Best right now on the very strong finish: the fruit and spice flavors really explode and linger. Cabral describes this as a classic version of Allen: 'The 2000 was almost too big and dark.' I look forward to retasting this very backward wine in the fall. 91+ (ST)