2005 Williams Selyem "Westside Road Neighbors" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Explosive strawberry and raspberry liqueur scents are accented by exotic spice and cola notes on the vibrant nose. Enticing sweet red berry flavors are lifted by fresh acidity and firmed by dusty tannins. The finish of suave, focused red fruits shows excellent persistence and purity. Platonic Russian River pinot that's irresistible right now. (ST)
I love the delicate complexity of this Pinot, which is a blend of five vineyards along this famous wine trail. If you want to understand RRV Pinot, and particularly from the stretch they call the Middle Reach, study this wine. Dry, crisp and silky, it shows beautifully ripened cherry, raspberry, cola, pomegranate and spicy-herbal flavors, perfectly integrated with smoky oak, and the brilliant acid-tannin balance of a great vintage.
**Two Stars** A perennial favorite here at CGCW, the Westside Road Neighbors bottling comes through once again. Its lovely aromas of sweet oak and perfectly ripened cherries are paralleled in all ways by its deeply filled and carefully composed flavors. Youthful acids presently bring a slight edge of stiffness to the finish, but given the two or three years of age that it so clearly deserves, this one will ultimately be as refined and well-polished as it is rich.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It was difficult to penetrate and evaluate. I love the sexy, sensual character of the 2005 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors. There are just under 1,000 cases of this glorious Pinot, which comes across like a premier cru from the Cote de Beaune. Dark plum/ruby-tinged with sweet kirsch, pomegranate, raspberry, and dusty, loamy soil scents, this medium to full-bodied, elegant, pure wine is totally captivating. It is everything a top-notch Pinot Noir should be. (RP)
Floral, lavender and rose petal scents are richer on the palate, with plum and black cherry flavors. Tight and compact, this provides a glimpse of what lies ahead on the finish, where the fruit joins the mineral and fresh earth scents.