2006 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Wine & Spirits
There's something in this wine that's rivetingly true to its place, a classical simplicity, as if smelling cherry blossoms in a coastal forest, or picking raspberries along Westside Road. It has the gentleness of great Russian River pinot, and a bright, happy flavor that lasts for minutes. From five neighboring vineyards, including Rochioli and Flax, with 90 percent of the fruit coming from Williams Selyem estate plantings at Drake and Litton. Winemaker Bob Cabral believes it's his best Russian River Pinot Noir in years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Captivating, perfumed bouquet of spicy raspberry, blackberry and fresh rose. Sappy and broad, with deep but energetic red fruit flavors, supple texture and no obvious tannins. Gains power on the finish, which delivers a wallop of sweet raspberry and candied blackcurrant. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
While similar in character, here the fruit aromas are slightly more deeply pitched than those of the Sonoma coast and lead to noticeably fuller and richer flavors that retain the same detail and precision on the moderately more complex and persistent finish. Delicious but not simple.
*One Star* Sporting the red cherry fruit one looks for in Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs, this pleasing expression of grape and place comes with a veneer of enriching oak that lifts its aromas nicely and fills out its tasty, youthfully energetic flavors. Full in body at entry and somewhat supple across the palate, this wine delivers its fully fruited flavors with an added fillip of a stony, minerally underpinning. Look for it to age for several years and to be a fine mate to game birds and veal chops.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Pinot Noir Russian River, which is primarily from their estate vineyards, is a beauty, showing nice, earthy, berry fruit, with hints of strawberry, underbrush, and loamy soil notes. (RP)
Very dry, tart and silky, this is a great Williams Selyem Pinot to drink now. It shows the classic elegance of the appellation, with nuanced flavors of raspberries, cherries, red currants, cloves, anise and pepper.
Medium-bodied plum and black cherry flavors are delicate and appealing, with a dash of cedar and spice on the finish. (JL)