2006 Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Rich in fine, pure tannins, this Pinot is delicious now, but has the structure to age. It shows ripe wild black cherry, currant, mocha, anise and spice flavors that finish with a smoky, oaky sweetness.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Powerful kirsch and blackcurrant aromas are deepened by dark chocolate and mocha. Deep and chewy, with concentrated cherry and dark berry flavors, picking up baking spices on the back end. A rich, fleshy style of Pinot, with serious finishing power and length. 92+ (ST)
*One Star* Marked by the same keen fruity focus shared by virtually all of the Williams Selyem clan, the Hirsch Vineyard bottling is a comparatively elegant wine that steers away from overt ripeness and achieves a real sense of grace. Slightly velvety in texture and impeccably balanced with a fine line of lingering, cherry-like fruit, it is enjoyable right now and does not demand extended time in the cellar.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From heritage California clones, the 2006 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard displays high tannins, lots of body and depth, a distinct damp earthiness, and plenty of pomegranate and red cherry fruit. ... As I have said before, there is a clear 'house' style, with wines tending to have a slightly higher acid profile, lower pHs. But there is no doubting that these are well-made wines which are, for the most part, age-worthy Pinot Noirs which, with some patience, reward cellaring. In 2006, a challenging vintage in the Russian River area (less so on the Sonoma Coast), the 2006 vintage has turned out well at Williams-Selyem. (RP)
A soft, fleshy style, with attractive aromas and medium-weight plum and black cherry fruit that's delicate and spicy.