2004 Williams Selyem "Bucher Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Young and closed now, this is a terrific Pinot, stuffed with major league blackberry, cherry and cola fruit, and so balanced and rich. The tannins are there, the acidity, the bigtime oak, and it all comes together in a complex finish. Fine now, if you decant for a few hours, or hold for 10 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Perfumed nose combines spices, rose petal, mocha, underbrush, minerals and earth. Fat, lush and sweet; creamy but with shape. Dominant flavors of spices, white pepper and forest floor. Attractive, spicy wine, and better than the 2003 version.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Bucher Vineyard, which is a hillside vineyard on Westside Road planted with Dijon clones 115, 667, and the older Pommard clone, seems to follow the same formula as the Westside Road Neighbors – lots of acid, sweet and sour cherries intermixed with smoke, underbrush, and pomegranate. (RP)
Firm, intense and vibrant, with a beam of black cherry and raspberry fruit that's focused and persistent, ending with a minerally edge. Drink now through 2010. 375 cases made.
Williams-Selyem hardly needs an introduction. This ever-popular winery from the Russian River Valley has an incredible selection of single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The 2004 vintage was made by winemaker Bob Cabral. The Bucher Vineyard is mostly Dijon Clones planted in gravelly loam.