2004 Williams Selyem "Flax Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Editor's Choice* This is really a fabulous Pinot Noir that is absolutely Grand Cru. It’s balanced, but what’s hard to describe is how the wine can be silky and airy, yet dense and complex. The fruit is amazingly ripe, a detonation of cherries, cola, raspberries, pomegranates and coffee, with new oaky layers of caramel, toast and vanilla, but it all comes together in a seamless, elegant, complex experience that’s a joy to savor.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* A very subtle hint of menthol highlights the beautiful red and blue fruit mix nuanced by background hints of spice that continue onto the rich, full, intense and deep flavors underpinned by excellent concentration and outstanding depth of material. This is a serious wine and along with the Hirsch is the standout among the WS '04s. In sum, a most impressive effort.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, plum and minerals. Dense and concentrated, with excellent inner-mouth spice character and energy. In a distinctly masculine, black-fruit style for a wine from this producer, and not at all overly sweet. In fact, this is classically dry, broad and very young. In the style of the 2003. 91+ (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard shows riper raspberries, more depth than some of the other cuvees, and an enticing nose of dried herbs, sweet fruit, and flowers. This pretty wine is medium-bodied but beautifully rendered and elegant. This one should age nicely. (RP)
Well-focused, tight and compact, with a rich mix of earthy currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's clean and refreshing, with a long, lingering aftertaste. (JL)