2008 Williams Selyem "Westside Road Neighbors" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated red. Captivating aromas of cherry-cola, pepper, Indian spices, cocoa powder and sandalwood. Then intense, spicy and penetrating in the mouth, with vibrant raspberry and wild strawberry flavors dominating. Finishes pungent, spicy and long, with a palate-staining whiplash of flavor. This calls for another five years of aging.
Generally among our favorite Williams Selyem Pinots, the Westside Road Neighbors bottling is, in this outing, a deep but slightly hidden wine. Keen and concentrated and a bit firmer in balance, it is at once well-stuffed and still on the nervy side. If needing time in which to unfold, it nonetheless shows a good dose of very confident young fruit, and its present impressions of pertness should give way to layered richness after three or four years have passed.
*Cellar Selection* You don’t want to drink this wine now. It’s way too tannic, which also accentuates the acidity. It all makes for a tough palate experience, despite rich raspberry, cherry, cola and cedar flavors. So stash this vastly interesting Pinot Noir in your cellar for 3-5 years. But if you can’t, decant. Even overnight.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Similar in color, the 2008 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors displays notes of loamy soil and underbrush mixed with red currants, cherry and spice. It is medium-bodied and slightly more supple than the Eastside, but seductive. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is notably riper with better aromatic complexity as well to the pretty mix of spice, red and blue pinot fruit and hint of cranberry that slides gracefully into the sappy and serious flavors that possess reasonably good mid-palate concentration. Though there is the same tanginess present, it's more modulated.