2008 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Wine & Spirits
Bright and fresh, this wine gives a weightless impression, like rose petals floating on rainwater. There's substance in the tannic structure underneath, with an earthiness and acidity-somewhere between pine and lemon-to keep the tannin fresh. The texture incorporates both the delicate fruit and the earthy tannin, needing cellar time to bring the two into greater harmony.
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Deep red. Pure, fresh aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, licorice and cola: classic RRV pinot. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, with a medicinal reserve to its dark berry and cola flavors. Building tannins call for six or seven years of patience. Finishes with sweet berry and cherry qualities and lingering spiciness.
The wine is dry and crisp and fruity, with cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, cola and cedar flavors.
Delicate and fragrant, with spicy black cherry and wild berry flavors of moderate complexity and depth...
If you've never been able to afford or get your hands on one of this legendary winery's vineyard designates, here's a great introduction. Cherry cola, tangy rhubarb and cigar box, all perfectly integrated.