2010 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Very pure, lively aromas of black raspberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense, spicy and sweet but almost weightless, offering nuanced flavors of dark berries and flowers complicated by bitter chocolate and woodsmoke. The persistent, floral-tinged finish features silky, fine-grained tannins and very good energy.
Here, again, there is a pert aspect and a spark of freshness that runs this wine's length, yet there is also a good measure of very attractive young fruit at its heart. Spry but not stiff, and sporting the kind of acidity that will keep it going for years, it may never reach the heights that mark the single-site thoroughbreds in the winery's portfolio, but it is a carefully crafted, very well-focused Pinot Noir all the same.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Williams Selyem's 2010 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is gorgeous. Juicy, open and expressive, the 2010 is bursting with sweet, radiant red fruit. Floral and spice nuances develop later, but the 2010 remains a forward, fruit-driven wine best enjoyed over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. (AG)
Acidity hits the tongue like a squeeze of lime juice, making it savory and mouthwatering. It really needs food to help it soften. Bone dry and elegantly structured, it has pleasant flavors of sour cherry candy, pomegranate and spice.
Offers a mix of ripe black cherry and plum, with a crushed rock edge, tight and firm, persistent on the finish. Should gain. Best from 2013 through 2021.