2009 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
So good, you want to drain the bottle and ask for a second. With a silky texture and clean, vibrant acidity, its flavors range from wild cherries and raspberries to root beer and licorice and bacon, with a plethora of Indian spices. The touch of oak is smoky and deft. Drink over the next five years or so.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Sexy aromas of strawberry and raspberry are complicated by subtle cola and rose nuances, along with mounting spiciness. Tangy red fruit flavors gain depth and sweetness with air, taking a turn toward cherry preserve and spicecake, with silky tannins adding shape. This very nicely focused, taut wine finishes with excellent thrust and persistent spiciness. Cabral said ruefully that "people will drink this too young, as usual, simply because it isn't vineyard-designated." (ST)
This spicy Pinot delivers black cherry, plum and raspberry notes. This is medium- to full-bodied, and delicate, with silky tannins and a long, pure finish that's quite attractive. Drink now through 2018.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is aromatically similar to the Westside Road with nicely rounded but well-detailed medium weight flavors that conclude in a balanced and admirably persistent finish. This restrained and poised effort is presently on the serious and somber side but should age well. Lovely.
This one is nominally a little lower in alcohol than its mates above, but it does not lack for richness and concentration in its aromas where ripe red cherry and raspberry fruit join with an attractive overly of crème brûlée oak. Supple on the palate and somewhat round in its early palatal feel, this one takes a half step back in volume and invites nearer term drinking. It can grow with a few years in bottle but does not demand it.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a great introduction to the style of Pinot prevalent on the coast. Flowers, mint and red berries come together beautifully in this energetic, vibrant Pinot. Sweet floral notes add brightness and lift on the high-toned finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. I tasted a dizzying array of Pinot Noirs from Williams Selyem and winemaker Bob Cabral. Yields were down in 2009 because of bunch-stem necrosis, a condition that can occur because of weather/humidity extremes or mineral imbalances. Otherwise, it was a pretty regular vintage with an even set and a harvest that took place beginning in early September. (AG)