2009 Williams-Selyem "Olivet Lane" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Explosively perfumed and pure on the nose, showing mineral-laced red berry and cherry qualities complicated by sexy spices and flowers. Really heady pinot, with exotic red fruit compote and floral pastille flavors and a silky, seamless texture. The spiciness dominates the very long, sappy, incisive finish. This will be a beauty in a few years and should age gracefully. There are only 191 cases of this wine, the first Olivet Lane bottling for Williams-Selyem since the 1997. Cabral said that he was thrilled to be able to work with this fruit again, 'even if there wasn't much, because it's a return to a vineyard that put the winery on the map, which makes this feel like coming full circle.' (ST)
**Two Stars** From its pure and precise aromas to its deep, well-composed flavors this handsome young Pinot shows a fine and confident sense of direction to its complex, slightly dusty, dried-flower and ripe-cherry components. Its keen acidity firms without intruding, and it is thus a wonderfully ageworthy wine even if tasty now, and it ranks with the better renditions of Olivet Lane fruit we have tasted.
This fragrant, delicate style exhibits a rich black cherry and blueberry core of flavors that lend a measure of finesse and refinement. Ends with a subtle mineral, loamy earth note. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane Vineyard is one of the more gracious, mid-weight wines in this lineup. It floats across the palate with sweet dark cherries, crushed, flowers, mint, licorice and spices. The Olivet Lane is all about subtlety, and there is plenty of that here. (AG)