2009 Williams-Selyem "Allen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Cellar Selection* A drop-dead gorgeous Pinot Noir that will satisfy everyone from Burgundy fans to diehard Cabernet cultists. Show an elegant complexity and silky texture that define great California Pinot Noir, yet with a powerful impact that emphasizes raspberries, cherries and blueberries. Brilliant acidity and tannins provide the perfect framework on this wine that’s drinkable now, and will develop over the next 15–20 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Explosive perfume of wild strawberry, raspberry, incense and Asian spices, along with a sexy floral undertone. Deeply pitched but very fresh red berry flavors are lithe and precise, with a rose pastille quality gaining strength with air. At once powerful and graceful, finishing with excellent lift and persistence. Outstanding clarity here. (ST)
Dried fruit such as strawberries and black cherries with hints of flowers and meat. Full body, with juicy tannins and a foie gras, meat, berry and spice character. Rich and intense. A vibrant acidity really gives it energy. Drink now or hold.
*Two Stars* Marked by subtle accents of cream and cola with an intimation of flowers in its deep and lively young nose, the Allen Vineyard version is a silky smooth Pinot once in the mouth whose fruity richness comes with a slightly lighter touch. It displays a long and insistent sense of the pure fruit that is part and parcel of the appellation's best efforts, and, while it is seductive right now, it is a finely balanced bottling whose acidy spark assures a few years of growth.
Marked by complex spicy, loamy earth, dried lavender and dried berry notes, this Pinot is full-bodied and tight, gaining richness and depth on the finish, where the flavors show a plummy minerality. Drink now through 2020. 286 cases made. (JL)