2010 Williams Selyem "Allen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Choosing a favorite from the Williams Selyem lineup is a difficult, if wholly, enjoyable task most every year, and, in 2010, picking becomes harder yet as there are so many successes from which to choose. Still, this extraordinarily deep and perfectly balanced bottling rises with the cream to the top, and its impressions of polish and controlled potency are the stuff of greatness. It is already complex but not nearly so much as it will be later on, and it is in all ways a collectable wine that belongs in the cellar of every dyed-in-the-wool devotee of fine California Pinot Noir.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Heady scents of black raspberry, boysenberry, incense and rose, along with subtle notes of white pepper and five-spice powder. Sweet, spicy and expansive, offering powerful red and dark berry compote flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. Clings impressively on the endless, mineral-accented finish, leaving spices and flowers behind. (ST)
*Cellar Selection* Somewhat aloof now, this has grippy tannins that lock down the palate. Underneath the grip are complex flavors of juicy blackberry, plum sauce and exotic spice, with brooding earthy notes and sweet, smoky oak tones. Very fine, but one for the cellar. Give it at least 6–8 years, and it could easily go for another decade beyond that, gradually becoming more delicate, supple and complex.
Offers a solid core of rich dark berry and raspberry that is firm and tight, easing up a little before ending with subtle rose petal and earthy notes. Drink now through 2021. (JL)