2011 Williams Selyem "Foss Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, smoke- and spice-accented aromas and flavors of black raspberry and cherry cola show impressive clarity. Vibrant and precise, with excellent back-end lift and cut. Repeats the berry and cola notes on a long, seamless penetrating finish. (ST)
Although a modest 13.9% alcohol, this fairly fleshy, relatively full-bodied offering shows a decent sense of extract and ready ripeness. It veers just a bit from the expected cherry-like themes of Russian River Pinot and smacks of berries and black plums, and its tendency to fleshy fullness on the palate is countered by a fair measure of cranberry-like acidity. As is the case with most of its mates, it is more than enjoyable right now, but its many pieces should knit more seamlessly once a few years have passed.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Among the four Russian River offerings, the 2011 Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard exhibits a dense ruby color as well as plenty of sweet cherry and apple butter-like characteristics, a medium-bodied mouthfeel, decent acidity and a moderately long finish. Drink this attractive Pinot over the next 5-8 years. (RP)
Dark cherry, plum, savory herbs, licorice and menthol all flesh out in the 2011 Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard. A dark, supple Pinot, the Foss should continue to drink nicely for the next handful of years. (AG)
Offers a complex mix of loamy earth, crushed rock and dried berry and plum flavors, with touches of cigar box and cedar, ending with drying tannins. Drink now through 2019. (JL, Web-2014)