2011 Williams Selyem "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
One sip is all it takes to be blown away by this Pinot’s beauty. It’s exquisitely crafted, a testament to both the vineyard and the winery’s oenological talent. The palate is bright and tangy with acidity, and incredibly complex flavors of wild berries, mushrooms, balsam, cola and Asian spices. It’s dramatic now, but will continue to improve for at least 15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Deep, smoke-accented aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and licorice, with a peppery topnote. Juicy, palate-staining dark fruit flavors are enlivened by a floral quality and show a smooth, velvety texture. The wine becomes chewier on the clinging finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a hint of candied violet. (ST)
Sweet red cherries, plums, mint and rose petals meld together in the 2011 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard. A wine of texture and depth, the 2011 stands out for its fabulous silkiness and raciness, both very hard to come by in 2011. The flavors continue to blossom in this striking, drop-dead gorgeous Pinot from one of Sonoma's very best sites. This is a fabulous showing in a very challenging year. (AG)
Wine & Spirits
Williams Selyem’s 2011 Hirsch is a strapping wine, bursting with dark blue and purple fruit tones and showing a lot of cocoa-scented oak. It’s somewhat primary right now, but there’s a lively earthiness to the tannins that predicts complexity. With air, the wine’s full power and length begin to show, suggesting that this deserves some time in the cellar.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the Sonoma Coast, the 2011 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard offers classic Pommard-like notes of red apple skins, earth and black cherries. There is always a masculinity to this cuvee, and the 2011 is earthy, firm, tannic, rustic and beefy in a good sense. This medium-bodied Pinot will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and should keep for a decade. (RP)
Tight and dense, with pure and focused ripe plum and raspberry fruit, picking up anise and black licorice notes on the finish. Ends with a savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2023. (Web-2014)