2012 Williams Selyem "Olivet Lane" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
This outstanding effort ranks among the richest and best-filled examples of Olivet Lane Pinot that we can recall, and, while deep in fully-ripened, black cherry fruit, it is as noteworthy for its careful, very keen sense of balance as for its considerable generosity. It is moderately full-bodied and fleshy in feel, and its ready ripeness is tempered by neatly matched acidity that lifts and brightens its wonderfully persistent finish. It delivers lots to like now, and we would not turn down a bottle if offered with dinner tonight, but as good as it is at the moment, it can only get better with age.
**Cellar Selection** Dry, tart and balanced, it has keen acidity highlighting complex flavors of pomegranates, persimmons, cherries and sandalwood, with the earthy, plummy sweetness of mu shu sauce. This wine gets better and better as it breathes in the glass. It’s hard to keep from opening it now, but it will benefit from aging; best after 2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Pungent, smoke-tinged aromas of dried cherry, blackberry and musky herbs, with a potpourri nuance building in the glass. Juicy, concentrated and expansive, offering cherry-cola and licorice pastille flavors and a hint of rose. Building tannins shape the clinging, smoky finish, which leaves a bitter cherry note behind. Bob Cabral told me he thinks this vineyard is producing more masculine wines than it did in the past. (ST)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane Vineyard offers lovely immediacy and plenty of early appeal. Crushed flowers, mint, sweet red berries and subtle earthy notes all take shape in the glass. The 2012 has an attractive sense of poise and centeredness, although it remains a bit chunky and rough around the edges. (AG)