2011 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
**Cellar Selection** Williams Selyem expresses the intricacies of this vineyard with more consistency than any other winery. This remarkably intellectual, ageworthy wine is bone dry, with marked acidity and complexity. The flavors range from wild cherries, cola and balsam to raspberry tart and buttered cinnamon toast. Its complexity is like a mandala, increasing in beauty the longer one examines it. A softly tannic bitterness lingers on the finish; drink 2019–2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of red and dark berries, smoky herbs and potpourri, with touches of vanilla and cola. Zesty black raspberry and candied cherry flavors pick up a spicy quality in the mid-palate, along with slow-building sweetness. Taut but nicely concentrated, with excellent finishing clarity and sneaky, fine-grained tannins contributing shape and grip. (ST)
A little held back in the nose relative to a good many of its more outgoing mates with slowly revealed elements of dried herbs, spice and stones in league with its equally slow-to-show fruit, this one tips ever so slightly to sturdiness, and it has the feel of a wine that wants to age. It is sufficiently deep and balanced to win the nod as wine worth waiting on, and, if perhaps never as pristine or pretty as some, it will have more to say several years hence.
Sweet roses, dried cherries and mint emerge from the glass in the 2011 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard. Here the style is floral and quite lifted, with lovely brightness and finesse. The wine's mid-weight structure suggests it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Autumn leaves, spices and worn-in leather linger on a finish that is fragile and a touch fleeting. (AG)
This medium-weight version is marked by vivid, vibrant raspberry, blackberry and wild berry flavors, fresh and snappy, ending with gripping, fine-grained tannins and a scent of mint and dried herb. Drink now through 2024. (Web-2014)