2011 Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Assertive aromas of raspberry, cherry and rose oil, with Asian spice and anise accents building with air. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet red berry flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Shows very good energy on the long finish, which features a flash of white pepper. (ST)
While a slight suggestion of raspberry preserves may nudge this one in the direction of ripeness, yet there is no questioning the wine's varietal credentials. It is medium-full-bodied and slightly fleshy in feel with a late-arriving trim of heat to its direct, mid-density flavors. It does not suggest much in the way of layering now, nor does it promise to become complex with age, but we like its clean and uncomplicated fruit, and it will do nicely as a near term partner to milder meats.
Wine & Spirits
Clean cherry fruit presented on a smooth texture makes this an easy match for steak frites. The tannins have the satisfying feel of beach sand, cool underneath.
Sweetly attractive in raspberry and cherry jam flavors that are bright and zesty, while smoky oak brings spicy-sweet notes of vanilla bean and buttered cinnamon toast. Despite all the sheer lusciousness, this Pinot finishes dry. Drink now.
Offers complex layers of plum, wild berry, raspberry and spice, ending with a graceful finish. Drink now through 2018. (JL, Web-2013)