2013 Williams Selyem "Terra De Promissio" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
*Two Stars* Introduced by a lovely nose of fresh cherries and showing a careful touch of tailored oak sweetness, this very deep and decidedly well-crafted wine follows with generous and genuinely juicy young flavors that, while wholly engaging, have a sense of reserve that points the way to a bright future ahead. It is both tasty and tight with the exemplary balance and structure of an eminently age-worthy Pinot Noir, and, even more than its handsome companion from the Olivet Lane Vineyard, it warrants another three to five years of age.
A virile, imposing wine, the 2013 Pinot Noir Terra de Promissio Vineyard is quite backward today, but the wine's energy and overall intensity are compelling. Crushed rocks, smoke, graphite, black cherries and spices open up in the glass, but the 2013 is at least a few years away from being ready to drink and it should cellar nicely for some time. Saline notes give the persistent finish an extra kick of intensity. This is a striking Pinot from Williams-Selyem. (AG)
The winery’s third vintage from this cooler-climate vineyard offers a mix of bright red cherry, wild, dried herb, rose and anise aromas rising to the fore. Lingering acidity keeps the firm tannins at bay-the two opposites finding a peaceful balance, allowing a freshness of citrus to succulently creep in on the finish. (VB)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Pinot Noir Terra de Promissio Vineyard offers sweet and sour cherries, pomegranate and spice box, medium body, and a crisp, delicate finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. The quartet of 2013 Chardonnays from Williams Selyem are all thrilling wines. I saw sixteen separate 2013 Pinot Noirs from Williams Selyem, all reflecting a high level of skill and craftsmanship. (RP)