2003 Williams Selyem "Allen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A gamey offering, the 2003 Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard offers up hints of strawberries, wild flowers, earth, mushrooms, and pomegranates. Tart acidity provides definition in this strongly flavored, concentrated Pinot. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full red-ruby. Restrained aromas of plum, raspberry, cola and earth; a very ripe style of Allen. Broad, suave and rich, with a fine-grained texture and complex flavors of mocha, iron, smoke, truffle and underbrush. Suave, spherical and attractively sweet Pinot with impressive palate coverage. (ST)
If you’re into aging Pinot Noir, here’s one to lay down with a reasonable certainty. It’s young, with a silky texture, and the oak, acids, alcohol and fruit haven’t knit together yet. But it’s massive in dark cherry, pomegranate and blackberry flavors. If you must drink it now, decant it. Even overnight isn’t too long.
A graceful, supple Pinot, with medium-bodied cherry, nutmeg and raspberry fruit that glides across the palate, offering depth and complexity and enough richness to grab your attention.