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2009 Williams Selyem "Estate Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1108154 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Outstanding Williams Selyem’s Pinots show pert red and/or black fruit (depending on vineyard source) and crackling acidity. This bottling from its new estate vineyard has more heft and tannin, yet it remains suave and elegant, with blackberry, beetroot, kirsch and sassafras notes. (Panel Tasting) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From the winery’s own Westside Road vineyard, formerly called Litton, comes this grandiose, if immature, Pinot Noir. In its youth it’s all about primary, jammy raspberry and cherry fruit. On the edges are fine acidity, smooth tannins and a perfect appliqué of oak. Shows the hallmarks of this great, emerging vineyard, but needs serious time to come around. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (2/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Beautifully crafted, intense and vibrant, displaying zesty wild berry, raspberry and red and black licorice notes. Full-bodied and focused, gaining depth and richness. (JL) Inner quote mark (4/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Heady, expansive bouquet of raspberry compote, cherry-vanilla and gingerbread, with notes of white pepper and licorice in the background. Smooth and fleshy in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and nuances of candied flowers and herbs. Pretty hefty but by no means thick--in fact this is pretty lithe. Finishes with very good clarity and smoky, floral persistence. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Nose has deep cherry overtones with light hints of cranberry. This medium-bodied wine is tight and structured with tension and focused fruits. It needs a few years to come together and show its full potential. Inner quote mark (6/2012)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark This is not a bold wine nor is it one of great reach, but its wonderfully precise and keen sense of fruit is nevertheless the mark of true success. It is bright and buoyant and exceptionally long on the palate, and, when a wine has the beauty and careful proportion that this one does, it simply does not need more muscle or oak or size to be better. Sometimes less really is more. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (2/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard shows off gorgeous depth, intensity and balance. Dark cherries, spices, licorice and sweet herbs are some of the many notes that are woven together in this vivid, elegant wine. The Estate impresses for its terrific overall balance and sheer energy. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This grows at Williams Selyem’s latest vineyard project, planted in 2002, a half-mile south of the Allen Vineyard on Westside Road. Those vines outperformed many of their Russian River neighbors in 2008, but their fruit is more recessed in 2009, at least at the moment we tasted this wine. There’s a sweet cranberry scent to the fruit, but it’s mostly hidden under new oak. Bottle age should bring the elements into better balance and winemaker Bob Cabral is confident in the future of his 2009s. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

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