2012 Williams Selyem "Eastside Road Neighbors" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1173525 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Since this is the winery’s largest production Pinot, but still under 1,000 cases, buyers actually have a chance of finding this full-bodied beauty. Sly on the nose, it is tense in toasty oak and chewy cherry, venturing into black cherry, blackberry and root beer. It’s amply structured and robust, yet with silky tannins. Enjoy through 2022. *Editors' Choice* (VB)  (3/2015)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A classic Pinot nose is comprised primarily of dark fruit along with spice, cinnamon and sandalwood wisps. In much the same fashion as the Coastlands the mouth feel is sleek, seductive and well-delineated which when coupled with the pronounced vibrancy makes for a highly appealing palate impression. There is fine concentration, indeed the copious dry extract coats the palate and the length is flat out terrific. This is not quite as stylish or complex as the Allen but this is seriously good and note that my score assumes that much more depth is in the offing if you have the patience to wait.  (4/2015)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 It may not be the priciest of the winery's new offerings, but this one performs with the best, and, while its very precise, remarkably deep fruit would on its own earn it very high recommendation, its lovely balance and careful polish make a very good thing that much better. It is not as intense as it is amazingly constant and shows a sense of refinement every step of its way. While hardly cheap, it nevertheless offers a good look at the kind of breeding and exemplary depth that are more often than not found only in the winery's far more expensive, typically hard-to-find offerings.  (10/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby. Deeper and darker in character than the Westside Neighbors bottling, displaying scents of dark berries, cherry compote and licorice, with a smoky note building in the glass. Bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors show very good depth and a spicy element, along with a hint of candied flowers. Tightens up on the chewy, youthfully tannic finish, which is lifted by a zesty spine of minerality. (ST)  (5/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 With respect to the Pinot Noirs, the least expensive and most accessible is the 2012 Pinot Noir East Side Road Neighbors. Its medium dark ruby color is followed by dusty, loamy, earthy notes intermixed with red cherries and spice. (RP)  (12/2014)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8