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2013 Williams Selyem "Foss Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $100)

SKU #1218943 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark In the same fashion as the Ferrington there is an interesting trace of tobacco on the primarily dark berry and spice suffused nose. This is lighter on its feet than the Ferrington as it doesn't offer the same mid-palate concentration though it compensates by exhibiting better delineation on the clean, polished and dusty finish that offers good but not exceptional depth and persistence. Drink: 2020+ Inner quote mark (4/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard has a very deep ruby color (one of the more saturated of the 2013 Pinot Noirs, which all possess very good color). This wine offers loads of plum, black cherry and earth, medium to full body, beautiful ripeness, and good, crisp acids. Interestingly enough, this is one of the lowest in alcohol, yet it is certainly concentrated. Drink it over the next 10+ years. 90+ (RP) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

K&L Notes

According to the winemaker: "Notes of earth, black cherry and cherry pit lead on the nose in this elegant offering. Rooibos tea and cedar notes further add to its complexity. Very round at the entry, the Foss site provides for a supple, polished tannin structure and the finish lingers on with a medley of bergamot citrus peel and dusty cocoa powder notes. With great back-to-back vintages, 2013 was every bit as good as 2012 has proven to be. Amidst concerns about another drought year, the rain gauges filled up to about 80% of the yearly average. The growing conditions were very favorable, which resulted in a remarkably similar growing season to the exceptional 2012 vintage. The only notable difference, however, was the increase of heat units in 2013, as measured by the Growing Degree Day index. With below average rainfall for the season bud break initiated earlier than average along Westside Road. April showers helped to drive good shoot growth and set the plants up for May flowering. Excellent weather at flowering time allowed for fantastic set and a bountiful yield across all appellations and varieties. Even with an earlier start to the growing season, the grapes had the ideal amount of time on the vine to achieve full maturity without any threat of inclement weather late in the season. Wines from the 2013 vintage exhibit extremely pure and polished tannins and the acidity will provide longevity, but the supple structure also offers earlier enjoyment."


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