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2011 Williams Selyem "Olivet Lane Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1317966 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Insanely rich and opulent, brimming with apricot and tangerine jam, green-apple butter, pineapple tart, vanilla, honeysuckle, buttered toast and spice flavors. Somehow, the mass is reined in by a tight framework of acids, minerals and oak tannins. This shows the pedigree that comes from this famous vineyard, as well as the Williams Selyem signature of extreme class and deliciousness. Drink over the next five years. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2011 Chardonnay Olivet Lane Vineyard offers attractive notes of buttered hazelnuts reminiscent of a premier cru Meursault, along with good acidity, and a complete finish. There are no weak spots in the attack, mid-palate or finish. The acidity is elevated, but that works well with the wine's smoky, nutty character. Medium to full-bodied and exceptionally well-made for the vintage. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Light gold. Candied pear, nectarine and creme brulee aromas are energized by racy mineral and jasmine notes. Strong orchard and pit fruit flavors open up to offer anise and chamomile qualities and a subtle floral honey nuance. The powerful finish shows impressive clarity, focus and persistence. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2013)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Still a bit closed-in but very nicely focused on fresh apples with a hint of pineapple and supporting streak of toasty oak, this wine finds its keen aromatic focus played back in the mouth where early roundness and a touch of suppleness take a turn to a firm, piquant stance. A year or three of cellaring is just the ticket with this one, and time in bottle seems certain to see it open up nicely. *One Star* Inner quote mark (5/2013)


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