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2016 Williams Selyem "Weir Vineyard" Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1376429 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Great ripeness comes with great balance in this fruity, expressive and firm-textured wine. It is full in body but not flabby due to sinewy tannins and persistent acidity. Aromas and flavors run from cinnamon to black cherry to rhubarb, as hints of nutmeg and vanilla show a deft touch of oak. *Cellar Selection* (JG) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Williams Selyem team farms 6.5 acres at Bill and Suki Weir’s vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands. Most of it is the original planting, dating to 1991, including plant material sourced from Domaine de la Romanée Conti as well as Wadenswil 2A; the newer planting, from 2000, includes Pommard and Rochioli selections. The vines rise from 850 to 1,000 feet in altitude, and some combination of that elevation, plant material and the rocky soils create a fruit character that’s recognizable in most vintages. It’s muscular and compressed into layers of dark, precise tannic detail, the flavor hinting at the skins of black cherries and the juice of small, red forest berries. The flavors are dynamic, spreading to include herbal notes of raspberry leaf and tobacco, always coming back to that earthy, compellingly drinkable fruit. While the complexity is already apparent, the wine will benefit from four or five years in the cellar; at that point, opening it will generate a quieter explosion. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard has a nose of saline, nori, warm earth, wet bark, cranberry and crushed cherry with notes of rhubarb, black tea leaves, charcuterie and dried flowers. The palate is light to medium-bodied and silky with bright red fruits and earthy accents knit by grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long and spicy. This walks a lovely line between fresh fruit and savory character. (EB) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Here the elegant nose is composed by fruit that derives more from the red side of the fruit spectrum while offers up cool floral and spice nuances. The highly refined, velvety and seductively textured middle weight flavors possess fine richness thanks once again to the copious dry extract that also buffers the moderately firm finish that isn't quite as persistent or complex. With that said though, this is still very good. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (6/2019)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Boasting a good deal of cherry-like fruit on first nosing and made more interesting by its accents of dried flowers and background notes of savory spice, this comparatively compact youngster is at once both fairly deep and, at this point, a bit narrow and tight after starting out with an early rush of fruity richness on the palate. It is hard not to be optimistic about where it is headed, but it needs time in which to unfold, and, if wanting at least two or three years, it will not reach its full stride for another two or three after that. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard is laced with the essence of dried cherry, mint, crushed flowers, anise, orange peel and exotic spice. Readers will find a perfumed, mid-weight Pinot built on floral and savory notes rather than on overt fruit. The Weir is delicate, understated and very pretty. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

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