2008 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Yorkville Highlands
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 85+
Vinous Media: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
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"Similar in color but lighter in hue, the medium ruby-colored 2008 Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard has high acid, tart red currants, pomegranate, and hints of cranberries and sour cherries. It is a medium to full-bodied, tart style of Pinot Noir that lacks generosity but is pleasant, and acid freaks will adore it.

With thirteen separate Pinot Noirs, Williams-Selyem has something for just about everybody. Eight of these Pinot Noirs hail from relatively well-known sites in the Russian River and three come from the Sonoma Coast, while the two outliers are the Weir Vineyard from Yorkville Highlands and the Ferrington Vineyard from the Anderson Valley. Three well-regarded vineyards of the Sonoma Coast comprise part of this impressive Pinot Noir portfolio from Williams-Selyem. With eight Russian River bottlings, the two with the largest availability are the Eastside Road Neighbors and Westside Road Neighbors, which are blends from different fruit sources. The most underrated wines in the entire portfolio are the Zinfandels that come from winemaker Bob Cabrol." (WA)

"($56) Deep red. Sexy aromas of raspberry, blackberry, cola, minerals and incense. Wonderfully precise and vibrant, with terrific cut to its intense flavors of red berry preserves and candied rose. Still youthfully tight and bound-up but gains flesh with air. Slightly rounder on the back end, finishing with excellent grip and chewy persistence. This could use some bottle age." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Black cherry, forest floor, earth and mineral aromas dominate the nose completely in this vintage. Concentrated flavors of cherries, raspberry, and cola, are complemented by the rich extracted grape and oak tannin in the finish. This is a fleshy wine with much more complexity than past vintages, and one that should age quite well. —Winemaker Bob Cabral