2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 94
Connoisseurs' Guide: 97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
Price :

"The 2010 Pinot Noir Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard is arguably the most complete of these 2010 Pinots. Rose petals, dark red berries, spices and licorice are woven together with a level of pure finesse that I don't see in the other Williams Selyem 2010s. A long, subtle, beautifully perfumed finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. There is so much to admire in the 2010 today, but I also sense it will age quite gracefully. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. " (WA)

"($100) Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, potpourri and sandalwood are complicated by notes of coffee, mocha and anise. Offers a suave combination of richness and restrained sweetness, with berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors lifted by zesty minerality. This sharply focused, vibrant pinot finishes sweet, seamless and very long, with resonating spiciness and a hint of dusty tannins." (IWC)

"The 2010 roster of Pinots from Williams Selyem arguably ranks with the best we have seen, yet, among the many beauties therein contained, this outstanding effort lodges a hard-to-dispute claim of occupying the very head of an overachieving class. It is as deep and concise and pure in fruit as it is impeccably polished, and its layered flavors of ripe cherries, vanilla, crème caramel and graphite compel sip after satisfying sip. It is amazingly rich, but it is always light on its feet, and we confess that waiting for it to grow into its best some five years hence is sure to be no easy task. Reviewed: February 2013" (CG)

Winery Notes:
This wine is rich and complex with aromas of ripe raspberry, plum and cassis. Flavors of black cherry, truffle and vanilla coat the palate. The tannin structure provides for an extremely long finish. Much like the previous vintages from the Estate, this is a wine that needs long-term aging. 13.9% alc.