2015 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Vista Verde Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: San Benito County
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
California Grapevine: 90--Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

"Ripe and tasty and very expressive right from the first and holding nothing back in the way of juicy, ripe cherry fruit, the Vista Verde Vineyard bottling is among Williams Selyem's more obvious Pinots and practically begs for drinking in the very near term. It is medium-full-bodied and slightly supple in feel with an appealing sensation of palatal plumpness, and, if not of wine of enormous aging potential, it is nothing short of downright delicious right now. Reviewed: February 2018" (CG)

"1. 2015 Williams Selyem, “Vista Verde Vineyard,” San Benito County ($59) – Medium-light ruby color; attractive, fragrant, raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with earthy and herbal notes, and hints of baking spices and forest floor; medium body; rich, bright, red fruit flavors with good depth and acid balance, and a silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now and over the near term. Very highly recommended. 13.5% alcohol; 727 cases; 100% Pinot Noir (PN); released November 2017. (Group Score: 16.5 of 20 points, 4 of 9 first-place votes/1 second/3 thirds; My Score: 17 [90/100], second place)' (CGV)

"This 35th anniversary vintage bottling is as excellent as ever, with aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, wild thyme and sagebrush on the nose. The palate treads the same balance between dark fruit and chaparral spice, with baked red cherries, nutmeg and star anise flavors. -M.K."(WE)

Winery Notes:
Winemaker Notes:
The 2015 Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir captures your attention immediately. Nosing the wine, pure cherry and berry aromas jump from the glass. Subtle notes of blood orange and mulling spices add a layer of complexity to the dazzling aromatics. In the mouth, the wine explodes with berry fruits, and expands across the palate with the signature chalky, mineral profile. Brazilian coffee notes punctuate this wonderfully expansive wine.

The Vineyard:
Vista Verde Vineyard is located a couple miles southeast of Hollister, California, near the small town of Tres Pinos in San Benito County. This heavy limestone vineyard is separated into blocks that include clones such as Calera, Canada, and Pommard.

Harvest 2015:
The 2015 vintage continues the hit parade of great quality vintages of the last four years. The season started under extreme drought conditions for the 4th consecutive season despite a wet early winter. January was very dry and warm and brought bud break earlier than expected by about 12 days compared to 2014. The rains returned in early February and dramatically slowed down the growth of the plants. May temperatures were some of the coldest on record and negatively impacted flowering and therefore fruit set. It was common for clusters to have millerandage, or a “hens and chicks” (big berry, little berry) phenotype, great for wine quality but severely limited yields. By the end of July the heat returned and, coupled with limited fog intrusion, the ripening process sped along quickly. In fact, harvest started on the last day of July…the earliest on record in the 36 vintages at Williams Selyem! Despite an auspicious start and a dramatic finish to the season, the 2015 wines may surpass some of the great recent vintages as they are bold and yet maintain their trueness to site. With superb color, structure and acidity, the wines have staying power, but with the wonderful texture and richness that are expressed today, who can resist them now?