2015 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Yorkville Highlands
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
California Grapevine: 89--Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.4%
Price :

"Smelling mildly of ripe cherries with a soft oak veneer and a smattering of dried brush working its way into the picture, this firmly constructed Pinot is somewhat closed-in as far as available fruit goes once in the mouth. It is both dry and a bit puckery at the finish, and, while not absent of fruit, it is far from forthcoming just now. Even if it is likely to open with some age, we do not expect great richness to emerge, but a few years in the cellar will help its case nonetheless. Reviewed: February 2018" (CG)

"5. 2015 Williams Selyem, “Weir Vineyard,” Yorkville Highlands ($62) – Medium-light ruby; fragrant, pomegranate and red cherry fruit aroma with hints of Asian spices and forest floor; medium body; red cherry and berry fruit flavors with a hint of citrus and tending to be a bit tight on the finish; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Developed with some airing in the glass and deserving a few more years of bottle aging. Highly recommended. 13.4% alcohol; 682 cases; 100% PN; released November 2017. (Group Score: 16.1, 1/1/2; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], fifth place)' (CGV)

"Strong cinnamon and clove aromas lead to bold, ripe black-cherry and cassis flavors in this full-bodied, well-structured and ultimately nuanced wine. It has lots of grip on the palate from firm tannins and bright acidity, while the spicy oak flavors last all the way to the finish. Cellar Selection. -J.G " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Winemaker Notes:
The beautifully pure nose of red currant, citrus, and red cherry mix with a deft touch of vanilla and wood spices. There is a savory note of dried sage and smoky minerals. Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir is all about the earthier side of Pinot and continues to develop with even a few years of bottle age. On the palate, there is a sense of sappiness with red fruit flavors, and finishes with a lively citrus peel lift. The minerally texture is sophisticated and persists all the way to the long, graceful finish.

The Vineyard:
The Weir Vineyard is located near Yorkville in Mendocino County. Fifteen acres are planted on a south-facing slope of a steep old sheep ranch. The altitude is just under 1,000 feet, and the climate is classic warm days and cool nights. Weir Vineyard is planted with clones Romanee-Conti, Wadenswil 2-A, and Rochioli. The vines are cane pruned with vertical shoot positioning, and plant density of 1,000 vines per acre.

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?