2015 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors

Year: 2015
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"Pale to medium ruby colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Westside Neighbors reveals aromas of raspberry leaves, Bing cherries, lavender and fragrant earth with a waft of potpourri. The palate is beautifully harmonious with soft, silky tannins and a refreshing line of acid, finishing fine and elegant." (WA)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors is wonderfully lifted and finessed, with plenty of sweet red cherry, pomegranate and blood orange overtones. Surprisingly delicate for the year, the Westside Road Neighbors offers terrific aromatic freshness, precision and class. The oak needs time to fully integrate, but there is certainly much to look forward to." (VM)

"Bright and buoyant and ripe and rich all at the same time, this well-measured youngster hits the varietal mark smartly on most every front, and, if arguably still a touch tight in construction with evident acidity and tannin closing in at the finish, it never once wavers in fruit and has the concentration and depth to make for worry-free cellaring. Do not be in a hurry to drink this one up because it is at least three of four years away from hitting its stride, and it should continue to grow for several more after that. Reviewed: June 2017" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Winemaker’s Notes:
A firecracker of a wine, the 2015 Westside Road Neighbors is explosive both in the nose and on the palate. Black raspberry and black cherry aromas are complemented with hints of cedar, allspice, vanilla, and black tea. An intriguing note of celery seed further complexes the outstanding nose. Young and brash, the texture is superb with a backbone of refreshing acidity and loamy earthiness that conveys flavors of bright Bing cherry and raspberry. The wine concludes with refined tea-like tannins and a crushed rock and minerally finish. A wine not to be missed!

The Vineyards:
The Pinot Noir for this blend was sourced from neighboring vineyards along Westside Road: Allen, Bacigalupi, Bucher, Flax, Rochioli Riverblock, and our Williams Selyem Estate.

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?