2017 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Eastside Road Neighbors

Year: 2017
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"This is loaded with lusciously spiced and broad-textured flavors of cherry, plum tart and dried fig that resonate with lithe minerality. Complex, featuring an elegant finish that is rich and filled with light chocolate mousse overtones. Drink now through 2026. -K.M." (WS)

"The 2017 Pinot Noir Eastside Road Neighbors has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and is youthfully shy, slowly offering scents of raspberry preserves, red and black cherries and touches of cured meats, peppercorn, autumn leaves, dried rose petal and potpourri. It's light to medium-bodied, rounded and silky with slowly evolving earth and spice layers, a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long with baking spice touches. This is very youthfully coiled, and my score may look conservative a year from now. 1,289 cases produced.

California lost one of its great wine pioneers with the passing of Burt Williams in December 2019. The first commercial vintage of Williams Selyem was in 1981, and all these years later, it remains a benchmark for Pinot Noir in California. Williams influenced countless winemakers and was integral in shaping the wine landscape in California that we are fortunate to inherit today. We raise our glasses in your honor." (WA)

"The 2017 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors is another wine in this range that is all about understatement and nuance. Medium in body yet also quite deep and resonant, the Westside Road Neighbors is succulent and inviting from the very first taste. Black cherry, plum, violet and cloves all add to the wine's darkish leaning flavor profile." (VM)