2017 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir RRV

Year: 2017
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91+
Jeb Dunnuck: 92--California Grapevine: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :
$69.95
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"The 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is pale to medium ruby-purple with scents of lilac and dried violet with warm blueberry, black cherry, dusty earth, Earl Grey tea leaves and warm baking spice. It's light to medium-bodied with wonderful ripe, perfumed fruits in the mouth, lifted by soft, grainy tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing spicy. 2,449 cases produced." (WA)

"In the same thread, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley shows classic Russian River fruit (although not much cola) as well as plenty of spice, underbrush, and floral notes. Giving up plenty of wild strawberry and Bing cherry fruit, medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. it has plenty of upfront charm, yet I suspect capable of lasting for 8-10 years." (JD)

"3. 2017 Williams Selyem, Russian River Valley ($55) –Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, deep, fragrant, earthy, cherry 28 and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of cinnamon, clove, rose petals, and forest floor; medium to mediumfull body; elegant, nicely balanced, red fruit flavors with herbal and spicy notes, bright acidity, hints of cola and black tea, and a velvety mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very approachable and easy to drink now, or age for two to four more years. Very highly recommended. 14.1% alcohol; 2,449 cases; 100% PN; released April 2019. (Group Score: 16.5, 2/3/0; My Score: 17 [91/100], second place)(CGV)

Winery Notes:
Winemakers Notes:
Notes of raspberry, dried rose petals, and black tea immediately jump from the glass. Potpourri notes combine with dried orange peel to add to the wonderful complexity on the nose, while wood spices and anise round out the aromatics. Flavors of black cherry and smoky herbs come through on the palate with a strong sensation of black tea and citrus peel. This 2017 offering showcases the vintage with a medium-bodied texture and a refined tannin structure, owing to the warm growing season. The grapes were able to achieve full maturity and maintain fresh fruit aromas and flavors with enough acid to frame the palate. This wine would pair well with a cedar plank king salmon with a miso glaze.