2017 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors

Year: 2017
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 93+
California Grapevine: 92
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"Youthfully shy, the pale to medium ruby-purple colored 2017 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors features very pretty violet, dried flowers and bitter citrus peel scents with blueberry, warm blackberries, nutmeg, dried black tea leaves and autumn leaves aromas. It's light to medium-bodied with a good core of fruit framed by soft, grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing spicy. 1,307 cases produced." (WA)

"2. 2017 Williams Selyem, “Westside Road Neighbors,” Russian River Valley ($72) – Medium ruby; attractive, deep, fragrant, cherry and red berry fruit aroma with hints of mocha, baking spices, rose petals, and forest floor; medium-full body; deep, rich, elegant, fleshy, red and dark fruit flavors with bright acidity, a hint of cocoa powder, and a velvety mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Developed some complexity with airing in the glass, and while very enjoyable now, it deserves several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.1% alcohol; 1,307 cases; 100% PN; released April 2019. (Group Score: 16.7, 2/2/0; My Score: 17 [92/100], first place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Winemaker Notes:
The deep ruby color of this wine beckons and the nose of dark cherry and mountain strawberry does not disappoint. Perfume and earthy aromas comingle to show the uniqueness of the six terroirs on Westside Road from which this wine is crafted. Hints of rose petal reveal the Russian River Valley signature, and the minerality and crushed rock elements highlight the Westside Road terroir. Powerful and brooding on the nose, the palate is equally as complex with rich dark fruits and lively flavors of tangerine. The tannins are concentrated but well-resolved, and the finish is punctuated with an oolong tea sensation.