2018 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard

Year: 2018
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 94+
Connoisseurs' Guide: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.3%
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"The 2018 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard comes from vines planted in 2002. It has a medium ruby-purple color and aromas of crushed blackberries, red cherries, cinnamon, dried tobacco leaves and charcuterie. The palate is medium-bodied with dark fruits, a firmer, grainy frame and a mineral streak, finishing long and still a tad youthfully closed. 629 cases were made." (WA)

"Showing the expected polish of its maker and a wine of considerable depth and exemplary balance, the latest from Williams Selyem's Estate Vineyard is a serious effort that, while supple and always light on its feet, conveys plenty of concentrated, optimally ripened, cherry- and berry-like fruit met by a lovely complement of sweet oak. Extraordinarily long on the palate with keenly focused varietal flavors that last and last, it finishes with a deft bit of firming, ever-so-slightly grippy tannins that guarantee years of growth and, while never hampered by astringency, is an eminently cellarworthy offering that combines richness with real finesse. Reviewed: February 2021" (CG)

"Vibrantly abuzz in flavors of tangerine, cherry and sage, this estate red is lengthy and grippy in youthful tannins. Cardamom spiciness complements the brightness of the fruit while building to a crisp, enduring finish of oyster shell and stone. -Virginie Boone" (WE)

Winery Notes:
The vivid red color connotes an aroma of vibrant red fruits, which is varied with a perfume of dried flowers and wood spices. A subtle earthy beetroot element belies the fruit notes and adds complexity, typical of Pinot Noir. With aeration, the wine reveals layer upon layer of fruit, spice, and minerals. The palate is equally exciting, with berry fruits mixing with red fruits. The texture is lithe, owing to perfect ratio of extract to acidity. The mid-palate is highlighted by minerals and an oyster shell sensation, a standard for the Estate, and drives from the back all the way to the finish. While certainly delicious today, this wine will benefit from a few years in the cellar.