2018 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir RRV

Year: 2018
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley has an open, inviting nose of charcuterie, warm blackberries and cranberries, licorice and bark. Light to medium-bodied, it's restrained and super spicy in the mouth with a fine grain and long, fresh finish. 2,729 cases produced." (WA)

"The 2018 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is plump and juicy, with a lovely sense of immediacy that runs through it. Sweet red/purplish berry fruit, wild flowers, mint and cinnamon are all nicely kicked up in this mid-weight, gracious appellation-level Pinot from Williams Selyem." (VM)

"A bit light and less dense in its fundamental construction and hewing to the variety's slightly more restrained side but still nicely keyed on fresh, well-defined, red cherry- and strawberry-like fruit with suggestions of wildflowers quietly appearing here and there, this mid-sized youngster gets good marks for its focus and fruity energy, yet it is still a tad narrow, and, its slight tight-fistedness prescribes another year or two of age. Reviewed: June 2020" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Red fruited at first nosing; the wine showcases a floral character beloved in Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. There is an earthy, dried herb component mixed with a touch of bergamot which adds to the complexity to the kaleidoscope of aromas. A burst of red fruits mix with flavors of Earl Grey tea on the round but well-balanced palate, and the acidity keeps the wine fresh on the tongue.

The Pinot Noir for this blend was sourced from the Orsi Vineyard, the Martaella Vineyard, the Bucher Vineyard and our Drake Estate Vineyard.

The winter months were very dry with unseasonably warm weather in the early part of the season. By mid-February the rains had returned; nearly doubling the total rainfall and staving off early budbreak. The much-needed rains continued through March resulting in budbreak for the larger part of Westside Road by month-end. The remainder of the spring saw additional rainfall with spates of warm weather interspersed. The plants responded well under these near-perfect vegetative cycle conditions. Flowering commenced in June under ideal temperatures. Subsequently, below-average temperatures ensued for a week and a half which extended the bloom schedule. The net effect of the cooling trend created a looser cluster and some millerandage or “hens and chicks,” a highly desirable trait for many reasons including better phenolic development and better air flow through the cluster to prevent mold. Heading into the season, crop loads were near-historic averages with great vine balance. Harvest started on the 16th of August under ideal conditions with moderate, consistent temperatures. Vintage highlights include site specificity and elegance, while displaying concentration and balance—another great Williams Selyem year in the making.