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Professional Ratings: 95 Connoisseurs' Guide, 93 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Spectator
Region: Russian River, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Item no. 111831
This wine is still one of my favorite blends to assemble and definitely a favorite to consume on a regular basis. It's always exciting to select barrels from vineyards like Rochioli, Bucher and our Estate to assemble bouquets of ripe blackberry jam, violets, plums, licorice, black truffle and toasty vanilla beans from our oak barrels. The palate flavors of blackberry/raspberry cobbler, cherry cola, cassis, smoked mushrooms and cinnamon coat your mouth with every sip and are very true to the individual lots that aid in the completeness of this assemblage. Ripe abundant tannins cut through the nicely balanced acidity that will make this vintage enjoyable for the next 8-10 years.
The release of this wine along with Williams Selyem's appellation bottlings might suggest that the winery sees it as one of its early maturing wines, but if that be the case, then we must respectfully disagree. This wine is slow to unfold in the glass, and despite the sweet, ripe character that emerges, it is also a wine that falls in distinct sections at this point. Its pulpy fruit reminiscent of dried cherries and raspberry preserves leads to an initially mouthfilling, viscous impression but also to flavors that are more than a little on the tight side and demand time in the cellar. Be patient; the wait will be rewarded.
Vivid ruby-red. Heady, intensely perfumed scents of raspberry and cherry preserves, sandalwood, dried rose and gingerbread. At once precise and deep, offering sweet red and dark fruit flavors lifted by tangy acidity, with silky tannins providing support. This tactile, palate-staining, lively midweight finishes with excellent definition and lingering spiciness.
Very complete, complex and balanced, with subtle cherry, plum and raspberry fruit that's supple and graceful. Medium- to full-bodied, gaining depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors linger. Drink now through 2020. 968 cases made.