This wine is still in great shape. Plenty of red and black fruit aromas as well as dense fruit on the palate. Good balance overall with just a touch of acidity. The finish is fruit filled and of medium length. Don't think it is improving anymore and we plan to drink our remaining bottles over the next couple of years.
Much more than "just holding up." Beautiful red fruit nose. Rich body with still some structure showing. I am in no rush to drink my last three. Purchased direct from the winery and perfectly stored all these years. A great effort and well worth the wait. Bravo!
Dark, little browning, slight orange rim color. Deep floral nose of brown sugar, sandalwood/mulled spice, warm Shasta Cola, plum liqueur. Fascinating nose! Still quite young in the mouth....dark pitted fruits, same flavors as the nose, coffee, slight alcohol burn, tart cranberry acidity. I like the aged flavors of the cola and some sweet earth...but the balance is a little whacked by the burn. Finishes a little short and tart as well. Could have been better.
Had the final bottle last night (12/27/08) and noted more fruit than previous reviews of mine. Lots of cherry, maybe even some red raspberry. Had some vegetal nuances that weren't particularly pleasant when the bottle was first opened, but they disappeared after the bottle had been open an hour or so. Still a very food friendly wine. All in all, I'm going to stick with my 89 rating after 5 bottles over 18 months.
Color: The color was deeper than most pinot noirs that I have had but definitely had the pinot characteristics of being more translucent than opaque, especially toward the edges. Taste: I have always enjoyed Williams Selyem wines, as they have always changed in interesting ways throughout the evening. The mouthfeel throughout was excellent, as it was not too heavy but had some heft. The dominate tastes right after opening the bottle was spicy with black pepper at the tip of the tongue with a light undertone of pleasant green pepper/vegetal flavor. After 15-20 minutes the spiciness was gone and replaced over the next several hours with oscillations in the major flavors where for a time vanilla flavors would dominate with cherry and a hint of blueberry in the background and then the flavors would switch in their dominance. During the times when the vanilla was dominate, the wine was sweet but not too sweet. The wine was an excellent accompaniment to lamb.
1 hour of decanting - very soft and muted on the nose, but cherry cola and fruit coming through on the nose. On the palate, a blast of sweetness immediately followed by a very silky sweet cherry, light herbs, cola, and a beautiful long finish.
Just a fantastic bottle that has come together very well. No real heat in this bottle (I found some that dissipated in my last one), and the black cherry and blackberry fruit is still very prominent while highlighted by spice and some earth. Tannins are well integrated, and the bottling as a whole seems to be in a nice holding pattern.
Had a tough time deciding if this made it to outstanding or just excellent. More Burgundian, IMO, than many other W-S offerings. Nothing really hit me until mid-palate when the fruits really started to come out, along with a little alcoholic heat. Some cola and chocolate toward the end, with a very nice balance of tannin. LOTS of sediment...a couple of teaspoons at least. Matched well with a chicken w/mushroom cream sauce. Based on trends in others ratings, I may have missed the peak. Time to drink up the rest of my bottles.
Had another bottle last night (5/12/07), and opened it a couple of hours before we drank it. Similar tasting to the freshly opened bottle, but a little softer all the way around. Lots of sediment in this bottle, too.
Not much bricking in the pretty maroon color. Pretty nose of red fruit, berry, mushroom, earth, and a touch of floral. More of the same on the palate with integrated tannins, wonderfully balanced acids (manifest in a citrus note), and a blast of heat in the finish. With about an hour of air, the alcohol effect was diminished and the wine was drinking well. This has changed considerably since my last bottle, and I feel that it's seen its best days (though it's still very enjoyable). Threw a tiny amount of very fine sediment.
Closed initially, and took over a hour to open up, but then the flavors emerged. Berries and carmel on the nose, thick and rich with a tartness on front end, but a nice lingering finish. A pleasure to drink.
Initial flavors of red fruits with a rich mouthfeel and good structure. After an hour, this wine was singing with flavors of strawberries and fresh squeezed orange juice (a first for me, but undeniable). Just a great bottle of wine.
while good right away, this wine really hit its stride after about 1.5 hours (not decanted.) The nose is powerful with fruit and spices (nutmeg and cloves?) In the mouth I taste various red fruits (cherry, strawberry, pomegranite) with some oak and sweet tannins. Enjoyable now with some air, but still young. Another great value appellation wine (I think this was released around $36 on the mailer) from WS!
Release tasting at winery. Fresh fruit on nose - red cherries and strawberry. Hints of oak on nose as well. Same fruit continues on to the palate with really good acidity and energy. I expect this to be a really good wine for the next couple of years.