I drank this wine over the last 12 months......my notes go from "Excellent" to "kinda week for a Williams Selymen." Overall my average rating was an 86. I wonder if I overstated the rating because I knew they were a Williams Selymen pinot.
Bill's Monthly Lunch - July 2010 (Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind - medium ruby in colour. Peppermint and some french oak with cherry fruits on the nose. Palate is quite fruit forward giving raspberries and rhubarb and a hint of spice. Not over the top like I would have expected. One of the better Cali PNs Ive had. Very good.
Aromas of tarry blackberry, cola, dust, rhubarb and baking spice. Very spicy, almost sharp on the palate along with a pronounced anise and the blackest of fruit. Long, spicy finish with again a strong note of anise. I found this a little too dark and woody.
Vibrant, youthful characteristics of wild red cherry, sassafras and licorice along with notes of vanilla, campfire, allspice and lemon zest. Concentrated but fresh with a silky texture. Just lacks a little depth and complexity. Will go another 5+ years (unlike the 2002 version which is slipping).
Put me in the category of those who believe the drinkability window can be expanded by a year or more. Nothing tired or old about this wine. Plenty of balanced cherry and cola flavors with no heat at all. Moderately long finish for an altogether pleasant drinking experience. Paired very well with an assortment of cheeses.
I agree that the drinking window on this could be expanded by a year or two. I did not decant this bottle, but it just got better and better as the night progressed. By the end of the night I found rich dark fruit, mushroom, earth, and brown sugar flavors. Nice balance, and enough structure to last a couple more years.
A touch of menthol in the nose and on the palate. Smells of slightly sour cherry and light bacon, some brown sugar too. Taste: mild cherry. The finish is a bit short. Some tannins. There is a silkiness mid-palate but the something in the finish is making it "clunky". I think it is tannins playing on the acid. Neither too tannic or acidic but it's at an awkward stage. Still overall, a nice food pinot. Should improve in a year.
Consumed over two days. The drinking window on this can be expanded. Good purple color al the way to the edge. Lovely nose , to me both earthy and a bit floral. Complex berry flavors with moderate acidity and considerable lushness. Very pleasing mouthfeel and long finish. A bit less fruit the second night.
I liked this more than a recent '02 Sonoma. Good fairly rich red fruits, some earth and mushroom, a hint of sandal/spice,.smooth mostly resolved tannins, balanced acidity. Not especially long, but a very nice CalPN. B+
Had for christmas dinner with turkey, opened 45 minutes prior to dinner. Very nice floral and berry aromas, palatte was concentrated with cranberry and hints of raspberry. Acidity was fresh without being overpowering. The tartness of the cranberry was nicely offset by the sweet raspberry. Finish was medium length with a hint of tannins. Drinking very well right now and should hold up fine in the cellar for a couple more years.
Beautiful first experience with Williams Selyem Pinot Noir. Deep ruby color. Nose of fresh mushrooms, cranberries, some awesome ginger spice. Really awesome earth tones and complexity in the aroma. Palate is lively and full of flavors. Deep red fruit with layers of rose petals and ginger. Finish is long and very well balanced. Low tannins, medium high acidity and medium high alcohol at 14.2. Lovely. Rich while maintaining its PN identity. Gotta try the Single Vineyard.
Dark aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, cola, bittersweet chocolate and underbrush. Over a couple of hours strawberry and mushroom notes emerge. Full and silky on the palate with flavors of earthy raspberry, woodsmoke, cola and mocha. The finish is smooth and well integrated with licorice, black fruits, campfire ash and an herbal edge. I find this wine to be lacking a little delineation and fruit. It needs more zing. Comes across as competent but derivative.
Aromas of earthy raspberry, sarsaparilla, violets, a touch of cola and black tea. Flavors of black cherry, cream soda, apple peel and mushroom. The finish has prickly acidity, rock dust, a little oak tannin and moderate levels of red fruit. Over a couple of hours it showed more tart cranberry. A competent, sinewy wine that seems just a little over manipulated (acidified) and joyless.
This wne drank side by side with 3 other Pinots from the same vintage (KB Kanzler, Copain, Dehlinger Estate) walked away as the WOTN by a long shot.
Light in color yet vibrantly aromatic and velvety smooth. It drank heavier than it looked but was not heavy by any stretch. Well balanced acidity and just a wonderfully easy delightful drink. Not too long on the finish bu frankly who cares?!?!
Very nice cherry fruit on the palate, finishes with a hint of tobacco. Not quite as complex as many of the W-S offerings. Not quite enough tannin or acid on the finish to be a good food wine. It softened a little by the following day, but in this case that was too much of a good thing.
A little tight upon opening, this wine really opened up with some air time into a fragrant, well-balanced, and delicious wine. The '03s as a whole seem to have maintained their lighter edge over the '02s, which to me are more fruit forward (yet also fantastic).
Dark ruby red color and interesting and beefy nose of briary forest, milk chocolate, strawberry, rose aromas, and a hint of herbacity (in a good way). Definitely some tobacco on the nose, as well. Really a pretty wine with excellent dry extract, structure, berry fruit, plum, and chocolate on the palate. Finishes very strong. Count me a huge fan of this winery and this wine. It actually reminds me ever so slightly of some of the few 2003 Volnays I've had. The fruit seems to have similar weight and the texture is similar, as well. It does have more fruit right now, but I suspect that differentiation will get less with age. Great stuff.
Simon’s : Jeff’s freind for fireworks: fragrant nose, but in a lame plastic wine glass; silky entry, liter, refined, silky; red cherry notes, a hint spicy cedar, med. a’s, fairly plush too; and a little over-cedared fin.--turned slightly bitter. I’d love this in better glass. Really didn’t impress at first, but grew on me.
Seeming to gel more so after a couple of years. Upon opening and pouring without any aeration, there were very powerful notes of spice (clove, cardamom, mace) and elevated acids and tannins. After an hour, the spice receded, leaving bright intense cherry, cola, and a touch of vanilla on the nose and palate. Definately needs some airtime and a little rough handling prior to drink.
Ruby/garnet in color. Nose is full of beautiful cherry scents with a little pinot funk, some pommegranant, raspberry jam and tea. Palate is very nice from sip 1. Pommegranant and cherry fruit, earthiness. Great balance. Medium body with a ton of flavor.
Flavors of tea and cranberry/cherry with a nice finesse to the fruit. Acidity was bright but not overpowering. Finish lingered beautifully. Wonderful wine for food. Last of the bottle was even fuller flavored the next day.
Consistent notes. I am puzzled and impressed by how this wine seems to fool the senses into perceiving intense sweetness when it is not at all sugary. It's all flavor. I can even taste sweetness on the back of my tongue, where only bitter should be. Extraordinary.
Wow, very intense fruit. Red cherry out the ears. Intense sweet on the nose, layers and layers on the palette. Green apple candy too. Not sugary, but quite fruity, seemingly sweet. Big middle and bottom, long finish. Very unusual, one for the books.
The bright fruit and lingering finish are so well balanced in this wine. This wine continues to show cherry and berry fruit with softening tannins. It has been almost a year since the last bottle. Fortunately we have four more to enjoy over the coming years. This wine should do well for a few more years.
Haggis brought this to dinner on Tuesday to a local fine dining restaurant which was waiving corkage. This was the best WS wine I have had. Smooth and extremely well integrated. A joy to drink. Far superior to the 2002 vintage of this wine in my opinion. None of the normal barnyard aromas that I often find in these wines. Notes of black cherry, lavender and some leather. Supple finish. 92 points.
Straight ruby on color. Clearly hot on nose when 1st opened. THIS WINE NEEDS AT LEAST 10-15 mins to block the OH off. Fruit forward candied cherry on nose combined slightly with a spicy light rhubarb note. Maybe a little strawberry. Very soft oak. Softness predominates over tannins (which are very light) on the palate, but still has a hint of spicyness. I wanted more than heat and fruit for this price (points off for this). I expected a little bit of subtlety out of this wine for the price, and it has little. Concentration of flavors is off here a little as well.
Nice RR fruit. A bit hot at the start. But a complex wine that is a complete package offering good fruit, acid, complexity and tannin. Cherry predominates but nuances of many things appear including raspberry and a little strawberry. Long tongue coating finish. Low 90s.
Sweet fruit/cherry nose with some barnyard/dirtyness. Sweet ripe fruit on the midpalate, no heat at all for 14.2%. Ripe but heavy tannins. Showing just the outer edges of primary flavors now. Hold now.. drink other '03s possibly in the next 2 or 3 years. Very good now with definitie improvement on the way. Good acid, lots of fruit, ripe tannins means a bright future.