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  1. Tony Poli

    Tony Poli

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  • 2011 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Olivet Lane Vineyard

    Disclaimer: I am not a fan of Chard in any style other than dense, malolactic white Burgundy. So you know this is not going to go well...

    I only buy the W-S chards because they are limited in number and to keep on hand for a gift or a rare food pairing. I opened this one for my mother's birthday. It was basically a flavorless beverage, although without any flaws or signs of a crappy chard (e.g., chemical-tasting oak chips). Maybe this is in a closed phase. I detected very little oak and no sign of malolactic fermentation. If you are capable of detecting subtleties from this grape, more power to you. I just can't get past the fact that for this money I could have had a great pinot instead...

    Not for me.

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  • 2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

    Sorry, wasn't in an analytic mood, so details are sparse.

    A very balanced and integrated wine. On the earthy/dry side, in contrast to spicy/candy flavors that other W-S wines can have. No notable flaws or gaps, just a gentle pinot profile that should be food-friendly or drinkable by itself. I don't see any room for improvement, althought it should keep well for a few more years. Cellar only for delay purposes, not enhancement.

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  • 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard

    Totally evocative of a Gevrey-Chambertin.

    Inky purple color, the bottom of the cork looks like it came out of a Syrah bottle. I rarely remark about color because it is irrelevant to flavor, but this one was noteworthy and unusual for a W-S pinot.

    Nose: earth, mushrooms, clove, dense black fruit, and something like a cocktail of pastis and birch beer.

    Flavor: blackberry cobbler (the fruit, the crust, and the vanilla ice cream in one bite); hints of plum, butterscotch, pepper, and cola. If you told me this was 10% Syrah, I wouldn't dispute it.

    Structure: Surprisingly noticeable minerality, smooth & integrated tannins, a little thin near the back end, with a Burgundian dry finish. Did I mention Chambertin? Alcohol and acid are unremarkable background components.

    Tasting Conditions: P&P, cellar temp, no food.

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