May 18, 2021 - Pop and pour.
Ruby garnet color. A bit cloudy (unfiltered).
Wow. Nose is popcorn. Then turning to feet, grandpa's fur lined leather slippers.
After a few minutes, the feet/popcorn blows off.
Bouquet now shows dried berries and a bit of earth, like peat.
Has a dark fruited intro, with wonderful spice notes, black pepper, dried tangerine peel and a citrus tinged acidity.
Much depth as the wine opens up with air.
Shows a darker fruit side with savory earthy and spice elements. Quite enjoyable.
November 5, 2019 - A bit of cloudiness to the ruby color. Tart cherry fruit that mellowed some after being open for an hour. Some sandalwood and granite on the finish that's still more than a little acidic. Perhaps restrained is the better adjective. Overall lack of complexity--just not very interesting. No real flaws either. I didn't blind taste it--shame on me--and couldn't help thinking it was half the wine of some W-S offerings that were half the price.
3/28/2020 Yeah, still not feeling the love for this. Fruit wasn't distinctive, and just not a lot of character. I'm normally a fan of restrained Pinots, but this one just doesn't do it for me.
October 8, 2019 - Aromatics there from the jump, but needed some aeration to show its stuff on the palate. Warm caramel, sweet black cherry, sandalwood on the nose. Initially sour and then sweet black cherry on the palate. A little hollow and slightly metallic mid-palate, but finishes big, fleshy, round and sweet. Very, very good! Drinking really well now.
May 8, 2018 - PnP. Slightly cloudy light/medium red. Intense spicy nose of red fruits, cherry and strawberry. Medium weight on the palate with an intense taste of cherries which lingers on the long finish. This isn't very complex, lacking savory notes, but it is very good.
April 8, 2018 - Had at a formal dinner with 20 people. Everyone that had this wine commented about how much they liked it. For a down vintage, this wine was really shining right now.
February 5, 2018 - 14.1% abv. I have had three Williams Selyem Pinot Noir from the 2008 vintage in succession-- the Vista Verde from San Benito County, the Eastside Road Neighbors, and now the Allen Vineyard. There is a family resemblance among all three wines. This one seems smoother, deeper and richer than the other two. The remnants of a long-lasting cold cloak the nose of the wine so I can't describe the scents associated with it, but I enjoyed it. 92-93 points
January 8, 2017 - This was marvelous. Still fresh, great fruit. A bit more complex than some other single vineyard PN from WS. Really loved.
November 20, 2016 - A bit sour cherry first night. Much more balanced on second.
September 9, 2016 - Bright red cherry color. Brilliant bouquet of red cherry, light baking spice, minerals, earth, and a touch of background oak remaining. In the mouth, linear and vibrant, with bursting cherry fruit that's pure, effortless, and persistent. Bright acidity. Compelling earth and spice notes. A complete, compelling wine that will last another 5-10 years easily. A
December 27, 2015 - This was among my less favorite bottles from this vineyard. Seemed riper than the 14.1% suggests. The other notable component was notable 2008 fire season. Maybe it's just that I'm always looking for it with the 08s, but I couldn't shake the smoky nose and palate...not huge, but there. I'd drink this up.