Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
When poured, the classic Allen nose of perfume emanates from the glass. Notes of mountain strawberry and black cherry mix with delicate aromas of dried herbs and savory elements. Hints of sandalwood further add complexity to this benchmark Pinot Noir. Flavors of strawberry and cherry stain the palate, while the refined structure, for which Allen is well-known, gently flows through the palate. Hints of Earl Grey tea combine with a gravelly texture on the sublime finish.
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Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard offers great layering of fruit, spice and earth on the nose, with scents of blueberry, cranberry, red apple skin, citrus peel, dried herbs and moss plus notes of stone and spices. It's medium-bodied, silky and rounded in the mouth with a firm frame of chalky tannins and juicy freshness to lift the layered finish. 212 cases were made.
Balance, tempered richness and a very pure fruity voice set this one on the path to varietal success, and, if arguably a little straightforward and shy on complexity just now, it possesses a sense of substance, the structure and very keen focus that, in toto, spark unequivocal optimism about where it will go given the several years of cellar time that it so clearly deserves. It may not be tough or in any way ungainly, but it is a very young wine that needs time to evolve beyond simple fruitiness and fully bloom.
A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.