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Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2015

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Winemaker Notes

A firecracker of a wine, the 2015 Westside Road Neighbors is explosive both in the nose and on the palate. Black raspberry and black cherry aromas are complemented with hints of cedar, allspice, vanilla, and black tea. An intriguing note of celery seed further complexes the outstanding nose. Young and brash, the texture is superb with a backbone of refreshing acidity and loamy earthiness that conveys flavors of bright Bing cherry and raspberry. The wine concludes with refined tea-like tannins and a crushed rock and minerally finish. A wine not to be missed!

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V 93
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The 2015 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors is wonderfully lifted and finessed, with plenty of sweet red cherry, pomegranate and blood orange overtones. Surprisingly delicate for the year, the Westside Road Neighbors offers terrific aromatic freshness, precision and class. The oak needs time to fully integrate, but there is certainly much to look forward to.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Showing just a touch of reduction, this wine is bright, crunchy and explosive on the palate. The palate shows a mix of raspberry, cherry and cranberry that's full of flavor. Seductively smooth, it should continue to evolve and expand with time, as the wine is just beginning to unravel its complex notes of baking spice, vanilla and tea.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors opens with chocolate-covered cherries, pomegranate and fragrant earth notes with hints of Provence herbs and rose water. Medium-bodied with a great core of vibrant red berry flavors and firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has just enough freshness and a nice, long, mineral-laced finish. 946 cases produced.
Rating: 93+
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
This annual blend pulls together pinot noir from historic vineyards near Williams Selyem’s Westside Road winery, including Allen, Bacigalupi and Rochioli. In 2015 it offers a warm, open embrace of soft fruit, velvet-rich and delicious, like mulberries fresh off the tree. For all its richness, it feels remarkably pristine and bright—a satisfying pinot noir that’s pure Russian River.
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Williams Selyem Winery , California
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Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the United States, aligning Sonoma County's Russian River Valley in the firmament of the best winegrowing regions of the world. Today John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking without compromise. As for the wines... they just keep getting better and better.
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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.

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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