Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2016
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Perennially delicious, this is a thick, structured wine with underlying elegance and finesse. A baked cherry flavor is enveloped in sweet spice, cola and lavender, uplifted by lively acidity. It is a crowd-pleasing wine that offers plenty of complexity.
Williams Selyem’s blend from a lineup of coveted sites, this wine includes grapes from Allen, Bacigalupi, Bucher, Flax, Rochioli Riverblock and the Williams Selyem Estate. It’s tightly built, almost constricted in its youth, with clean, vibrant fruit that keeps giving the longer it opens in the glass. There’s a spicy edge to the tannins, like gingerroot or sarsaparilla, and a tumble of herbs, earth and stems that adds to the sense of freshness. This should reward patient cellaring.
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.