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Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2017

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The deep ruby color of this wine beckons and the nose of dark cherry and mountain strawberry does not disappoint. Perfume and earthy aromas comingle to show the uniqueness of the six terroirs on Westside Road from which this wine is crafted. Hints of rose petal reveal the Russian River Valley signature, and the minerality and crushed rock elements highlight the Westside Road terroir. Powerful and brooding on the nose, the palate is equally as complex with rich dark fruits and lively flavors of tangerine. The tannins are concentrated but well-resolved, and the finish is punctuated with an oolong tea sensation.

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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast
A perennial knockout, this wine combines vineyard sites from its namesake Westside Road. Flavors of smoke, strawberry, forest floor and black tea accent a velvety, lush palate, ending with a fresh, savory edge.
WW 95
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Whenever I approach this level of Pinot Noir—this wine is made from some of the most renowned vineyards in the Russian River—I am often afraid that the effort may go over the top as the winemakers attempt to make the most concentrated effort. Fortunately, the 2017 Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors is exquisitely structured. TASTING NOTES: This wine is powerful, balanced, and put together well. Its aromas and flavors of red fruits, black fruits, and essence of tea should pair it superbly with a delicately seasoned Porchetta. (Tasted: January 28, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck

Spice cherries, wild strawberries, and crushed violets, notes, as well as plenty of spice, all emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors. This Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is medium-bodied, has a wonderful sense of purity and ripe fruit, ultra-fine tannins, a weightless texture, and a great finish. This is incredibly classy and one of the more ethereal, elegant, and seamless wines in the lineup, if not in this entire report.

RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Youthfully shy, the pale to medium ruby-purple colored 2017 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors features very pretty violet, dried flowers and bitter citrus peel scents with blueberry, warm blackberries, nutmeg, dried black tea leaves and autumn leaves aromas. It's light to medium-bodied with a good core of fruit framed by soft, grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing spicy.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide

Long on black cherries with adjuncts of cola, sweet soil and dried flowers and showing an extra fruity push in both its its expansive aromas and deep, confidently focused, ever-so-slightly juicy flavors, this slightly supple and very wellbalanced Pinot is at once fairly weighty and enlivened by nicely integrated acidity. That it will age easily for another four or five years is beyond any doubt, yet, in all truth, its teasing succulence is to tempt earlier drinking, and we find it hard to argue against pulling its cork without a lengthy wait.

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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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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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