Not exactly pizza wine but, I bought six bottles of this 02 Williams Selyem for $35-$36 w/ tax & fees recently on the secondary market. I have enjoyed a number of their 02’s for many years…such a great Pinot Noir Sonoma vintage. Especially, for WS. I feel for the seller who actually barely might have broke even or even lost a couple of bucks on this sale after fees.
Still spectacular after 18 plus years in bottle. She is still strutting her stuff.
Visually you look at the color in the glass, it’s silty & cloudy.
The body is ripe, rich, smooth & shining integration. The fruits bright, somewhat candied, floral & showing shades of stewed. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, cherries, poached strawberries, pomegranate juice, slightly dry cranberries, raspberries with singing purple & blue fruits as it sets. Some dark, rich, dark forest floor with dry leaves & twigs w/ tree sap, vanillin, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, notes of dry herbaceousness - bay leaf, sage & marjoram, black licorice, mixed berry cola, powdery limestone & dry rocks, just a hint of pepper, grilled, savory meats, fresh tobacco leaves, red, blue, dark flowers laid in a field of violets. The acidity is like a spring shower. The finish is rich, ruby, well knitted & balanced with length & polish for days.
Its subtle knock, a touch hot at the beginning with it fading in the second glass.
The 02 is singing with another 3-5 years of good drinking ahead. It’s new world with Burgundy threads.
For me, this WS Pinot Noir is seriously peaking. Best bottle of the 02 WS Sonoma Coast I have enjoyed over the 12-15 bottles I’ve had.
Definitely pushing 94. I stole these amazing bottles. Thank you universe. — a day ago
Blackberry cola vanilla on nose very juicy flavors after 30 min. Finished mid palate — 8 days ago
Not much going on — 19 days ago
David T below hits many nails on the head, though Anthony Galloni only gave this wine and 87 while on staff at the wine Advocate ￼and said it would likely be dead by 2016 . . I guess that’s the reason I’m not subscribing to his publication —he’s way off IMHO . . in any case lovely wine lots of staying power, rich ripe dark fruits,￼ firm acidity —not quite as firm as the 2019 Anthill Farms Harmony Lane also from Sonoma Coast but that is only a few months and bottle so we will see how they match up along the way . . tonight paired with a near perfectly seared duck breast and some Yukon Gold smashed potatoes crisped in the rendered duck fat . . pretty good meal for a Tuesday night😁￼￼ — 4 days ago
14.8% ABV. Fruit jumps from glass- blueberry, black cherry. Chocolate mint. Good acidity. Flavors of plum and berries. — 5 hours ago
Wow! If you like wine with lots of minerality, this wine is it. Beautiful, dark color, deep stone fruits and perfect tannins. A wonderful WS wine, with Chilean sea bass, or on its own. — a month ago