I’ve had a a fair amount of older Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs, this one is the most different. It seems more extracted and darker than the bright; cherries, strawberries & pomegranate Pinots from them that we’ve had a run on over several years.
The noses reveals, deep, dark, ripe; currants, blackberries, black cherries with liqueur notes, baked black plum, black raspberries with hints of blue fruit. Touch of smokiness, cinnamon, clove, vanillin, black licorice, mid intensity, sweet tarriness, herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus character, touch of tree sap, black, rich earth, steeped fruit tea, limestone, dry rock powder, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes with fresh, withering & dry, dark, red florals and just a hint of violets.
The body is medium full. It has gorgeous mouthfeel. There are still round, softened, teethe & tarry tannins here. Tannins were in the bottle neck which, is not always traditional even in older Pinot’s. The structure, tension, length and balance are really nice with another three to five years of good drinking ahead. It’s right around its peak. Perhaps, just the other side of the bell curve. Dark, ripe; currants/cassis, blackberries, black cherries with liqueur notes, baked black plum, black raspberries, cooked rhubarb, raisins with more blue fruit showing vs. the nose. Touch of smokiness, cinnamon, clove, light nutmeg, vanillin, black licorice, mid intensity sweet tarriness, herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus character, touch of tree sap, black, rich earth, steeped fruit tea, limestone, dry rock powder, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes with fresh, withering & dry, dark, red florals and violets beaming on the finish. The acidity is excellent. The long finish is; ruby, ripe, elegant, gorgeous, extremely well balanced and persists on the palate with warm, dark spice.
IMHO, Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs do not score well early and really shine at 10 years plus in many vintages. They are a Sonoma Pinot pioneer and a gold standard comparison for other producers and Pinot lovers to take note.
Photos of; Williams Selyem winery, Sofia’s great handy work with flowers and one of our two raised garden boxes. 💐 🌸 🌺 🌹🌼🥀 🌽 🥒🥬 🍅
Happy Memorial Day weekend all! Hope you are grilling & enjoying some of your favorite wines. — 18 hours ago
From Magnum. Had been decanted for about an hour and s half. Quite stinky which largely blew off to reveal leafy herbaceous characters with mint. Just medium bodied but such good balance and harmony. At that stage of just “damn good claret “ with nothing in particular standing out. A few years ago it was stunning and more powerful. Jancis Robinson still scores on the old 20 points score and gave this wine 19 points, a score generally reserved for 1st Growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy. Great wine but time to drink it. — 6 days ago
55% Catie’s Corner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca RRV, 30% Tanya’s Vineyard Ribolla Gialla, RRV, and 15% Pagani Ranch old vine Tocai Friulano. Probably one of the more eclectic blends I have ever experienced. The nose of this wine is unique. Getting cumin, Italian herbs, some white flowers and...huh? Did I get shallots? (Dinner didn't have shallots...). Entry and middle is softer than I thought. Acidity is definitely here but there is some grapefruit here, kiwi, dried herbs. More of a lemon zest and a minerality appeared on the finish. This wine was pretty boring on day 1. Most was recorked and enjoyed tonight. I really think this could hold for 3 to 5 years, possibly longer. Eclectic experience right up my alley! — 5 days ago
Big day of wine! Grand Reserve tasting at Total followed by steak night.
First wine included in the Total Wine Tasting. The Calling has apricot & orange peel on the nose with a bright acidity and pear and apple on the palate. Really nice crisp Chardonnay without much Malo. Great for summer. — 8 days ago
Wow this was good. Have to enjoy whole cluster though...shows that profile with power. Nothing green, but stemmy and crunchy. Cranberry, black cherry and plenty of underripe rhubarb. The palate had strong acidity with plenty of flavor. Green pepper (but not off putting), and blackberry tart. Very good. — 9 days ago
Color of burgundy with nice ruby hue under the sun. Nose is above average with refined strawberries note, wet mushrooms, cranberry, spice, and quite powerful in alcohol. Taste of oak and berries, smooth and full body with a slight kick of spice and zest, subtle and refined sweetness, clean and full of flavors. Acidity shows up afterwards. Aftertaste of actually tasty bittersweetness, medium long, and again plenty of pleasant flavors. Nicely done. — 12 days ago
Deep inky in color with a very short purple rim.
Fruity nose with blackberries, black plums, currents, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, wood, licorice, vanilla, spices, chocolates, mocha, diet coke, leather, earth, light vegetables, vinaigrette, alcohol and peppercorn. Nice complexity on the nose.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black currants, coffee, oak, earth, vanilla, mocha, coke, licorice, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, dark chocolates, coffee and spices.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This Californian Petite Sirah from Russian River Valley is delicious. Drinking very nicely now as a five-year-old. Rich, inky and dense. Big and bold with teeth staining color.
Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins. Really nice after 2 hours of airtime, so please be patient.
Will even get better in the next 3 to 5 years, as more complexity shows up. If you are into a big and bold wine, this one is for you.
A good wine to drink all by itself or with food. A good sipping wine.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 90% Petite Sirah, 5% Zinfandel and 5% Syrah. A small production of only 152 cases produced.
14.6% alcohol by volume .
$46. — 15 days ago
Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.
This is consistently a top rosé for me. This vintage seems to show more melon and cantaloupe vs previous vintages having kiwi, watermelon rind and stone fruits. Round and soft in style. Always delicious. Thanks @Jack Thompson . — 11 days ago