After a week in Champagne drinking fine bubbly and a week in Amsterdam drinking great Dutch and Belgium beers, I returned needing my pinot noir fix. I thought this to be the perfect time to open some 7-8 year old Williams Selyems and see how they are progressing:
2002 WILLIAMS SELYEM SONOMA COAST- very rich and deep, youthful color; definitely sandalwood in the nose with wild berries, cranberries, raspberries and spices in a medium body with a lasting finish; delightful; consistent with the last bottle 6 months ago.
2002 WILLIAMS SELYEM RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY- wonderful violets, cherries and spice in the nose and taste, again youthful in color, some vanilla and talc, drinking beautifully as experienced before.
2002 WILLIAMS SELYEM FLAX- black cherries and black berries dominate this fine pinot in a medium full body,a little cola and spice top it off; another winner.
2002 WILLIAMS SELYEM FERRINGTON- again, youthful deep color, wild cherries, rose petal, good acidity, rich and v=creamy, a little toast oak on the finish- love it.
2002 WILLIAMS SELYEM ROCHIOLI RIVERBLOCK- great wine; full bodied, complex and balanced; blackberries, plums and blueberries, some chocolate and mocha flavors, age this 4-6 years more.
2003 WILLIAMS SELYEM RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY- a fabulous wine; black berries, cherries, rich and full bodied with great length; very youthful and vibrant.
2003 WILLIAMS SELYEM SONOMA COAST- always a favorite form Burt`s days, this is full of ripe, wild fruit, a little toast, nuttiness and pepper, firm tannins and great length, try again in 2-4 years.
Tonight, it is the 03
Westside Neighbors and this weekend, it will be 97 Allen and 97
Precious Mountain, the last vintage Burt finished. Im salivating.