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2006 Williams Selyem Winery Pinot Noir, Flax Vineyard

Sonoma County

$90.00 per Bottle


3 Bottles




"Deep ruby. Spicy raspberry and blackberry on the nose, complicated by zesty minerals and pungent herbs. Suave, juicy and fresh, with energetic dark berry flavors, silky texture and excellent lift. Offers a deft blend of depth and intensity, finishing with superb clarity and thrust." Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(IWC, 05/01/2008)

Rating: 92

"From another Russian River vineyard, the 2006 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard displays pomegranate, crushed rocks, some background oak, and a sweet, elegant, broad mouthfeel with some blacker fruits in the finish. If the Rochioli 2006 is capable of lasting 5-6 years, this one I would drink over the next half dozen or so years as well. With over a dozen Pinot Noirs, one would think that winemaker Bob Cabral would be perennially stressed out having to deal with so many different vineyards. However, except for the blend of Russian River and Westside Road Neighbors, they are all legitimate vineyards, and I can fully comprehend why they would want to keep them separate. As I have said before, there is a clear "house" style, with wines tending to have a slightly higher acid profile, lower pHs. But there is no doubting that these are well-made wines which are, for the most part, age-worthy Pinot Noirs which, with some patience, reward cellaring. In 2006, a challenging vintage in the Russian River area (less so on the Sonoma Coast), the 2006 vintage has turned out well at Williams-Selyem. Of course, 2007 is a more fragrant, purer vintage from an integrity perspective, so those wines will be a no-brainer. I will comment on all the single vineyards, but as I write them, I must offer a word of advice: don't dare ignore the brilliant Zinfandels and Chardonnays that Cabral turns out. They are not as renowned as the single-vineyard Pinots, but they are top-flight wines. A Pinot Noir that really depends on vintage for success is from the San Benito Valley south of San Francisco, home to the old Almaden winery." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #180
(WA, 12/01/2008)

Rating: 90
Drink from: 2008-2014

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