One of the smaller Williams-Selyem cuvees is the 266-case 2002 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain. One of the strongest efforts in this portfolio, it reveals some tightness/restraint on the aromatics, but with airing, considerable nuances develop. A dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by elegant raspberry, rose petal, strawberry, and scorched earth scents, and medium bodied flavors with tremendous elegance, purity, and depth. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
Wonderful balance and purity of flavor, with pretty scents of rose petal, blackberry, raspberry, fresh earth and a touch of nutmeg from oak. This wine combines elegance and finesse with ripe, vivid yet delicate flavors that caress on the finish.
*Recommended* This is a step up in ripeness compared to the Allen yet it remains elegant, expressive and deep with lovely spice notes that are almost as complex that complement the intensely, seductively textured and quite fine middle weight flavors that possess plenty of persistence and finishing velvet. This isn't quite as well balanced and there is a touch, but only a touch, of backend warmth. Lovely stuff and recommended.
*One Star* As rich and well-fruited in the nose as any of the Williams Selyem wines, this bottling is fairly emphatic in its ripeness and very rich oak. Like most of its accomplished siblings, it is a big, deep, relatively full-bodied offering with plenty of mass and muscle and a generous measure of sweet cherries, and, but for an edge of dryness to its slightly coarse finish, it would easily win a second star.
Saturated medium ruby. Strong wild berry aromas complicated by mocha and white chocolate. Juicy, superconcentrated and powerful, in a tightly wound, rather musclebound style. Finishes with substantial tannic clout. This will need time in bottle and may ultimately merit an even higher score. (ST)
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