This wine is light on the palate, almost airy. The official alcohol reading is under 14%. Yet it packs the power of the world’s greatest reds. Wild cherries and raspberries, with impossibly complex mocha, cola, anise, cinnamon and other flavors impossible to describe but endlessly fascinating.
Deep red. Utterly compelling bouquet of fresh raspberry, wild strawberry, smoky minerals and fresh flowers. Deeply concentrated red fruit flavors are improbably fresh and focused. This manages to be both powerful and graceful, with slow-building spiciness adding complexity. Tannins creep in on the back end but don't distract from the luscious fruit. This refused to let go of my palate. (ST)
From a small, dry-farmed vineyard on a ridge above the fogline near Fort Ross, this far-coast pinot is consistently one of Williams Selyem's top wines. The generous yields in 2006 and the warmth of the summer make this a more languid and saturated pinot than Precious Mountain usually gives, but the bright raspberry-red flavors keep it potent and fresh. That bolt of red is layered with rich bottom notes of earthy tannin and lighter floral hints of strawberries. Delicious with a tuna steak seared rare.
The nose possesses very impressive aromatic complexity with a lovely mix of both red and blue berry fruit notes, spice hints and a gentle touch of wood toast that does not continue onto the supple, round and vibrant flavors that display good mid-palate density on the slightly dry and tangy finish that does not really detract significantly from the overall sense of balance. We'll see how this turns out but it appears to have the dry extract to round out the finish in time.
The outstanding 2006 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard has plenty of raspberries, sweet cherries, and good minerality, fresh acids, and ripe tannins in a medium to full-bodied style. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this Pinot Noir evolve well past 10 years. (RP)
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