Deep ruby. Powerful, seductively perfumed aromas of red and dark berry preserves, Asian spices and potpourri, with cola and vanilla nuances adding complexity. Stains the palate with vibrant black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and picks up a smoky nuance with air. Shows impressive vivacity on the finish, which features silky tannins and a touch of candied rose.
Bob Cabral blends this using fruit from Williams Selyem’s estate and neighboring vineyards along Westside Road, including Allen, Bacigalupi, Bucher and Rochioli Riverblock. It’s a rich Russian River style, juicy and satin-textured, while the wine’s firm tannins keep it savory and hold it to a crisp line. It’s full enough to serve with braised lamb shoulder.
The 2011 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors reveals a lot of kirsch, spice and flower characteristics. Not as generous in the mouth as the Eastside Road Neighbors cuvee, with an angular finish, I enjoyed the attack and mid-palate. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. (RP)
A little spare in concentration, yet elegantly constructed, with vibrant acidity and some firm tannins framing pomegranate, sour-cherry candy, mushroom, baking spice and toast flavors.
Focused on pure, ripe cherry and raspberry, this features a crushed rock edge, lending grip to the flavors. Drink now through 2020. (JL)
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