Initially, this wine is all about strawberry tart, with layers of cardamom and white pepper as well as hints of blueberry and blackberry on the back palate. Offering high-toned fruit and acidity, it settles on the finish, becoming rich and full bodied in style, with final notes of nutmeg, vanilla and chocolate. (VB)
Ruby-red. A wild, smoky bouquet evokes dried red berries, cherry pit, licorice and cured meat. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering spicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a subtle herbal quality. Distinctly Old World in style, finishing with firm grip and excellent spicy persistence. Those used to the typically polished wines produced here might find this bottling perplexing, but Burgundy lovers should love it. (ST)
This blends together both upper and lower register aromas that include notes of pomegranate, cranberry, cherry, plum and a hint of cassis. Here too the mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is sleek though with a taut muscularity that is in keeping with the lovely sense of verve, all wrapped in an intense, dusty, balanced and focused finale. This is not a wine of finesse though it's not rustic either and if it can develop more depth than I envision, my score may be unduly conservative.
If hardly a blunderbuss in the manner of other producers' high-octane versions, this Pinot Noir is among the riper and more obvious of the Williams Selyem bunch. It is fleshy and full with fruity substance to spare, but it is never less than convincingly varietal in its focus, and for all of its frontal and unambiguous richness, it comes with enough structural grip to commend three or four years of keeping.
The 2012 Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard seems to possess more plumpness and flesh than some of its siblings as well as lower acids and possibly a higher pH. Notes of black cherries and wet pebbles give the wine some minerality, and the finish is medium-bodied with a slightly lusher mouthfeel. Drink now-2022. (RP)
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