It's easy to appreciate this wine's generous, almost jammy aromas. They're followed by spicy, concentrated black-cherry flavors backed by firm acidity and lots of fine-grained tannins. This wine, from a vineyard owned by Williams-Selyem co-founder Burt Williams, tastes terrific now, but will show more complexity with time. *Cellar Selection* (JG)
Among the prettier and most polished of the very fine Williams Selyem lot and already showing a good deal of layered complexity, this beautifully crafted composition is charged with emphatic, very deep, cherryish fruit with highlights of flowers, crème brûlée and sweet spice and, while far from being a lightweight, is especially graceful and lithe in feel. It is hard to resist now, but a few years of patience will be rewarded with a singularly distinctive wine that is as elegant as it is so very rich.
The 2013 Pinot Noir Burt Williams’ Morning Dew Ranch offers an attractive interplay of dense dark fruit and more savory, earthy notes that lurk beneath. Tobacco, menthol, incense and smoke contribute to the wine's dark, virile personality. The 2013 could use another year or more in bottle, but I expect it will always remain rather brooding in personality. (AG)
From the founder, the 2013 Pinot Noir Burt William's Morning Dew Ranch from Anderson Valley has a deep ruby/plum color, sweet black cherry fruit, some forest floor and earth. There is a hint of blue fruit, but not nearly as dominant as in the Ferrington Vineyard. This medium-bodied, crisp, tart wine should drink nicely for 10-15 years. 90+ points. (RP)
Superb stemmy perfume and pure fruit. Edgy with brushing tannin and zippy acid. Not so confident as many, and much the better for it! 17.5/20 points (RH)
An edgy youngster, with chunky raspberry, wild berry, savory herb, dusty earth and anise flavors, this will benefit from short-term cellaring. (JL)
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