The brilliant 2001 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard (planted with the Martini clone, Dijon clones and the well-known Oregon clone known as Wadensvil) is a rich, Volnay-like effort. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied a sumptuous bouquet of juicy black fruits intermixed with earth, wood, and flowers. Pure, vibrant, and medium to full-bodied, it should drink well for 7-8 years. All things considered, 2001 and 2002 are the finest back-to-back vintages I have tasted from Williams-Selyem. (RP)
Very high-toned, ripe pinot fruit aromas with moderate oak nuances merge into spicy, supple, nicely detailed flavors that possess a sweet, round and persistent finish. This is a pretty effort and while there isn't much complexity at the moment, there is balance and enough underlying material that it may very well develop with a few more years in the bottle.
Good full ruby-red. Perfumed, precise aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, cassis and violet; an essence of Sonoma Coast pinot. Then juicy and urgent but tightly wound, with notes of cola and spice. A rather powerful, oaky, slightly aggressive wine, finishing with big but sweet tannins and good length. The large crop level of the vintage may have had the effect of softening the tannins, but the wine does not quite deliver in the mouth what it promises on the nose. (ST)
From a chillier part of the appellation, a wine that struggled to get ripe. Smells of mint and menthol, with cedar, Asian spice and coffee nuances. In the mouth, it’s bone dry. Not a fruit-driven Pinot, but interesting for the interplay of acids and tannins.
Very complete, with a fresh array of earth, mineral, black cherry, plum and a hint of mocha, displaying a tight focus, revealing extra flavor facets that show depth and richness. (JL)
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