Splitting the difference between the sweet cherry succulence of its Russian River Valley siblings and the slightly leaner style found in the other offerings from Williams Selyem, this attractive wine has the markings of a wine that could age into the kind of quiet elegance not often seen in California. Even now, it will be better with fowl than with heavy meats. *One Star*
Deep red. Fresh red berry, orange peel and baking spice aromas offer very good clarity, taking on a floral quality with air. Vibrant redcurrant and wild strawberry flavors are light on their feet, with tangy citrus peel and white pepper adding verve. Finishes sweet, clean and brisk. Cabral told me that this is virtually all Russian River Valley fruit, and that 40% of the grapes were estate-grown. (ST)
In a great vintage of this wine, the delicate wild strawberry and tart cherry flavors have a firmer structure. Here, those flavors are more forward and sweet, like maraschino cherry liqueur. The wine is soft and gamey, with brightness in the finish that provides some lift. A light Pinot for roast quail.
A high-toned and slightly candied crushed red berry fruit nose trimmed in a very subtle touch of wood spice merges into round, forward and supple light to barely medium-bodied flavors that possess fine intensity and while this is definitely on the fruit-driven side, there is reasonably good depth and persistence on the ever so slightly warm finish.
The 2006 Pinot Noir Russian River, which is primarily from their estate vineyards, is a beauty, showing nice, earthy, berry fruit, with hints of strawberry, underbrush, and loamy soil notes. (RP)
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