This is the best of the winery's new releases, both for drinking now and for cellaring. Combines power and elegance, with upscale flavors of cherries, currants, cola, rhubarbs, dried herbs and oak, wrapped into devastatingly rich tannins and a perfect touch of acidity. *Cellar Selection*
A bit darker in color than its mates and seemingly more fully extracted in its dark cherry, dried blossoms and slightly toasty oak components, this complex, driven wine is far and away more structured than its mates as well. It is at once bold and closed-in at the same time, and it finds intimations of chocolate and dried brush at the margins. More than any of the other Williams Selyem bevy of beauties, this one wants at least half a decade of quiet to show it best. *Three Stars*
The Litton Estate Vineyard is now called the Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard in deference to Ridge's Lytton Springs in Dry Creek Valley. It surrounds Williams Selyem's new winery on Westside Road, where John Dyson and Bob Cabral planted pinot noir in 2002, a mix of heritage selections (including Pommard, Swan and Mt. Eden) with Dijon clones. The 2008 is pure black and red cherry flavor, presenting some of the cleanest, clearest fruit character we found in the vintage (there's nothing smoky about it). Bright and refreshing, the wine is smooth and round in the middle, firm in the end. It should age with grace.
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