*Top 100 Wines of 2012* A stupendous Pinot Noir, this shows how beautifully this vineyard performs in the remote Sonoma Coast above Fort Ross. Williams Selyem’s last few vintages of Precious Mountain have been extraordinary, but this 2009 tops them all. The wine is as light as a feather in the mouth, modest in alcohol and delicately feminine, like pure satin. However, few Pinot Noirs in the world achieve this level of concentration. Notes of wild raspberries and cherries, cola, sleek minerals, dusty baking spices and smoky oak combine for flavors that are utterly delicious. After all that, it possesses an indefinable attribute of fascination. Will age well for a long time, if you can keep your hands off it. Now-2021.
Bright ruby-red. Seductive aromas of red berries, rose oil and five-spice powder, with a lively mineral element adding energy and lift. Juicy, vibrant and pure, with concentrated flavors showing a range of red fruits and a musky note of rhubarb. Finishes impressively clean and brisk, with excellent depth and plenty of flavor impact. Develops a wild, herbal-spicy character with air. (ST)
A wine with sweet fruit with hints of vanilla and fresh herbs. Full and fruity with so much new wood, but wonderful things underneath it all. I am excited to see how it develops in a year or two.
This Pinot mixes subtle, caressing plum and raspberry flavors with a firm backbone of acidity and tannins. Medium-bodied and cleansing. Drink now through 2020. (JL, Web—2012)
The 2009 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard is the most stern and angular of the Sonoma Coast Pinots. Firm yet well-integrated tannins support a core of dark red fruit. Today the wine comes across as very tight, but if the tannins soften, it could be considerably more interesting. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017. (AG)
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