The clear standout of an all-too-peculiar bunch from Williams Selyem, the Mendocino bottling displays lots of sweet raspberry and cherry-like fruitiness with neatly tailored oak in support and no hints of the earthiness that shows in some of its mates. Fairly firm in structure just now with a fine sense of solidity and hints of suppleness that will turn to velvet with time, the wine keeps ripeness subordinate to fruit throughout. A bit too tight to win the nod for early drinking, it deserves to rest in the cellar for a few more years.
Dark red-ruby. Aromas of red berries, coffee, maple syrup, earth and minerals. Thick but somewhat angular; a bit gritty in style. Strong cherry jam and forest floor flavors of moderate complexity. Today the tannins seem rather tough. (ST)
A subtle, understated style that builds complexity and depth, with earthy sour cherry, plum and pretty vanilla-oak shadings. Supple in texture, with good length. (JL)
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