Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIt seems that in every vintage, one of the lesser-priced Williams Selyem Pinots stands out as an especially good value, and this year there are two. This one is brimming with very pure, keenly defined varietal fruit and displays surprising finesse given its all too evident ripeness. It is all velvet in feel, and its shows terrific extension at the finish, and, while not about to fade away soon, it is absolutely delicious right now.
International Wine CellarDark red. Dark cherry and cassis aromas are ripe but also energetic, thanks to a vibrant mineral topnote. Silky and sweet, with bright red berry flavors, supple tannins and a gentle baking spice tone. A smoky note arrives on the back, adding complexity to the long, expansive finish. Cabral advises drinking this on the young side.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 90 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now<br/>