99pointsWilliams Selyem 2009 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

A stupendous Pinot Noir, showing 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. 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.

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  • Alcohol
    14%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Red
  • Date Published
    2/1/2012
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
2012
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