Wine Spectator | Rating: 91Distinctive and assertive. Rich, intense and concentrated, with layers of black cherry, wild berry, plum and mineral that are backed by mouthcoating tannins. 1,159 cases made.Author: James Laube
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Fresh nose with that primary smell of pre-fermentation cold soak (don't remember this from the previous regime). Very different from most California Pinots. Quite tough. No tendresse. Chewy. Very, very youthful. May get there but for the moment it is certainly not charming.Author: Jancis Robinson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Full red-ruby. Sappy raspberry, cherry cola, green tea, violet and pepper on the nose. Bright, tightly wound and pure, with pungently fresh berry flavors enlivened by brisk, harmonious acids. Very long and precise on the uncompromisingly dry finish, which features solid tannic spine. The crop level here was less than a ton an acre in '99, according to Cabral. Very promising pinot built for long life.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2001
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The 1999 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard (1,100 cases) exhibits that vineyard's tell-tale meaty, black cherry, and mineral-like characteristics as well as a sinewy, muscular, concentrated, firm palate, high acidity, and plenty of broodingly backward black fruits. It will need time in the bottle.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Aged remarkably well. Still some fruit on the palate. elegant mouth feel, nice long finish.Author: PLevensohn
Self | Rating: 90Agree with Tanzer. Very approachable without the typical |candied| fruits that often are with these wines. Due to the vineyard strenth. Next one try in 2009Drink Dates: 2007-2009Author: Reed D
Self | Rating: 89Drink now.Author: Scooter
Quality across the board is exceptionally high, with especially notable Pinot Noirs. There are no secrets to Williams Selyem's success: they seek low yield, fully ripened grapes from superb vineyard sources.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 338 bottles owned
- 80 collectors
- Average collector rating: 91
(Out of 80 collectors)