2003 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)

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California, Pinot Noir, Sonoma, USA

This is really good. Carmine red color that tends a little towards browning. Just a great nose of mushrooms, earth, rose oil, marzipane, and a hint of spice. Fresh acidity and silky texture. Flavors of red currant, leather, white chocolate shavings, and a little white truffle. Finishes really well. This, to me, is the way I like California Pinot. Food friendly, restrained, earthy, showing its origin, and not a hint of candied fruit or brown sugar (latter two flavors I consider “flaws” in CA Pinot). Despite being burgundian for California Pinot, this would never be confused for Burgundy. Just a lovely drink that I believe will reward cellaring for many more years. 14% vol alc.
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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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