2005 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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California, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, USA


Popped and poured. Unlike the Sonoma Coast, this wine shows a more ruby/garnet color (the Sonoma had a purple hue). On the nose, this shows some obvious cherry pie and cinnamon along with some very distinct forest floor/pine needle and dried herbs. Dry yet nicely fruited finish. I may like the Sonoma Coast just a hair better at this stage, but that’s probably splitting hairs. 13.9% alc.

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