2003 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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California, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, USA


Dreadful. Too big, too cloying, too sweet, too plush, too little acidity. Impossible to pair with any food other than BBQ ribs, I imagine. This could be the anti-Pinot. It’s almost going to the Zinfandel spectrum of Pinot. What a disappointing offering from WS. The worst Pinot in WS’s lineup in my opinion, and varietally not recognizable. What a shame.

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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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