Published in March 2013

Wines, Spirits and Beers published in the March 2013 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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99
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Williams Selyem 2010 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75
This expresses the greatness of its vintage and vineyard, offering wave after wave of raspberry and cherry pie flavors, plus notes of red currant, sweet licorice, spicy Dr. Pepper and smoky sandalwood. There’s also something exotically briary and wild that intrigues. Even more remarkable is the texture, an amalgam of acids and tannins that rivals any Pinot Noir…  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
99
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Cayuse 2009 En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75
In a vintage that produced the finest overall lineup of Cayuse wines to date, it may seem a little nit-picky to score some higher and some lower. But the En Chamberlin deserves first place again. Brilliant aromatics of smoked meat, bacon fat and otherworldly roasted accents seduce instantly. Once on the palate, the silky, balanced, near-perfect mix of umami and…  — P.G.  (3/1/2013)
98
points

Williams Selyem 2010 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $94
In recent years, Precious Mountain Vineyard has provided Bob Cabral with some of his most glorious fruit. Tremendous in flash and depth, it offers compelling flavors of raspberry and cherry, accented by sweet, smoky oak. There’s such complexity in the acid and tannin structure, and in the earthy, stony, spicy nuances, that you find something new to love with every…  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
97
points

Williams Selyem 2010 Allen Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
This wine shows real first-growth quality in its intensity and concentration, with orange nectar, golden mango, pear, peach pie, buttercream, vanilla, buttered toast and spice flavors. The balance is exquisite, and the way the acids dance along the palate make the wine clean and lively.  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
97
points

Cayuse 2009 The Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $80
Using grapes sourced entirely from the En Chamberlin Vineyard, this pure Cabernet is deep, dark, focused and tight, with firm but velvety tannins and a perfect mix of cassis, coffee and earth. Even more than previous years, this vintage displays astonishing depth and power. Flavors of Serrano ham and other cured meats, plus a delicate saltiness and minerality keep…  — P.G.  (3/1/2013)
97
points

Cayuse 2009 Armada Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $85
Dense and concentrated, this has thick, almost jammy blue and purple fruits, with a peppery highlight and an undercurrent of sweet grain. The palate is tight, featuring layers of cassis, ink, anise, coffee and iodine, with an earthy salinity that runs through the finish. The Armada is perhaps a bit less fruity and more austere than the other 2009 Cayuse Syrahs, but…  — P.G.  (3/1/2013)
96
points

Williams Selyem 2010 Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  1. $65
Winemaker Bob Cabral’s three 2010 Chardonnays are possibly the greatest he’s ever made. This bottling shows fabulous complexity and sheer deliciousness, offering intricate notes of butterscotch, tropical fruit, pear tart, golden apricot, vanilla cream, buttered toast and exotic spice, with perhaps just a trace of honey. Its brilliant acidity and a tangy minerality…  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
96
points

Williams Selyem 2010 Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  1. $50
The acidity really makes this Chardonnay come alive, providing vitality, a quality that’s boosted by an undercurrent of minerals. It’s so rich in tropical fruit, orange, nectarine and pear flavors, and so generously oaked, which brings a sweet, satisfying note of buttered toast, that all you want to do is drink it now, preferably with steamed lobster and melted butter.  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
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