The vineyard is a well-regarded source of a Williams Selyem bottling, from this hilly region midway between Anderson Valley and inland Mendocino County. The Pinots always seem to have a more rustic quality than, say, Russian River to the south, although in this hot vintage, the wine is extraordinarily sweet and soft. It has lip-smacking flavors of raspberry jam…
This unoaked, stainless steel-fermented wine shows that this hilly appellation of Mendocino County can produce an exceptionally nice Sauvignon Blanc. It reminds me of Lake County, with its crispness and varietal purity. The flavors are of Meyer lemons, figs and yellow apricots.
This appellation is better known for red wines, but Bink is establishing a really good track record for this variety that’s so hard to get balanced. The wine, which appears to have little if any oak, brims with acid-bright citrus, lemongrass, vanilla and pepper flavors. It appeals especially for its succulent balance.
A crowd-pleasing Sauvignon Blanc from the heights of Yorkville, this full, creamy and fresh, teeming with acidity. Its combination of aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, pear and grapefruit are near impossible not to like. Pair this wine with Hog Island oysters.
The directness of this wine is its greatest appeal. It comes from a vineyard made famous by Williams Selyem, from a warmish part of Mendocino County. The wine is a little heavy and soft, but offers rich flavors of cherries, currants, root beer, licorice and spicy, clove-scented rum punch. Could develop bottle complexity over the next 6 years.
Focused, lean and light in body, with strong herbal overtones of basil and oregano that aren't unattractive. Shows enough cherry fruit on the midpalate to appeal, with a long, intense finish. With only 13% alcohol, crisp acids and herbal notes, this is in many ways a non-Californian Syrah.
Very forward in raspberry and cherry fruit, with a rich coating of sweet vanilla and toasty oak, this Pinot’s problem is its structure. It’s too soft and melted. But it sure is tasty.
It’s a Cabernet-Merlot blend from this highland appellation, inland from Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. The big drawback is excessive acidity. It’s harsh and cutting, and interferes with what seem like pleasant blackberry, cherry and currant flavors.