The other day, I took a bottle of Williams Selyem’s 2004 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir to the California coast for a picnic and hike along Stinson Beach. It was one of those fabulous sunny weekends in early November. The coast was crystal clear; the beach was busy with people and dogs of all shapes and sizes. The Weir Pinot tasted delicious—perhaps any wine would have on a day like that.
With its medium garnet color, supple texture and pure, complex plum and black cherry flavors seasoned with a dash of anise, the 2004 Weir reminded me of the old Williams Selyem Pinots of the 1980s and 1990s, with all their grace and charm. The vineyard is in California’s Yorkville Highlands appellation, which is in southern Mendocino County, shy of Anderson Valley and north of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. On that day, the Weir was a lovely, caressing wine, and I gave it 92 points non-blind.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Yorkville Highlands Weir Vineyard 2004 (88, $54).
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