Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir Duo

5011
1996
1997
Sonoma
Pinot Noir

1996

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 1996 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard reveals the vineyard's high tannin, as well as high acidity, raspberry and cherry fruit, and an intriguing earthy/terroir-driven, compressed personality. (RP) (12/1998)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Bright, dark red-ruby color. Brooding aromas of black raspberry, licorice, mocha and pungent oak. Currently showing limited flesh and rather strong acidity, and thus comes across as a bit disjointed; the oak and mocha notes repeat in the mouth. Finishes with very good length, some acid to lose, and notes of red fruit and cola. Showing very much like it did late last winter, when I tasted it literally hours after the bottling. (ST) (11/1998)

Vinous

The 1996 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard was in an awkward stage, not young, but also not fully mature either, and just not showing all of its cards...yet. (AG) (6/2013)

Wine Spectator

Firm, with chewy tannins and a core of flavors built around wild berry, black cherry, sage, mineral and spice. (JL) (2/1999)

1997

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Slightly green-tinged yellow-gold color. Oily, slightly herbal aromas of lemon and orange rind and grapefruit. Rich-bordering-on-viscous, yet the citrusy flavors of lemon custard and grapefruit are quite fresh. Has a fairly substantial structure for aging, but not quite as much fat on the aftertaste as the Allen example. With a bit less extract from these young vines, there currently a hint of leesy bitterness. (6/1999)

$200.00
$80.00
750 ml
2
David Hugle and Haggai Niv

One bottle of the 1996 and one bottle of the 1997