A firecracker of a wine, the 2015 Westside Road Neighbors is explosive both in the nose and on the palate. Black raspberry and black cherry aromas are complemented with hints of cedar, allspice, vanilla, and black tea. An intriguing note of celery seed further complexes the outstanding nose. Young and brash, the texture is superb with a backbone of refreshing acidity and loamy earthiness that conveys flavors of bright Bing cherry and raspberry. The wine concludes with refined tea-like tannins and a crushed rock and minerally finish. A wine not to be missed!
The Pinot Noir for this blend was sourced from neighboring vineyards along Westside Road: Allen, Bacigalupi, Bucher, Flax, Rochioli Riverblock, and our Williams Selyem Estate.
The 2015 vintage continues the hit parade of great quality vintages of the last four years. The season started under extreme drought conditions for the 4th consecutive season despite a wet early winter. January was very dry and warm and brought bud break earlier than expected by about 12 days compared to 2014. The rains returned in early February and dramatically slowed down the growth of the plants. May temperatures were some of the coldest on record and negatively impacted flowering and therefore fruit set. It was common for clusters to have millerandage, or a “hens and chicks” (big berry, little berry) phenotype, great for wine quality but severely limited yields. By the end of July the heat returned and, coupled with limited fog intrusion, the ripening process sped along quickly. In fact, harvest started on the last day of July…the earliest on record in the 36 vintages at Williams Selyem! Despite an auspicious start and a dramatic finish to the season, the 2015 wines may surpass some of the great recent vintages as they are bold and yet maintain their trueness to site. With superb color, structure and acidity, the wines have staying power, but with the wonderful texture and richness that are expressed today, who can resist them now?