There isn’t a lot of pinot noir in the hills south of the Anderson Valley. And pinot wasn’t the most likely variety for Bill and Suki Weir to plant when they bought a parcel of rocky grazing land there, near the headwaters of the Navarro River, in 1987. A lawyer by trade, Bill studied viticulture, then, after a trip to Burgundy, he sourced plant material from Mount Eden, which traces its cuttings back to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti; he used it, along with the Wädenswil clone, to plant his first 7.5 acres, in 1992. By 1998, he had convinced Burt Williams to buy some of his fruit and Williams Selyem has been making Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir ever since. It is among the most distinctive and, often, the most beautiful of Williams Selyem’s range. This 2017 has the grandeur of an American grand cru: It speaks of mountain forests and coastal desert cold. There’s brightness to its scent of roses, and sumptuous richness to its texture, knitting the wine’s dark fruit and energy together in a flavor that lasts for minutes.
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