2000 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Vista Verde Vineyard 750ml

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2000 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Vista Verde Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 90

Good ruby-red color. Intriguing aromas of black cherry, underbrush, mushroom and roast coffee. Dense and strong in the mouth, with a distinct note of smoky torrefaction. Not especially primary but has real dimension. The interesting flavors reminded me of a wine from Morey-Saint-Denis.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Spectator | 90

Tight, with an herbal edge to the dusty berry, plum and black cherry flavor. Finishes with finely integrated tannins, excellent balance and a touch of anise. 290 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2008
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Vista Verde Vineyard:

2011 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)

About This Producer


The emergence of Williams Selyem as one of California's Pinot Noir leaders is an improbable success story. Founders Burt Williams and Ed Selyem started making wine under the Hacienda del Rio Winery label in a garage in Fulton. Their first wine was a 1981 Zinfandel, but very soon after they began their quest for great Pinot Noir. By the late 1980s, Williams had retired as a typesetter and Selyem had left his job as a wine retailer, and they devoted themselves full-time to winemaking. In 1997, John Dyson bought the winery with plans of planting a 20-acre Russian River vineyard and gradually expanded production. Williams continued to make wine into 2000, after which time Bob Cabral, formerly of Alderbrook and Hartford Court, took over as Executive winemaker.

Quality across the board is exceptionally high, with especially notable Pinot Noirs. There are no secrets to Williams Selyem's success: they seek low yield, fully ripened grapes from superb vineyard sources.

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