2002 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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2002 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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Reviews For This Wine


 
Burghound | 88

(bottled at 14.2%) Deeply pitched red and black pinot fruit aromas nuanced by hints of mocha and spice combine with sexy, rich and generous flavors that deliver good volume if limited complexity at present. The finish is sappy, dusty and mouth coating with a hint of warmth. This is a pretty effort and I like the overall balance here that should enable it to reward 4 to 5 years of cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Issue: Issue 19

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Wine Advocate | 88

There are 3,230 cases of the 2002 Pinot Noir Russian River, which exhibits a dark ruby color, good, crisp acidity, plum, Allspice, vanilla, and pomegranate characteristics, medium body, and a 3-4 year lifeline.

Drink Dates: 2005-2009
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Wine Spectator | 92

Wonderful fragrant aromas of flowers and ripe cherry and wild berry, which transfer over to a smooth, rich, polished style that caresses the palate, turning silky and delicate. Finishes with vivid black cherry and blackberry fruit and touches of vanilla and spice. 3,275 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2008
Author: James Laube


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Score:
Author: WineDoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/29/2013
In a nice spot now, one of the better W-S Pinots I've enjoyed in a while.
Score: 94
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 10/22/2010
The last of a great vintage. Truly got better and better.

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

Score: 90
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/27/2009
Drink Dates: 2005-2014
Dark cherry color. Dried cherry flavor and chewy tannins on the palate. Medium finish. This is a nice Pinot at this stage with still potential to gain complexity.
More Vintages and Sizes of Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley:

2010 (750ml)
2009 (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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