2003 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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2003 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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Wine Advocate | 89

The well-made 2003 Pinot Noir Russian River is primarily estate fruit (estate vineyards now comprise 34 acres). It is a medium-bodied effort revealing notes of raspberries, cherries, dried herbs, earth, and spice. Enjoy this elegant 2003 during its first 5-6 years of life.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Score: 90
Author: WineDoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/29/2013
Slightly smoky, cherry cola, raspberry, vanilla oak, spice, and some earthiness. Well balanced, medium alcohol, medium minus finish.
Score: 93
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/15/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2014
This has matured nicely and is at its peak. Ripe, red berry fruit. Floral and rose petal notes with flavors of baking spices. Medium-bodied with finely grained tannins fully integrated. Flavors carry through on a very pleasant finish.
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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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