2005 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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2005 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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($42) Medium red. Strong notes of cumin and sassafras accent bright strawberry and raspberry scents. Elegant, silky and easygoing, with light red berry flavors and a fresh mineral note on the finish. This is ready to drink.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Score: 90
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/30/2013
Decent pinot noir, a mix between subtle notes with some California infused bold fruit. Not very complex but pleasing. More like an everyday drinking style but too pricey.
Score: 90
Author: Hurraerik
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/15/2013
Score: 92
Author: cpcolliton
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/12/2010
Author: Andre L593
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/24/2010
Ho brah, bugga wuz goood!

1 of 2 people found this review useful.

Score: 92
Author: sm122097
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/26/2010
not a Pinot fan, but I really enjoyed this.

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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