2007 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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2007 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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Burghound | 89

(bottled at 14.1%; $46) This offers a step up in aromatic depth with a spice and sandalwood character to the fresh and ripe red pinot fruit nose that is followed by lush, round and supple flavors that are delicious though there is the barest edge to the otherwise perfumed and lingering finish. This will probably round out in the bottle and the benefit of the doubt is offered.

Drink Dates: 2013+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 36

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International Wine Cellar | 92

($46) Vivid red. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, Asian spices and fresh rose, with a nervy mineral underpinning. Lively and sharply focused, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. The finish strongly echoes the red fruit and spice notes and is strikingly persistent. This is already long on personality but I'd give it at least three more years of cellaring.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 90-92

The 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River is even better, with deeper ruby color, sweeter black cherry and black raspberry fruit, forest floor, and hints of earth and herbs. It has nice tannin and a long finish.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Score: 91
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/03/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2016
Red berry fruits with a hint of cooked cherry on the nose leads to an extremely well balanced wine with enough tannin to last and sufficient fruit to make it enjoyable. Nice long finish as well.
Score: 91
Author: Mucha Wine
Trust Rating: 59
Tasted On: 02/04/2012
Score: 91
Author: Robert R928
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/02/2011
Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Nose of cherry and a trace of earth. Palette displays some heat along with flavors of cherry, cola, mint, and vanilla. Exceptionally smooth texture. Long finish. An excellent wine for the price. Coming into maturity now so recommend drinking soon.
Score: 92
Author: ambd09
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/29/2011
Score: 92
Author: 19th Hole Vineyard
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/24/2011
http://www.19thholevineyard.com An absolute Pinot bomb on the nose...no mistaking...with dark cherries and currents, a light red hue in colour... with definite westside road characteristics...just great stuff here...epitome of pinot. Cheers!
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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