2008 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Central Coast 750ml

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2008 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Central Coast

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International Wine Cellar | 90

($34) Deep red. Sexy aromas of strawberry, raspberry, minerals and rose, along with a high-pitched minty nuance. Tight and youthfully structured, but at the same time displaying pliant red berry character and a hint of smoky minerality. Finishes with subtle aromatic persistence and lingering spiciness. This 900-acre property near Hollister, owned by Williams-Selyem, includes 750 planted acres, so expect plenty of this wine to be available in future vintages.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Wine Spectator | 88

Firm and well-structured, offering dried berry, cola, sassafras, spice and cedar notes that are full-bodied and complex, with a citrusy finish.

Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Author: James Laube


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Score: 89
Author: ambd09
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/07/2012
Score: 93
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/16/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2015
More Vintages and Sizes of Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Central Coast:

2011 (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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