2008 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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2008 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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Deep red. Pure, fresh aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, licorice and cola: classic RRV pinot. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, with a medicinal reserve to its dark berry and cola flavors. Building tannins call for six or seven years of patience. Finishes with sweet berry and cherry qualities and lingering spiciness.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: 150

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Score: 90
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/29/2014
Score: 89
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/29/2013
Score: 93
Author: Mcaz
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/27/2012
Score: 90
Author: Kurt and Mark Paul
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/17/2012
very light and silky - berry/spicy flavors
Score: 90
Author: cpcolliton
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/01/2011

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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