2011 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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2011 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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Bright ruby-red. Pungent aromas of black raspberry, cherry and fresh rose, with a smoky quality building in the glass. Pliant, sweet and complex, offering potent flavors of bitter cherry, blackberry, floral pastilles and cola. Rich and concentrated but lively, closing with strong punch and fine-grained firming tannins. Quite rich for a 2011, but also shows the vivacity that marks the vintage's best wines.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 174

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Score: 92
Author: flwine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/01/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2019
Tasted side by side with 2010 Phelps Pinot. much lighter in color and bigger sour cherry with a hint of malbec taste to it. My tastes went to Phelps but husband chose Williams. Earthy tobacco with sour cherry.

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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