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1999 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard

  • 87 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 83491-1999-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Bright, healthy ruby-red. Fresh, floral aromas of raspberry, strawberry and toasty oak; this wine always reminds me of Chambolle-Musigny. Intensely flavored and high-pitched; currently tightly wound and closed in on itself due to its strong spine of acidity. But there also wonderfully subtle floral sweetness in the mouth, noteworthy verve, and a very long, ripe back end. Very concentrated but very young: the '98 was a bit sexier at a similar stage of its development, but this '99 is at least as strong.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Complex aromatics lead to a core of ripe citrus-tinged black cherry and plum flavors that are smooth and elegant. Turns a bit earthy and smoky, while retaining a tight focus. 243 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    Sweet and sour cherry aromas jump from the glass of the 1999 Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard. Dried herb characteristics are also noticeable in this tart, medium-bodied effort with excellent purity, and plenty of sweet cranberry and cherry fruit subtly dosed with toasty oak. High acid results in a clipped finish, but this 1999 should age nicely for 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    This too possesses a very odd nose that isn't obviously flawed but nor is it typical. Happily, the flavors are sweet, pure and utterly delicious with a slightly candied fruit finish. Still, were it not for the very curious nose, this would merit a higher rating.
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2004
  • Self | Rating:

    Tasted in 2008. Incredible youthful and vibrant fruits. Red cherry with great virve and underlying tension. Lots of time to go. Lovely.
    Author: Reed D
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 70 bottles owned
  • 32 collectors