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1999 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

  • 90 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 61276-1999

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Distinctive and assertive. Rich, intense and concentrated, with layers of black cherry, wild berry, plum and mineral that are backed by mouthcoating tannins. 1,159 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Fresh nose with that primary smell of pre-fermentation cold soak (don't remember this from the previous regime). Very different from most California Pinots. Quite tough. No tendresse. Chewy. Very, very youthful. May get there but for the moment it is certainly not charming.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Full red-ruby. Sappy raspberry, cherry cola, green tea, violet and pepper on the nose. Bright, tightly wound and pure, with pungently fresh berry flavors enlivened by brisk, harmonious acids. Very long and precise on the uncompromisingly dry finish, which features solid tannic spine. The crop level here was less than a ton an acre in '99, according to Cabral. Very promising pinot built for long life.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 1999 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard (1,100 cases) exhibits that vineyard's tell-tale meaty, black cherry, and mineral-like characteristics as well as a sinewy, muscular, concentrated, firm palate, high acidity, and plenty of broodingly backward black fruits. It will need time in the bottle.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Aged remarkably well. Still some fruit on the palate. elegant mouth feel, nice long finish.
    Author: PLevensohn
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Agree with Tanzer. Very approachable without the typical |candied| fruits that often are with these wines. Due to the vineyard strenth. Next one try in 2009
    Drink Dates: 2007-2009
    Author: Reed D
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Drink now.
    Author: Scooter
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.

See other similar producers:Kosta Browne Winery,Siduri,Kistler Vineyards

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 338 bottles owned
  • 80 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 80 collectors)