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2002 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

  • 88 WA
  • 92 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 61271-2002

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    There are 3,230 cases of the 2002 Pinot Noir Russian River, which exhibits a dark ruby color, good, crisp acidity, plum, Allspice, vanilla, and pomegranate characteristics, medium body, and a 3-4 year lifeline.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Wonderful fragrant aromas of flowers and ripe cherry and wild berry, which transfer over to a smooth, rich, polished style that caresses the palate, turning silky and delicate. Finishes with vivid black cherry and blackberry fruit and touches of vanilla and spice. 3,275 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    Deeply pitched red and black pinot fruit aromas nuanced by hints of mocha and spice combine with sexy, rich and generous flavors that deliver good volume if limited complexity at present. The finish is sappy, dusty and mouth coating with a hint of warmth. This is a pretty effort and I like the overall balance here that should enable it to reward 4 to 5 years of cellaring.
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2005
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Dark cherry color. Dried cherry flavor and chewy tannins on the palate. Medium finish. This is a nice Pinot at this stage with still potential to gain complexity.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2014
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating:

    In a nice spot now, one of the better W-S Pinots I've enjoyed in a while.
    Author: WineDoc
  • Self | Rating: 94

    The last of a great vintage. Truly got better and better.
    Author: Billy the Kid
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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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

  • 665 bottles owned
  • 123 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 123 collectors)