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2003 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors

abv 14.3%
  • 91 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 93340-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($62) Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of dark raspberry, cola, sandalwood and sweet oak. A step up in flavor intensity over the regional bottlings, with notes of candied blackberry, strawberry and vanilla. Riper and sweeter than the RRV bottling, but kept fresh by firm acidity. Finishes with chewy, building, rather suave tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Dark purple-red, very rich and complex, with concentrated wild berry and blackberry fruit flavors that are firm and dense. Impressive for its depth and focus; the flavors pick up a plum and boysenberry note on the finish. 656 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2009
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The outstanding, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Pinot Noir Westside Neighbors offers alluring aromas of sweet black cherries, raspberries, and honeyed currants. With superb fruit, nice minerality, and a medium to full-bodied texture, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 3-5 years.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2010
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: swimmer
  • Self | Rating: 90

    This is slightly past its prime. Red berry fruit with notes of cola, tea and hard candy. Tannins are finely grained and well-rounded. Decent finish.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2015
    Author: StuTarheel
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

  • 298 bottles owned
  • 71 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 71 collectors)