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2005 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

  • 89 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 61283-2005-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($39) Bright red. Vibrant strawberry and raspberry on the nose, with a sexy jolt of fresh rose and cinnamon. The energetic red berry and cherry flavors show impressive depth, with fine-grained tannins giving support. Finishes bright, quite broad and long.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Burghound | Rating: 87

    A ripe and subtly spicy nose of both red and blue pinot fruit aromas gives way to rich, full and detailed flavors that culminate in a tangy but slightly thin finish that may or may not eventually flesh out. There is reasonably good material and thus there is a chance that it will but I stress that it's not a sure bet.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Floral, cherry and spicy sandalwood scents are intense and vivid, keeping a focus on the berry flavors and finishing with lively acidity and good length.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: BobbyMoy
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 88

    A bit past its prime. Decent ripe pinot fruit. Hard candy notes. Tannins fully integrated. Okay finish.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2015
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Anonymous | Rating: 90

    Dark red with purple hue. Strong floral, cherry and sandalwood aromas. NOT Tasted
    Drink Dates: 2007-2015
    Author: Khaled H
  • Anonymous | Rating: 89

    Medium to light bodied. Ready to drink now. Raspberry predominant.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2010
    Author: porldubya
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Showed very well after 10+ years. Dark red and light brown rim but the fruit was all there. Soft, delicious, and full of mineral, light oak, and leather.
    Author: cloudon
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Very light, cloudy color. Very floral odor, with a touch of rose petal and a hint of spice. On the palate, a bit lighter than I'd like but very good cherry and red fruit intensity. Spice carries through on the long finish with high tannic structure for a pinot, but going to lose points as it's a bit |hot|.
    Author: BillG19
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Wine seemed a littled tired tonight. Somewhat thinner in fruit structure than remembered and slightly hot.
    Author: swimmer
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

  • 614 bottles owned
  • 184 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 184 collectors)