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2006 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard


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SKU: 93341-2006-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($54) Deep ruby. Spicy raspberry and blackberry on the nose, complicated by zesty minerals and pungent herbs. Suave, juicy and fresh, with energetic dark berry flavors, silky texture and excellent lift. Offers a deft blend of depth and intensity, finishing with superb clarity and thrust.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Burghound | Rating: 89

    An expressive and notably ripe nose of attractive spice and freshly crushed berry aromas that are very much in keeping with the detailed, energetic and persistent flavors that also display a touch of dryness on the otherwise lingering finish. I slightly prefer the superior depth of the Peay.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Firm in texture and structure, this is full-bodied, intense and concentrated, with layers of black cherry, wild berry, mineral, anise and spice. Tightly wound, so cellar time is appropriate. 586 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    From another Russian River vineyard, the 2006 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard displays pomegranate, crushed rocks, some background oak, and a sweet, elegant, broad mouthfeel with some blacker fruits in the finish. If the Rochioli 2006 is capable of lasting 5-6 years, this one I would drink over the next half dozen or so years as well.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2017-2019
    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.

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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

  • 348 bottles owned
  • 168 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 168 collectors)