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2006 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 90 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 70567-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($90) Deep red. Utterly compelling bouquet of fresh raspberry, wild strawberry, smoky minerals and fresh flowers. Deeply concentrated red fruit flavors are improbably fresh and focused. This manages to be both powerful and graceful, with slow-building spiciness adding complexity. Tannins creep in on the back end but don't distract from the luscious fruit. This refused to let go of my palate.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Spicy plum and sour cherry fruit takes on an earthy, minerally edge, giving this a complex mix of flavors. Ends with drying tannins.
    Author: James Laube
  • Burghound | Rating: 90

    The nose possesses very impressive aromatic complexity with a lovely mix of both red and blue berry fruit notes, spice hints and a gentle touch of wood toast that does not continue onto the supple, round and vibrant flavors that display good mid-palate density on the slightly dry and tangy finish that does not really detract significantly from the overall sense of balance. We'll see how this turns out but it appears to have the dry extract to round out the finish in time.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The outstanding 2006 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard has plenty of raspberries, sweet cherries, and good minerality, fresh acids, and ripe tannins in a medium to full-bodied style. I wouldn't be surprised to see this Pinot Noir evolve well past 10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    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

  • 241 bottles owned
  • 140 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 140 collectors)