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2006 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

  • 88 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 61271-2006

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($45) Deep red. Captivating, perfumed bouquet of spicy raspberry, blackberry and fresh rose. Sappy and broad, with deep but energetic red fruit flavors, supple texture and no obvious tannins. Gains power on the finish, which delivers a wallop of sweet raspberry and candied blackcurrant.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Medium-bodied plum and black cherry flavors are delicate and appealing, with a dash of cedar and spice on the finish.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The 2006 Pinot Noir Russian River, which is primarily from their estate vineyards, is a beauty, showing nice, earthy, berry fruit, with hints of strawberry, underbrush, and loamy soil notes.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Burghound | Rating: 88

    While similar in character, here the fruit aromas are slightly more deeply pitched than those of the Sonoma coast and lead to noticeably fuller and richer flavors that retain the same detail and precision on the moderately more complex and persistent finish. Delicious but not simple.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2008
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: David B93
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: rdalehite
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: sunflower
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Not bad, not great, nothing that blows your mind. Just consistently nice. Was better about 7 months ago...could be bottle variation. Color: Muddled, cloudy medium red in color. Not a big color/clirity guy, but very noticeable. Nose: Earthy, some burt orange, whiffs of alcohol. Some flowers and cherry. Palate: Some minerality, red berry and cherry, finsih a little short.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2010
    Author: Koby
  • Self | Rating: 9.5

    Pale garnet in color, this wine has a bright rush of raspberry aromas in the nose with hints of cocoa powder. In the mouth it is velvety smooth and lush with bright raspberry and plum flavors that are given more dimension and depth through hints of herbs and spices and a note of darker berries. Perfectly balanced and incredibly long in the finish this wine is pleasure from start to finish.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2025
    Author: Vinography
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Ripe, sweet raspberry and strawberry fruit. Also red berry compote with notes of vanilla, spices and hints of cigar tobacco and leather. Finely grained tannins nicely integrated. Lengthy, flavorful finish.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2020
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Solid Williams Selyem wine. A bit more tart than other RRV pinots by Williams Selyem. Good fruit but not round
    Author: Studio425
  • Self | Rating: 95

    still very, very young. Beautiful taste, should sit longer. Will try again next year!
    Author: Peter C93
  • Rating:

    This wine reminds me very much of our 2002 Russian River. The nose is fragranced with ripe plums, wild blackberry jam, violets, forest floor, crAme
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.

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1023 bottles owned
  • 234 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 234 collectors)