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 RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87Medium-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: 88The 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: 88While 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 MeadowsIssue: 4th Quarter, 2008
Self | Rating: 88Author: David B93
Self | Rating: 91Author: cpcolliton
Self | Rating: 92Author: rdalehite
Self | Rating: 93Drink Dates: 2010-2020Author: sunflower
Self | Rating: 87Not 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: 2000-2010Author: Koby
Self | Rating: 9.5Pale 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: 2009-2025Author: Vinography
Self | Rating: 92Ripe, 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: 2015-2020Author: StuTarheel
Self | Rating: 90Solid Williams Selyem wine. A bit more tart than other RRV pinots by Williams Selyem. Good fruit but not roundAuthor: Studio425
Self | Rating: 95still 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
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 , , , and 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. and 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 , 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 , , , and .
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 , particularly and , and top producers include , , and .
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)