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2006 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 90 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 93340-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($65) Bright red. Vibrant raspberry and cherry preserve aromas, with suave incense, rose and baking spice scents adding complexity. Fresh and sweet, with deep but focused red fruit preserve flavors, fine-grained tannins and a compelling silky texture. Light in body but deep in flavor, with superb purity and finishing lift and cut.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Appealing for its ripe, supple texture and pure, focused plum, black cherry and raspberry flavors that gain complexity and depth on the finish.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2011
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Even more attractive is the 2006 Pinot Noir Westside Neighbors. Big, rich berry fruit intermixed with dusty loamy earthiness, roasted herbs, and spice box are all present in this medium to full-bodied, tasty Pinot.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Beau Roy
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: WineJunkie
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2017-2019
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 92

    14.2% alcohol - 2 bottles tasted as the first was oxidized Aromas: pretty cherry, licorice and mineral Palate: cocoa, cherry, strawberry and a hint of loam Impression: first experience with this bottling - reminds me of why I admired this producer twenty years ago
    Author: dougwilder
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 623 bottles owned
  • 167 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 167 collectors)