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2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

  • 88 WA
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 61276-2007

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($72) Deep, vivid red. Dark cherry and dried rose on the nose, with smoke and sassafras notes gaining power in the glass. Chewy and youthfully backward right now, slowly unfurling to offer bitter cherry and dark berry skin flavors. Strong, vaguely medicinal dark fruit qualities dominate the long, peppery finish. Give this lots of air if you're tempted to open one anytime soon.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    It has some austerity, but surprisingly, the 2007 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard was even more austere, dominated by damp, earthy, mushroom notes and some crunchy, tart, sweet and sour cherry fruit. It is hard to get excited about this wine over the other top-flight 2007s, but I suspect it is just a temporary stage the wine is going through.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Well crafted and typical in WS style. Moderate understated fruit slightly detracting avoiding a higher score. Very food friendly.
    Author: swimmer
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

  • 259 bottles owned
  • 118 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 118 collectors)