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2008 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Drake Estate Vineyard

  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 296657-2008-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($60) Vivid yellow. Highly perfumed aromas of orange blossom, lemon peel and spicecake. Less opulent than the Heintz, showing a silky texture and impressive energy to its ripe citrus, pear and spice flavors. Finishes youthfully vibrant and long, with insistent notes of candied citrus and spices.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2010
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Danl
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2011-2014
    Author: Jeremy A212
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Tremendous concentration yet displays some restraint and remains well balanced. Core of ripe tropical fruit complemented by flavors of buttered popcorn. Nice round, luscious mouthfeel. Long, palate coating finish.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2018
    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.

See other similar producers:Kosta Browne Winery,Siduri,Kistler Vineyards

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 98 bottles owned
  • 54 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 54 collectors)