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2008 Williams Selyem - Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard

  • 90 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 90 IWC
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SKU: 89384-2008-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($50) Yellow-gold. Powerful aromas of peach nectar, orange marmalade, spices and honey; broader and more exotic than the Allen, with lush, creamy texture and serious heft. This has good power and depth, and finishes on an exotic note of mango. It also needs rich food.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2010
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Bold, rich and extracted, displaying complex fig, melon, honeysuckle, spice and floral scents that are full-bodied, if ending with a slightly coarse edge.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2008 Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard, an iconic site used by several of the top Chardonnay specialists in Northern California, displays more orange rind, creme brulee, roasted hazelnuts and smokier notes than the Allen. Thicker and more unctuous, this classic, old-style California Chardonnay seems on a much faster evolutionary track than the Allen and is probably best drunk over the next 1-2 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 2017-2018
    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.

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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

  • 66 bottles owned
  • 40 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 40 collectors)