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2008 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard


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SKU: 61275-2008-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($62) Ruby-red. Exotic, highly perfumed scents of black raspberry, potpourri, patchouli, cola and licorice, plus a hint of smoky herbs. A rich and surprisingly firm and juicy midweight, with creamy-sweet red and dark berry flavors leavened by subtle minerality that runs through the wine. Gains in power with air and finishes with serious thrust, grip and length. This is the most masculine pinot in this year's lineup.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2010
  • Burghound | Rating: 84

    A pungent nose of ash, menthol and smoke taint serves as a very odd introduction to the rich, round and solidly well-concentrated flavors that display more smoke taint on the tangy and mildly bitter finish. Some may find the smoky character interesting but I do not and I definitely would not age this.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    Speaking of the outliers, the 2008 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard has a dark ruby/purple color and an attractive nose of blue and red fruits and spice. With zesty acidity, medium body, tart red and black fruit flavors, and slightly more concentration than normal (small yields no doubt accounted for this), the wine shows no sign of the smoke taint that was a problem in the Anderson Valley. It should drink nicely for 4-5 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Danl
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    Author: anandgowda1
  • Self | Rating: 86

    This wine has body, weight, and concentration. However, I do believe it has smoke taint and maybe over sweetness and burnt. Unless this wine just missed my palate, I would not go back for more.
    Author: Mister45
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

  • 144 bottles owned
  • 68 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 68 collectors)