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2008 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

  • 87 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 61271-2008

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Deep red. Pure, fresh aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, licorice and cola: classic RRV pinot. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, with a medicinal reserve to its dark berry and cola flavors. Building tannins call for six or seven years of patience. Finishes with sweet berry and cherry qualities and lingering spiciness.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/Jun 10
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Delicate and fragrant, with spicy black cherry and wild berry flavors of moderate complexity and depth, if leaving you wanting a little more.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: Jason R
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Danl
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: swimmer
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Ruby in color. Low rim variation. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Raspberry, Oak, Honeysuckle. Strawberry Jam, Red Currant, Alcohol/Hot, Cinnamon. Light/Medium bodied. Juicy texture. Medium finish.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: NathanL
  • Self | Rating: 90

    very light and silky - berry/spicy flavors
    Author: Kurt and Mark Paul
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

  • 762 bottles owned
  • 170 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 170 collectors)