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2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 89 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 61276-2009-750-2B

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$120.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Bright ruby. Spicy red and dark berries and cherry-cola on the nose, with complicating notes of dried rose, white pepper and fruitcake. Light on its feet but very concentrated, offering powerful red fruit and floral pastille flavors that expand in the mid-palate. Becomes deeper and smokier with air while maintaining its balance and focus. This leads with finesse but there's sneaky power as well. Finishes racy and pure, with an echo of bitter cherry and excellent persistence.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    The 2009 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard weaves across the palate with layers of expressive, ripe red fruit. The Hirsch impresses for its delineation and nuance, both of which are on full display here. Sweet dark berries, spices and licorice add complexity as the wine opens up in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    This trim, balanced Pinot shows a mineral, wet-rock edge to the snappy berry flavors. Medium-bodied, refreshingly vibrant and mouthwatering.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2011-2019
    Author: Jeremy A212
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Darkish Pinot. The nose seems masculine and shows mineral nuances. Dark plum and sweet raisin. Palate is gripping, with a long and dark chocolate finish. Deep and brooding, this is a big wine and an american pinot to the core. A distinct juiciness, yet the burnt wood and herbal masculinity shine through. For american pinot lovers, this is a great wine. For my Burgundian palate, it's a little over the top.
    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.

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.

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 166 bottles owned
  • 80 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 80 collectors)