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2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
abv 14.1%
  • 88 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 90 JS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 61271-2009-750

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$75.00

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  • Burghound | Rating: 89

    A perfumed and attractively nuanced nose of diverse red berries is trimmed in subtle spice hints that also appear on the rich, round and textured flavors that are delicious and generous before culminating in a lingering if somewhat rustic finish. This is not an elegant wine but I like the character.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 90

    A very fruity red with strawberry and lemon character. However, there is a subtlety to this wine with fine tannins and very pretty fruit. Some mineral and floral character too. Better in 2013.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Bright ruby. Rather brooding aromas of deep dark berries and cherry, with hints of sassafras and licorice. Juicy and broad in the mouth, offering densely packed cherry-cola and black raspberry flavors and a chewy texture. Finishes with solid grip and very good thrust, with the cola note repeating. This one will require some patience.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Fragrant fresh earth and red berry fruit is delicate, with black cherry and red plum flavors. Medium-bodied, silky and pleasing.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The 2009 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a tasty, straightforward offering with plenty of character. This delicious, fruit-driven Pinot is best enjoyed over the next 2-3 years, while the aromatics and fruit retain their freshness.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2011-2019
    Author: Matt O
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Vigneron
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

  • 565 bottles owned
  • 113 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 113 collectors)