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2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast


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SKU: 61283-2009-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Bright ruby. Heady, expansive bouquet of raspberry compote, cherry-vanilla and gingerbread, with notes of white pepper and licorice in the background. Smooth and fleshy in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and nuances of candied flowers and herbs. Pretty hefty but by no means thick--in fact this is pretty lithe. Finishes with very good clarity and smoky, floral persistence.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    The 2009 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a great introduction to the style of Pinot prevalent on the coast. Flowers, mint and red berries come together beautifully in this energetic, vibrant Pinot. Sweet floral notes add brightness and lift on the high-toned finish.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    This spicy Pinot delivers black cherry, plum and raspberry notes. This is medium- to full-bodied, and delicate, with silky tannins and a long, pure finish that's quite attractive.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Stewart
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Medium Pinot Color. Nose is soft and full of coffee and toasted spice. Hints of blueberry fruit and floral nuances. Palate is very young and firm. Solid blackberry and dark druit. Spicy front, leads into an almost herbal mid to late palate. Fruit goes along for the entire ride. Herbal more like a perfumed or floral hint. Solid acidic structure, with firm tannins. This is very young, and I would suggest holding for at least 3 years. A lot of character here, and should develop nicely.
    Author: Mister45
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Pretty floral nose with fresh clean fruit. Flavor is subtle, focused, and quite acidic even at this age, with crisp mineral and wet stone. Really grabs the palate on the finish. Little if any oak influence. More subtle than the Central Coast, but with greater depth and complexity.
    Author: VinoDeparture
  • Self | Rating: 87

    This wine is not doing it for me, very tight and harsh, sour raspberry & dark cherry but not pleasant fruit. Only slightly improving with some air, light/medium bodied, gave up after one glass. Will revisit tomorrow but don't have much hope.
    Author: dfkcvino
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

  • 345 bottles owned
  • 103 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 103 collectors)