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2010 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 87 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 61283-2010-750-3B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    Williams Selyem's 2010 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is gorgeous. Juicy, open and expressive, the 2010 is bursting with sweet, radiant red fruit. Floral and spice nuances develop later, but the 2010 remains a forward, fruit-driven wine best enjoyed over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Bright red. Very pure, lively aromas of black raspberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense, spicy and sweet but almost weightless, offering nuanced flavors of dark berries and flowers complicated by bitter chocolate and woodsmoke. The persistent, floral-tinged finish features silky, fine-grained tannins and very good energy.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Offers a mix of ripe black cherry and plum, with a crushed rock edge, tight and firm, persistent on the finish. Should gain. Best from 2013 through 2021. 1,746 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Flipper
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Jam02110
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 2013
    Author: lupin
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Baking spice, red fruit aromas. Classic Williams-Selyem color (i.e. almost glowing red). Bright red pinot fruit flavors, plenty of structure.
    Author: Zarm
  • Self | Rating: 91

    strawberry, cola, amazing floral notes, slight earthiness with plenty of glycerin.
    Author: NathanL
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

  • 522 bottles owned
  • 109 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 109 collectors)