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2011 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Vista Verde Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN BENITO
  • 88 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 80690-2011-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Offering intense, deep flavors amid firm, drying tannins, this promises to reward, as the mix of dark berry notes gains depth and range while holding focus. The tannins make a statement. Drink now through 2023. 512 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Ruby-red. Candied cherry, Asian spices, fresh flowers and cocoa powder on the highly perfumed nose, along with a touch of sexy oak spices. Juicy, energetic and focused, offering sweet red fruit and rose pastille flavors that gain weight in the glass. Shows impressive power and clarity on the long, palate-staining finish. For such a potent wine there's real finesse here.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Danl
  • Self | Rating: 93

    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

  • 74 bottles owned
  • 39 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 39 collectors)