International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Deep ruby. Powerful aromas of cherry-cola, boysenberry, sandalwood and dark chocolate, with a sexy floral topnote. At once juicy and deeply pitched, offering intense red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors accented by smoky minerality. Unwinds nicely with air, which bodes well for this wine's future. Chewy tannins build on the very persistent, gently sweet finish, with the floral note echoing.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88From a Sonoma Coast vineyard made famous by Williams Selyem, the 2012 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard nearly has enough acidity to strip the enamel off the taster's teeth. The nose reveals attractive raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, and the wine is medium-bodied, but again, it possesses the same aromatic and flavor profiles as the other wines in this large portfolio.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87Pure, fresh and vibrant, with a core of red berry, fresh earth, cedar and savory herb notes. Well-proportioned, if a bit tart and trim, ending with firm tannins. Drink now through 2022. 446 cases made.Author: James Laube
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.
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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 , , , and 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. and 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 , 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 , , , and .
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 , particularly and , and top producers include , , and .
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
- 90 bottles owned
- 45 collectors