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2014 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Olivet Lane Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 92 WA
  • 88 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 61278-2014-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2014 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane has a medium ruby-purple color and expressive black raspberry, mulberry and black cherry notes with hints of anise and tilled earth. The medium-bodied palate is generously fruited with intense red and black berry layers and a satiny texture, finishing with a lively lift.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Vinous | Rating: 89

    The 2014 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane Vineyard is quite closed today. Next to the other 2014s in this range, the Olivet Lane comes across as compact and a touch austere. Citrus notes add brightness to the red cherry and cranberry fruit, but the 2014 never seems to really open up. It will be interesting to see what happens with more time in bottle.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    The plum and cherry notes are fresh and vibrant, touching on juicy, yet the dry herb and savory flavors hold this back on the finish. Drink now. 346 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: C Wright
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

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 46 bottles owned
  • 25 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 25 collectors)