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2014 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 92 WA
  • 88 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 93340-2014
  • Burghound | Rating: 90

    A brooding and quite somber nose only grudgingly offers up notes of plum, black currant and dark raspberry. The solidly concentrated medium-bodied flavors have a highly seductive and caressing mouth feel yet the focused, mildly austere and well-delineated finish does not lack for punch and persistence. This is presently quite tightly wound and should also definitely repay a few years of bottle age.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Offers rich and juicy flavors of plum, cherry and wild berry at the core. Pure and direct, picking up touches of anise and cedar, trimming on the finish as the fine-grained tannins take center stage. Drink now. 1,068 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Pale to medium ruby colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Westside Neighbors reveals aromas of raspberry leaves, Bing cherries, lavender and fragrant earth with a waft of potpourri. The palate is beautifully harmonious with soft, silky tannins and a refreshing line of acid, finishing fine and elegant.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • Vinous | Rating: 92

    The 2014 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors is juicy, forward and beautifully open-knit. Although not especially complex, the Westside Road Neighbors offers lovely fleshiness as well as considerable near to medium-term appeal, all in the racy, fruit-driven style that is so typical of the Russian River.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • 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.

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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 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

    • 236 bottles owned
    • 65 collectors