2000 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

The dark ruby/purple-colored, sweet, dense, beautifully fruited 2000 Pinot Noir Russian River (1,400 cases) is more charming and consumer-friendly than most of this estate's Pinots. Although not long-lived, for drinking over the next 4-5 years, it is top-flight.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: Robert Parker


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

Good medium ruby. Wild nose dominated by roast coffee and meat. Then rich and spicy in the mouth, with dark fruit flavors complicated by a meaty quality. The brettanomyces element here is not especially aggressive yet robs the wine of some of its primary fruit and verve. Still, this finishes supple, sweet and persistent.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Spicy and minty, with hints of barnyard and leather woven in with tea and plum; a touch of beefy stemminess on the finish suggests short-term cellaring. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,389 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2006
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: sfvino
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 06/23/2009
Drink Dates: 2009
Elegant as a Chopin Nocturne, soft spoken yet poignant. Fruit is still there, but a fading beauty. Drink ASAP!

Rating: 89
Author: WineDoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/09/2013

Average rating: 87, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

214 bottles owned by 75 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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