2002 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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WS 92   BH 88   WA 88   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Wonderful fragrant aromas of flowers and ripe cherry and wild berry, which transfer over to a smooth, rich, polished style that caresses the palate, turning silky and delicate. Finishes with vivid black cherry and blackberry fruit and touches of vanilla and spice. 3,275 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2008
Author: James Laube

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Burghound | Rating: 88

(bottled at 14.2%) Deeply pitched red and black pinot fruit aromas nuanced by hints of mocha and spice combine with sexy, rich and generous flavors that deliver good volume if limited complexity at present. The finish is sappy, dusty and mouth coating with a hint of warmth. This is a pretty effort and I like the overall balance here that should enable it to reward 4 to 5 years of cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Issue: Issue 19

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

There are 3,230 cases of the 2002 Pinot Noir Russian River, which exhibits a dark ruby color, good, crisp acidity, plum, Allspice, vanilla, and pomegranate characteristics, medium body, and a 3-4 year lifeline.

Drink Dates: 2005-2009
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: WineDoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/29/2013
In a nice spot now, one of the better W-S Pinots I've enjoyed in a while.

Rating: 94
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 10/22/2010
The last of a great vintage. Truly got better and better.

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

Rating: 90
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/27/2009
Drink Dates: 2005-2014
Dark cherry color. Dried cherry flavor and chewy tannins on the palate. Medium finish. This is a nice Pinot at this stage with still potential to gain complexity.

Average rating: 89, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

735 bottles owned by 229 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.

See other similar producers: Kosta Browne Winery, Siduri, Kistler Vineyards

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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