2004 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($42; like the Sonoma County and Sonoma Coast bottlings, this is also just under 14% alcohol) Good bright red-ruby color. Crushed cherry, spices, underbrush and a wilder suggestion of meat on the highly aromatic nose. Offers similar elements in the mouth, with the red fruits complicated by a slightly decadent underbrush element. Finishes with fairly full but smooth tannins and good length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Burghound | Rating: 89

(bottled at 13.9%) A moderately high-toned nose of earthy red pinot fruit nuanced by hints of spice and menthol combines with sweet, rich and nicely detailed flavors that are ripe yet presently restrained, all wrapped in a delicious and persistent finish. This is really quite stylish with sneaky length.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 23

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/20/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2016
Wonderfully concentrated pinot. Ripe, sweet raspberry and red cherry fruit. Flavors of strawberry jam, kirsch and licorice. Not cloying, though, vibrant and well balanced with finely grained tannins. The whole thing is framed nicely with notes of white pepper on a lengthy, flavorful finish.

Rating: 93
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/29/2009
bright aromas of cherry, earth, saddle, and vanilla. Slightly big pinot, with medium weight, and tannins. The minerality showed on the second day along with more complexity on the finish. This was a great wine with a pleasing finish.

Rating: 92
Author: WineJunkie
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/16/2009
Wonderful cherries and plum with a nice long finish.

Rating: 88
Author: PJ Haveron
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/04/2009
Good cherry and strawberry notes. Very nice ruby color. Well structured and nicely polished wine that improved over the bottle but a bit short on the finish.

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Rating: 84
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/29/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2014

Average rating: 87, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1107 bottles owned by 368 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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