2005 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($42) Medium red. Strong notes of cumin and sassafras accent bright strawberry and raspberry scents. Elegant, silky and easygoing, with light red berry flavors and a fresh mineral note on the finish. This is ready to drink.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Burghound | Rating: 88

(bottled at 13.9%) This is also quite stylish with a similar nose that is slightly more complex and this additional depth continues onto the supple and attractively textured palate impression to the sappy flavors and dusty finish. A solid effort that delivers good energy and length.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 28

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Andre L593
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/24/2010
Ho brah, bugga wuz goood!

1 of 2 people found this review useful.


Rating: 92
Author: cpcolliton
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/12/2010

Rating: 90
Author: Hurraerik
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/15/2013

Rating: 90
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/30/2013
Decent pinot noir, a mix between subtle notes with some California infused bold fruit. Not very complex but pleasing. More like an everyday drinking style but too pricey.

Rating: 90
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/03/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2016
Still relatively fresh. Straightforward ripe red raspberry, strawberry and white cherry fruit. Slight hard candy notes although not much complexity. Soft tannins are fully integrated. Decent length to the finish.

Average rating: 88, based on 7 reviews
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984 bottles owned by 294 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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