2006 Williams Selyem - Chardonnay Drake Estate Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The debut release from the home estate vineyard is the 2006 Chardonnay Drake Estate. Made from this vineyard planted with Wente clones, this wine exhibits a strong character in 2006. Undeniably successful, it is an elegant Corton-Charlemagne style of wine with notes of crushed rock., lemon and orange blossoms, sweet white corn, and quince. The freshness, medium to full body, and complexity are all very promising and especially noteworthy in a vintage such as 2006.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/14/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2015
Absolutely delicious. Candied lemon, grapefruit and ripe citrus fruit with a slight honeyed finish. Super extracted with concentrated flavors. Viscous, weighty mouthfeel. Voluptuous, full-bodied with a lip smackingly long finish. Yum!

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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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