2006 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 91-93

The 2006 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors looks potentially even better than the 2005. Complex forest floor, raspberry, cherry, and earthy notes are intermixed with a background toasty wood character in this medium-bodied, fruity effort. With decent acidity as well as a fresh, pure style, it is best consumed during its first 5-6 years of life.

Drink Dates: 2007-2013
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($65) Bright red. Vibrant raspberry and cherry preserve aromas, with suave incense, rose and baking spice scents adding complexity. Fresh and sweet, with deep but focused red fruit preserve flavors, fine-grained tannins and a compelling silky texture. Light in body but deep in flavor, with superb purity and finishing lift and cut.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: WineJunkie
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/03/2009

Rating: 92
Author: dougwilder
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/17/2009
Site Blog: purely domestic wine report 14.2% alcohol - 2 bottles tasted as the first was oxidized Aromas: pretty cherry, licorice and mineral Palate: cocoa, cherry, strawberry and a hint of loam Impression: first experience with this bottling - reminds me of why I admired this producer twenty years ago

Rating: 91
Author: Beau Roy
Tasted On: 03/16/2010

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1204 bottles owned by 451 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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