2007 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 90-92

The 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River is even better, with deeper ruby color, sweeter black cherry and black raspberry fruit, forest floor, and hints of earth and herbs. It has nice tannin and a long finish.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($46) Vivid red. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, Asian spices and fresh rose, with a nervy mineral underpinning. Lively and sharply focused, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. The finish strongly echoes the red fruit and spice notes and is strikingly persistent. This is already long on personality but I'd give it at least three more years of cellaring.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Burghound | Rating: 89

(bottled at 14.1%; $46) This offers a step up in aromatic depth with a spice and sandalwood character to the fresh and ripe red pinot fruit nose that is followed by lush, round and supple flavors that are delicious though there is the barest edge to the otherwise perfumed and lingering finish. This will probably round out in the bottle and the benefit of the doubt is offered.

Drink Dates: 2013+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 36

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/14/2015
Drink Dates: 2014-2022

Rating: 92
Author: Jason R
Trust Rating: 98
Drink Dates: 2009-2017

Rating: 91
Author: Mucha Wine
Trust Rating: 59
Tasted On: 02/04/2012

Rating: 91
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/03/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2016
Red berry fruits with a hint of cooked cherry on the nose leads to an extremely well balanced wine with enough tannin to last and sufficient fruit to make it enjoyable. Nice long finish as well.

Rating: 91
Author: Robert R928
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/02/2011
Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Nose of cherry and a trace of earth. Palette displays some heat along with flavors of cherry, cola, mint, and vanilla. Exceptionally smooth texture. Long finish. An excellent wine for the price. Coming into maturity now so recommend drinking soon.

Average rating: 90, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2200 bottles owned by 691 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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