2007 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 750ml

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IWC 92   WS 90   BH 88?   WA 88   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($42) Deep, bright red. Pure aromas of spicy red berries, flowers and minerals are deepened by a gentle smoky quality. Suave and silky, offering sweet strawberry and raspberry flavors and showing no obvious tannins. A juicy, precise wine that finishes with impressive clarity and lingering sweetness. There's a lot of Hirsch fruit in here, Bob Cabral told me.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Spicy red cherry, plum and rose petal scents are delicate and elegant. Medium-bodied, with a touch of candied cherry. This ends as it begins - delicate and elegant - gaining nuance and finesse.

Drink Dates: 2010-2014
Author: James Laube

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Burghound | Rating: 88?

(bottled at 14.0%; $42) Here the fruit is mildly riper with a lightly spiced nose of red raspberry and cherry fruit aromas that slide into delicious and energetic medium-bodied flavors that presently display a noticeable trace of astringency on the otherwise persistent finish. This may or may not round out but for now it's a bit of a question mark.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 36

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

The 2007 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast's light ruby color is accompanied by aromas of strawberries and cherries, an attractive texture, tart acids, and an elegant, Chambolle-Musigny-like personality.

Drink Dates: 2010-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 187

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/10/2012
Drink Dates: 2011-2015

Rating: 92
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/06/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Robert R928
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/17/2010
Drink Dates: 2012-2015
Still a bit young. Nose of intense candied cherry with hints of cola and a trace of spice. Flavors of cherry are balanced by nice acid and a silky mouthfeel. A little hot but should age nicely over the next 3-5 years.

Rating: 91
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/26/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2015

Rating: 88
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/26/2012
www.myspace.com/southboundunion Seems their app blends are a bit hit and miss. This was a miss, given the price. Had that jelly overtone that makes their wines sometimes difficult to enjoy. Not a bad wine, but not very good

Average rating: 90, based on 9 reviews
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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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