2008 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($90) Deep red. Crushed blackberry, raspberry, tobacco and nutty oak on the nose. Supple and velvety but a bit unforthcoming, with firm acidity framing the somewhat medicinal flavors of red berries, bitter cherry, dark chocolate and licorice. More about soil than primary fruit, and rather brooding for a pinot from this producer, but there's very good intensity here. Finishes with gently chewy tannins and excellent tenacity. Cabral says that this dry-farmed pinot is an anomaly this year, explaining that "it's usually more feminine but with '08 being a drought year you get more manly character, more power."

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Jeremy A212
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/13/2010
Drink Dates: 2012-2018

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Rating: 98
Author: VinoDeparture
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/19/2011
Best pinot I've had in months, maybe years. Blackberries, Asian spice, green tea and toffee on the nose. In the mouth, rich dark red fruits with a nice balance of acidity, black truffle, dried spices and mineral. The ripe, somewhat masculine tasting tannins are balanced by the concentration of fruit and a long juicy finish. A big pinot with immense ageing potential.

Rating: 98
Author: GrapesofWrath
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/08/2011
Enthralling nose of wild black raspberry, strawberry, tar and campfire smoke with a touch of nettle and mocha. The palate beautifully balances plushness and precision with its layers of red and black fruits, dandelion and burdock, and a touch of mint. The finish has excellent persistence with just a little tannin remaining and a pleasing edge of citrus. I think another two years will open the finish a little more or decant it several hours before drinking and it is amazing now.

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

66 bottles owned by 40 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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