2008 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Deep red. Pure, fresh aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, licorice and cola: classic RRV pinot. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, with a medicinal reserve to its dark berry and cola flavors. Building tannins call for six or seven years of patience. Finishes with sweet berry and cherry qualities and lingering spiciness.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Mcaz
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/27/2012

Rating: 91
Author: Jason R
Trust Rating: 98
Drink Dates: 2010-2015

Rating: 90
Author: Kurt and Mark Paul
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/17/2012
very light and silky - berry/spicy flavors

Rating: 90
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/29/2014

Rating: 89
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/29/2013

Average rating: 88, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1756 bottles owned by 503 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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