2008 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($46) Bright red. Vibrant aromas of raspberry, licorice, rose and sandalwood. Juicy and intense, with very good sweetness and fleshiness to the red berry and spicecake flavors. The silky tannins arrive late. I like the high-pitched, spicy fruit character of the sappy finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 150

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

This complex red is focused on a mix of black cherry, red licorice and spicy fruit flavors. Full-bodied, delicate and framed by firm, supple tannins.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: James Laube


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Burghound | Rating: 88(?)

A discreet application of wood serves as a backdrop for the ripe if not especially elegant red pinot fruit aromas that marry into delicious and voluminous flavors that possess reasonably good depth but also a touch of dryness that may or may not age out. My score offers the benefit of the doubt.

Drink Dates: 2013+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 40

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: EJS
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/06/2012
Drink Dates: 2010-2014

Rating: 92
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/17/2015

Rating: 92
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/27/2011
Nicey strawberry and cherry aromas. Nicely balanced with good acidity and fruit. Some mushroom, wet stone, and vanilla leading to a pleasing finish. Good stuff

Rating: 91
Author: winehead247
Tasted On: 11/04/2012

Rating: 85
Author: anandgowda1
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/30/2012
unimpressive

Average rating: 89, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1123 bottles owned by 427 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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