2009 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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Drink Dates: 2011-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

Bright ruby-red. Highly complex nose evokes dried red berries, cherry and potpourri, with exotic spice and herb notes emerging as the wine opens in the glass. Takes on depth with air, showing bitter cherry and black raspberry on the palate. Dusty tannins add grip to very long, intense finish, which features a late note of refreshingly bitter blood orange. This definitely deserves patience.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

The 2009 Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard shows good up-front intensity, but then loses a measure of persistence on the mid-palate and finish. This is a rather dark, brooding wine, but it never fully comes together in the glass. Tar, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that struggle to fully emerge in the glass.

Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 199

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

This spicy Pinot delivers loamy earth flavors, with a touch of herbaceousness folded over the ripe blueberry, sage and savory notes.

Drink Dates: 2013-2021
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/24/2015

Rating: 88
Author: Mister45
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/26/2011
Was a little disappointed with this wine. Maybe it's too young, but this showed way too much acid, and was not balanced . There was a lot of punch, but the overall smoky flavors threw me off. Maybe it just did not hit my palate.

Average rating: 90, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

76 bottles owned by 43 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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