2009 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Eastside Road Neighbors 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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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

This gorgeous wine is rich and supple, displaying ripe, plummy, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's intense and spicy, pure and focused, with a long, pure, lingering finish.

Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Deep ruby. Riper and more powerful than the Westside Neighbors bottling, displaying aromas of cherry, blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate. Broad, fleshy and warm, with good depth to its dark fruit flavors and a touch of bitter cherry on the back half. The pliant, long finish features repeating dark berry notes. Cabral noted that this is a warmer area than the west side of the river and that these are almost all Dijon clones "so the wine can be expected to be darker in character and more brawny than the Westside."

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

The 2009 Pinot Noir Eastside Road Neighbors is a precise, beautifully delineated wine bursting with energy and persistence. Dark red cherries, plums, spices and licorice flow gracefully from this mid-weight, pointed wine. The bright acidity makes me think the wine will age quite nicely for a number of years. Some of the vineyards in this blend are Calegari, Black Rose and Lone Oak.

Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 199

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Monty94
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2012
Drink Dates: 2002-2009
Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.

Rating: 92
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/28/2012

Rating: 92
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/07/2013

Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

86 bottles owned by 45 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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