2009 Williams Selyem - Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Vivid ruby-red. Heady, intensely perfumed scents of raspberry and cherry preserves, sandalwood, dried rose and gingerbread. At once precise and deep, offering sweet red and dark fruit flavors lifted by tangy acidity, with silky tannins providing support. This tactile, palate-staining, lively midweight finishes with excellent definition and lingering spiciness.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Very complete, complex and balanced, with subtle cherry, plum and raspberry fruit that's supple and graceful. Medium- to full-bodied, gaining depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors linger.

Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

The 2009 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors is made from a collection of vineyards along Westside Road, including Allen, Bacigalupi, Rochioli Riverblock and the estate's own vineyard. Dark red cherries, spices and flowers flow effortlessly from this plump, juicy wine. A soft, textured finish rounds out this pretty Pinot.

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

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Jeremy A212
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/05/2011
Drink Dates: 2012-2019

Rating: 95
Author: Mister45
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/05/2011

Rating: 93
Author: NathanL
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 08/31/2011
lots of structure, acidity, citrus flavors, cherry cola, vanilla.

Rating: 92
Author: EJS
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/11/2014

Rating: 91
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/27/2015

Average rating: 91, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

285 bottles owned by 87 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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