Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
Bright wild strawberries, rose petal, violets and mineral aromas fill your glass. Concentrated wild raspberry, potpourri and mushroom flavors finish up encompassing and plump in the mouth. The addition of clone 115 (new South Hill in 2001) gives added wild berry flavors that are complemented by mouth watering acids. The older blocks contribute lush and rounded tannins and brooding berry fruits. The toasted oak and mature grape tannins are always complemented by a silky texture that finishes long. A wonderfully concentrated vintage that will only get better with time.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright medium red. Far more energetic than the Flax, showing assertive red berry and floral character, along with notes of orange zest and dusty minerals. Sharply focused and pure, with bright strawberry and raspberry flavors underscored by Asian spices and candied rose. Weightier and more masculine on the finish, which features lingering notes of black raspberry and smoky minerals. According to Cabral, these vines were planted in 1970."
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Here is a sophisticated, complex look at Pinot Noir with notes of dried flowers, lush cherries and scents of sweet smoke all elevated by an elusive perfumed note sitting in the background. Supple, polished and already showing the first signs of Pinot velvety textural potential, this wine holds long on the palate, is impeccably balanced and despite its well-expressed flavors, is light on its feet. It will seduce you with its early charms but do let it age into even better."
Williams Selyem Winery
Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the United States, aligning Sonoma County's Russian River Valley in the firmament of the best winegrowing regions of the world. Today John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking without compromise. As for the wines... they just keep getting better and better. View all Williams Selyem Winery Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.