Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

$109.00
Item No. 120680
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • ST93
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2007
  • WE94
  • W&S94
  • RP93

Winemaker's Notes

The aromas of black cherries, blackberries, cola and truffles are bursting out of the glass. Rich tannins focus the cardamom and other Asian spice flavors across the palate. Aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and baked cherry pie combine with the fragrance of violets, well-integrated oak, roasted marshmallow and vanilla pod to create a complex and full bodied nose. The round, firm yet supple palate lives up to this promise. Bing cherry, crème caramel, vanilla bean and seamless oak create a broad wine with rich tannins and a long cola finish. Plum and blackberry aromas are intermixed with notes of curry spice. Sweet plum at the entry with a smoked meat element and a black tea-like finish punctuate this bold Pinot Noir.

Critical Acclaim

"Deep ruby. Heady, exotically perfumed bouquet combines raspberry compote, Asian spices, violet and a touch of incense. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering lively black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors along with notes of candied rose and star anise. Shows excellent heft and energy on the finish, which clings with impressive spiciness and tenacity."
93 Points

Learn About Williams Selyem Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Russian River

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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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