Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Classic Hirsch with aromas of wild blackberries, cassis, cola and truffles bursting out of my glass. The concentrated flavors of wild berries, spice, cardamom and coffee expand throughout the palate. Round brooding tannins coat the palate nicely with a juicy acidity in the finish. The darker fruits and mature tannins from the Pommard block really make this a much more complete wine showing true site specificity.
"Soft and ripe enough to drink now, after a decent decanting, it shows pure raspberry, blueberry and cherry fruit flavors, subtlely accented with cola and baking spices, and all of it wrapped into thick but smooth tannins. Good as it is, it will gain traction over the next 15 years.
"Bright ruby. Spicy red and dark berries and cherry-cola on the nose, with complicating notes of dried rose, white pepper and fruitcake. Light on its feet but very concentrated, offering powerful red fruit and floral pastille flavors that expand in the mid-palate. Becomes deeper and smokier with air while maintaining its balance and focus. This leads with finesse but there's sneaky power as well. Finishes racy and pure, with an echo of bitter cherry and excellent persistence."
International Wine Cellar
"A selection of three blocks from David Hirsch's far-coast vineyard near Fort Ross, this is made up of three heritage clones: Mt. Eden (block 4B), Pommard (5E) and Swan (6F). Give this time in a decanter and the delicate weave of flavor opens into a peacock's tail of colors and intricate patterns, the vanillin of the oak, the black olive tones of the tannins, the high-toned strawberry and orange-scented fruit all secondary to the refinement of the presentation and the energy that drives it. A joyous young vintage, this will age for a decade or more."
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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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