Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Aromas of wild raspberries, rainier cherries, cassis, Asian spices, creme brulee, truffles and forest floor, espresso, cola and truffles burst out of the glass. Intense flavors of berries and anise with a hint of wild game coat the palate. The palate is silky in texture with five spice and cardamom giving way to strawberry and raspberry fruit across the mid-palate. The back palate displays spicy oak, supple tannins, coffee and orange rind, all of which combine for a long, lasting finish. Sandalwood, vanilla, and anise are countered with berries and black cherry skin in the mouth. This is a complete wine, showing true Hirsch site specificity. With each year the mature vines at Hirsch seem to bring more complexity and balance to the wine.
Wine Enthusiast - "This expresses the greatness of its vintage and vineyard, offering wave after wave of raspberry and cherry pie flavors, plus notes of red currant, sweet licorice, spicy Dr. Pepper and smoky sandalwood. There’s also something exotically briary and wild that intrigues. Even more remarkable is the texture, an amalgam of acids and tannins that rivals any Pinot Noir ever produced in California. It should age for up to 20 years."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. High-pitched red berries and Asian spices on the intensely perfumed nose. Silky in texture and sharply focused, offering fresh raspberry and cherry flavors and a jolt of zesty minerality. Very fresh and seamless pinot with strong finishing spiciness and lingering minerality. This suave wine drinks very nicely right now but should age well on its balance."
Wine Spectator - "Pure, rich and harmonious, with an expansive core of ripe plum, raspberry, fresh earth and mineral, tightening up on the finish. Drink now through 2023."
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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
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
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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