Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
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%.
The concentrated aromas of wild cherries, sweet spices, cardamom and mineral immediately fill your glass. The racy acids fill your mouth with wild berry flavors, violets, white truffle and toasty oak. Rich and expansive tannins drive the long sensuous finish in your mouth. This is probably one of the most expressive Sonoma Coast wines that will develop well with time.
"Deep red. Complex, highly aromatic nose combines vibrant red berries, cherry compote, floral oils, Asian spices and a whiff of tarragon. Juicy and very intense but surprisingly light on its feet; spreads out to stain the palate without any impression of weight or warmth. This energetic wine should put on weight in a couple of years but is pretty intriguing now. Very pure pinot with fully integrated tannins and excellent finishing energy and lift."
International Wine Cellar
"edium ruby, with complex aromatics reminiscent of a premier cru from the Cote de Beaune, the strawberry, black cherry and foresty notes of the 2008 Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard are hard to resist. One of the softer, lusher styles from Williams-Selyem, this wine is medium-bodied, elegant, restrained, but beautifully fruited and seductive. Drink it over the next 5-7 years."
The Wine Advocate
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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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