Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

Item No. 120691
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • ST92
  • TP90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

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:

Winemaker's Notes

Pears and cinnamon direct the aromas of this wine. Flavors of ripe apples, almonds and a hint of vanilla are broad across the palate. In the mouth there is a richness that is balanced by the citrus finish. Citrus blossom and heady aromas of Asian pear, peach, lilac, and nectarine intermingle with quince and mineral notes. Subtle toasty oak gives way to rich flavors of ripe pears, brioche, peaches and cream, and nutmeg spice, followed by a long mineral finish. Very nicely-focused and delineated in the mid palate. Drink now or for years to come. A great example of a concentrated and zesty Russian River Valley Chardonnay, grown in a very cool year, with grapes grown by Joe Rochioli from one of the iconic vineyards in the area.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright yellow-gold. Poached pear, lemon curd and vanilla on the highly perfumed nose. Lush and weighty on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering potent orchard fruit and floral flavors and a sexy vanilla note. Displays a suave blend of richness and vivacity and finishes with impressive thrust and clinging spiciness."
92 Points

"Amid Williams Seylem's iconic Pinots, don't overlook their Chards; smooth, dense and ripe with creamy texture and sweet oak; focused and long with lovely intensity."
90 Points

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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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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 Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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