Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
As is so common with the Allen vineyard, the wine has a wonderful feminine bouquet of fragrant rose, strawberry, raspberry and five spice. The maturity of the vines contributes to the amazing complexity of this wine. The palate offers powdery mouth-coating tannins, raspberry and dark cherry fruit with Asian spices, sweet caramel and mocha oak and a long chocolate cherry finish, intermingled with spices and minerals. This is a wine with a wonderful acid-tannin structure that has a long life ahead of it. It is a very broad and centered wine that seems to continue to build on the palate. The Allen vineyard always produces a more subtle Pinot Noir that ages deceptively well.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Heady scents of black raspberry, boysenberry, incense and rose, along with subtle notes of white pepper and five-spice powder. Sweet, spicy and expansive, offering powerful red and dark berry compote flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. Clings impressively on the endless, mineral-accented finish, leaving spices and flowers behind."
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
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
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 Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
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.
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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