Williams Selyem Coastlands Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
Almost always the darkest Pinot Noir of the lineup, this vintage is no exception with aromas of black stone fruit, pepper, cola and wild mushrooms. Extracted flavors of berries, spice and dried herb are balanced by soft, supple tannins. Concentrated flavors of plum, raspberry, baked cherry cobbler, licorice, Asian spices, white pepper and floral notes fill your glass. This is a concentrated and lively wine with a long raspberry finish. The roundness and suppleness of this wine clings to the palate with flavors of pomegranate, wild berries, white pepper, and Morel mushrooms, but it remains lively with a refreshing citrus zesty quality.
International Wine Cellar - "Dark ruby. Pungent, highly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry and licorice are complicated by sexy floral and Asian spice nuances. Deeply concentrated but lively, with impressive energy to its red and dark berry compote flavors. Finishes spicy and very long, with sweet rose pastille and raspberry notes clinging tenaciously. Give this wine some air if you insist on drinking it any time soon."
Wine & Spirits - "From the Cobb family’s vineyard on the far coast near Occidental, this is a powerfully concentrated young pinot noir. Its bold red fruit is rich up front, tightening up into spicy tannins at the end. Give this several years in the cellar to unfold."
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 Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
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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