Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
The aromas of white peaches and nectarines fill your glass along with honeysuckle flowers, citrus rinds and sweet caramel. On the rich, mouthwatering palate, flavors of lemon curd, peach cobbler, ginger and toasted vanilla bean explode in your mouth. A textural Chardonnay with wonderfully bright acidity that has a long and refreshing finish. Not cloying at all, it has a powerful presence that remains graceful with food — a wonderful wine for fresh salmon.
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid yellow. White peach, apricot, lemon curd and white flowers on the intensely perfumed nose, with a gingery topnote adding vivacity. Dense, fine-grained and penetrating, with excellent clarity and freshness to its orchard fruit and candied citrus flavors. Finishes with noteworthy persistence and lingering floral and citrus notes. Packs a serious punch but is nevertheless graceful."
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.
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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