Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
Intense maraschino cherries, wild raspberries, chocolate and spice best describe the aromas of this vintage. Racy cherry flavors and rich, fat tannins fill your mouth along with along with black truffle in the finish. A very fruit-driven wine that exhibits great weight in the mouth and finishes long and rich. The extracted tannin will soften with several years of patient cellaring.
Wine Enthusiast - "A wonderful wine from one of the best vineyards in Anderson Valley. It's a bit acidic and tannic now, the result of this cool vintage, but time in the bottle should soften and resolve the tartness and astringency. The wine itself is very dry, with flavors of cherries, cola, balsam, Asian spices and oak. Cellar Selection."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid red. Red- and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by smoked meat, potpourri and cola. The fresh palate offers nervy red berry flavors and a strong jolt of tangy minerals. More energetic in the mouth than on the nose, with excellent back-end clarity and snap. With air, this picked up a drop-dead sexy floral quality. Give this one some cellar time."
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Its very obvious youth notwithstanding, this gregarious Pinot shows real complexity even now with layered aromas of red cherries, sweet oak and dried flowers and like-minded flavors that are charged by taut fruity acidity."
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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
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Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
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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