Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
The aromas of olallieberry, blueberry, plum, fennel and mushrooms come to life in the glass. Prosperous, plump and expansive tannins complement the focus of spicy flavors across your palate. The focus of matured dark fruits and zesty flavors develop nicely across your palate. This wine will need a bit more cellaring time to show its full potential.
"Looking to ripe cherries as its first point of focus with notes of dried violets, creamy oak and suggestions of cocoa-like richness in the background, this wine is a bit tougher on the palate than its aromas would suggest. Still, it is deep and and promising, and we would be happy to have it in the cellar for the next few years."
"Riper, more serious aromas of dark fruits, smoke and licorice, with suggestions of mocha and tobacco. Fatter, sweeter and lower-toned than the foregoing samples, with a building minerality giving lift and shape to the mid-palate. This has more stuffing to support its more obvious tannins, and its lingering finish features solid thrust and blackberry and bitter cherry notes. Altogether more brooding than the other 2008 pinots here and missing the other wines' vibrancy.
International Wine Cellar
- 7/18/2013 (24 items) (viewed 63 times)
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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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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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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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