Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 115843
  • red wine
  • ST95
  • WE91
  • WS91
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • ST93

Winemaker's Notes

Like any long time friend we all tend to show some age. In this case, this "friend" has developed into a much more complex wine than I ever remember! Perfumed maraschino cherries, strawberry jam, dried spices and cola present a matured sexiness now to this wine. Intense cherry/ wild raspberry flavors end up surrounded by silky tannins and toasty oak. Many of you barrel tasted the 2010 vintage at our Spring Release Pick Up Party and this wine is almost a mirror image—that I believe will age more gracefully.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright red. Explosively perfumed and pure on the nose, showing mineral-laced red berry and cherry qualities complicated by sexy spices and flowers. Really heady pinot, with exotic red fruit compote and floral pastille flavors and a silky, seamless texture. The spiciness dominates the very long, sappy, incisive finish. This will be a beauty in a few years and should age gracefully. There are only 191 cases of this wine, the first Olivet Lane bottling for Williams-Selyem since the 1997. Cabral said that he was thrilled to be able to work with this fruit again, "even if there wasn't much, because it's a return to a vineyard that put the winery on the map, which makes this feel like coming full circle." 95 points"
95 Points

"This fragrant, delicate style exhibits a rich black cherry and blueberry core of flavors that lend a measure of finesse and refinement. Ends with a subtle mineral, loamy earth note. Drink now through 2020. 191 cases made."
91 Points

"Intensely ripe, jammy raspberry and cherry fruit marks this impressive young Pinot Noir. It shows Williams Selyem’s impeccable balance and elegance, but is a little soft and direct, lacking nuance. Could do interesting things in the bottle down the years, but seems best now and through 2014."
91 Points

"The 2009 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane Vineyard is one of the more gracious, mid-weight wine in this lineup. It floats across the palate with sweet dark cherries, crushed, flowers, mint, licorice and spices. The Olivet Lane is all about subtlety, and there is plenty of that here. "
90 Points

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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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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

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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