Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
Always one of my favorite coastal sites. An intricate wine with aromas of wild raspberries, black cherry, violets, sage, cherry-cola and crème brûlée. On the palate, flavors of wild berry and exotic spices burst out with a nice balance of acidity. The rich tannins and long, mouthwatering finish complete this well-built wine. Give this one 4-6 years in the cellar for optimal experience.
Wine Enthusiast - "Williams Selyem expresses the intricacies of this vineyard with more consistency than any other winery. This remarkably intellectual, ageworthy wine is bone dry, with marked acidity and complexity. The flavors range from wild cherries, cola and balsam to raspberry tart and buttered cinnamon toast. Its complexity is like a mandala, increasing in beauty the longer one examines it. A softly tannic bitterness lingers on the finish; drink 2019–2030."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of red and dark berries, smoky herbs and potpourri, with touches of vanilla and cola. Zesty black raspberry and candied cherry flavors pick up a spicy quality in the mid-palate, along with slow-building sweetness. Taut but nicely concentrated, with excellent finishing clarity and sneaky, fine-grained tannins contributing shape and grip."
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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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 grated 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.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.