Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 130120
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE93
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.7%

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:

Winemaker's Notes

The nose is very floral at first with a beautiful lilac aroma and leads into strawberry and Montgomery cherry notes. The wine is beautifully framed with allspice and vanilla. Hints of freshly cut tarragon add a savory complexity to this delicious offering. The palate leads with strawberry and cherry notes and the juicy acidity seems to carry the wine and close with a silky finish. Overall, it is very round and unctuous in the mouth. An amalgam of younger vineyards from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, primarily Pommard and Dijon clones, this wine shows the true diversity of Sonoma County. The long texture finishes with a kiss of cherry fruit and mouthwatering acidity.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright ruby. Powerful cherry and blackberry scents are energized by tangy acidity and a smoky mineral quality. At once rich and lively on the palate, offering sweet dark berry flavors and a touch of licorice. In a weighty, rather masculine style for this producer, with a note of cola building on the youthfully tannic finish. "
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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