Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

$85.00
Item No. 123249
  • red wine
  • ST91
  • W&S90
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: 13.5%

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

This is a new offering from the cool Petaluma wind gap area of the Sonoma Coast. The rich clay/loam soils and long growing season of 2011 produced an extraordinary wine of texture and complexity. The aromas of ripe Bing cherries, sassafras, Morel mushrooms, red plums and cappuccino fill your glass. Rich, earthy tannins coat the palate finishing with flavors of ripe red fruits, fresh truffles, sage and savory acidity.

Critical Acclaim

"Vivid ruby. An expressive bouquet offers raspberry and cherry preserves, Asian spices, musky loam and licorice. Sappy and open-knit, with red berry, licorice and floral pastille flavors enlivened by harmonious acidity. Finishes with silky tannins and very good length, betraying a hint of youthful tannins."
91 Points

"This is Williams Seylem's first vintage from Charles and Diana Karen's vineyard in the Petaluma Gap. The foggy, windy site produced a tart, light-bodied pinot with scents of strawberries and raspy strawberry seed flavors. Its gentle structure carries the red fruit in a cherry direction, suited to roast duck."
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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