Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from North Coast, 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: 13.9%
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%.
This unique site seems to be expressing more fruit-driven characteristics as these vines mature. The aromas of Rainier cherries, fennel, cardamom, earth and minerals dominate the bouquet entirely in this vintage. The concentrated flavors of wild berries, cola, minerals and fresh cardamom are
complemented by the lingering tannin and long finish. As this vineyard continues to mature it is showing the true idiom of this unique site.
"A spectacular, beautiful wine, the best Williams Selyem Weir ever. This wine can be rustic, and the '09 shows the vineyard's edgy tannin structure and eathiness. But it's so rich in fruit, mocha and spices, so elegant, with such a delicacy despite the power, you have to admire it. Not ready though. Give it at least six years.
"Bright red. Highly expressive, floral aromas of strawberry, raspberry, potpourri and Asian spices. Vibrant and spicy on entry, then gains heft and depth in the mid-palate, offering smoky red berry and musky floral flavors and excellent tangy lift. Benefits enormously from aeration, showing excellent clarity on the long, spicy finish. I'd bet on this aging slowly and gracefully."
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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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Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
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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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