Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
Rainier cherries, sage and wild herbs combine with savory notes to entice the nose, while oak-derived caramel and vanilla bean complete the bouquet. Concentrated flavors of dark fruit along with raspberries, cherry and cola integrate well with broad tannins and well balanced acidity. Lingering minerals, slate and chocolate-coated cherries complete the wine. The palate is very textured with elements of nutmeg, allspice and minerals juxtaposed to notes of mountain strawberry. A refreshing tang to the finish frames the overall suppleness of this unique site. As is typical with this vineyard site, the wine will grow in character and stature as it ages in bottle and the tannins integrate.
International Wine Cellar - "Full ruby. Explosively aromatic nose offers potpourri along with ripe blackberry and cherry tones. Lush and supple, with ripe, sweet cherry and dark berry flavors building and gaining spiciness in the glass. The finish is impressively focused and gently chewy, with harmonious tannins and impressive depth."
Wine & Spirits - "Complex and unusual flavors may bring you back for a second and third taste, wondering, is that red apple? Red pear? Cumin and carrots or cranberries? Meanwhile, the velvet cushion of tannins takes over, along with a mouthwatering freshness that lifts the complexity out of sweet earthiness. An intriguing pinot from a rocky, hillside vineyard planted to highly pedigreed stock: a selection said to hail from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti as well as a Pommard selection from Rochioli’s River Block."
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
About North CoastView a map of North Coast wineries
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.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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