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Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Alpine strawberry and black cherry aromas are accompanied by an intriguing appearance of pencil shavings. Dried thyme, vanilla, and nutmeg add a high-toned texture to the bouquet. The palate shines with a perfect acid profile and sense of minerality and stoniness that add to the texture of the palate. Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir is the perfect balance of elegance and power.

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Another longtime standout for Williams Selyem, Allen Vineyard fruit imparts textural subtleties and a wealth of minerality and freshness. Citrus-driven in its cranberry and orange flavors, it shows depth and complexity, accented by lively thyme and clove notes.
WW 94
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Superbly crafted, the bold and larger-than-life 2014 Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir penetrates the palate without holding back. The wines ultrarich black fruit and savory oak flavors pair it with beef as well as lamb dishes. (Tasted: November 17, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard delivers expressive spice notes of cloves, cinnamon and anise over a red currant, red cherry and lavender core. The well-structured, medium-bodied palate packs-in a great intensity of fruit, finishing with lingering mineral notes.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
Nicely ripened with an invitingly pure and insistent sense of fruit but still a bit tighter in its framing with evident acidity tempering its nascent inclinations to suppleness, this wonderfully well-defined youngster teases with tantalizing glimpses of increased richness and nuance to come. It is at once concentrated and fairly light on its feet, and it has the vitality, the depth and the very sure fruity focus of a Pinot that is destined to grow with great grace and become more compelling as the next half-dozen years pass.
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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 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.
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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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