Williams Selyem Burt Williams Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir 2016
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This is the last vintage of the Morning Dew Ranch vineyard designate, as it was sold in 2016. Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Burt Williams Morning Dew Ranch features scents of cinnamon stick, orange peel, dried bark, cranberry and warm raspberries plus accents of blackberries, dried spices and flowers, blue fruit hints and a saline and cola undercurrent. The palate is light to medium-bodied, silky and concentrated with soft, grainy tannins and very juicy acidity lifting the long, spiced finish. 435 cases produced.
Surrounded by redwood forests and often blanketed in chilly, ocean fog, the Anderson Valley is one of California’s most picturesque appellations. During the growing season, moist, cool, late afternoon air flows in from the Pacific Ocean along the Navarro River and over the valley's golden, oak-studded hills. High and low temperatures can vary as much as 40 or 50 degrees within a single day, allowing for slow and gentle ripening of grapes, which will in turn create elegantly balanced wines.
The Anderson Valley is best known for Pinot Noir made in a range of styles from delicate and floral to powerful and concentrated. Chardonnay also shines here, and both varieties are often utilized for the production of some of California’s best traditional method sparkling wines. The region also draws inspiration from Alsace and produces excellent Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.