Williams Selyem Coastlands Pinot Noir 2016
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From the cooler Sonoma Coast, the 2016 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard just leaps out of the glass with its spice, pine forest, wild strawberry, blueberry, and incense aromas and flavors. Incredibly complex, medium to full-bodied, with nicely integrated acidity, it has plenty of fruit and richness, as well as length on the finish. It will be better in a year or two and thrill for over a decade.
Medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard has a Syrah-like nose of cracked black pepper, smoked meats, dried tobacco leaf, fried savory herbs, wild blackberries, crushed stone and old leather with blue and red fruit hints. Medium-bodied, it's savory in the mouth, intense but silky smooth, with laser-like juicy acidity, finishing very long, layered and packed to the gills with flavor. This has a savory profile but with amazing freshness, lift and energy. 180 cases produced.
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.
The Sonoma Coast AVA is large in area but, not counting overlapping regions like Russian River Valley, only has a few thousand acres of grapevines—and it’s no wonder. Much of the region is rugged and not easily accessible. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean’s fog and cool breezes limits the varieties that can be cultivated, but it proves to be an ideal environment for high quality Pinot Noir.
Since fog is a frequent fact of life here, as are heavy marine layers that sometimes bring rain, the best vineyards are wisely planted above the fog line, on picturesque ridges that capture enough sun to provide even ripening. That, with the overnight drop in temperature that reliably preserves acidity, results in fine expressions of Pinot Noir that often receive tremendous critic and consumer praise alike, and are often in high demand.