Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Front Label
Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Front Label

Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

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750ML / 14.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay from one of our coolest sites. The aromas of Pink Lady apples, Asian pears, passion fruit, butterscotch and cinnamon only add to the complexity of these flavors in your mouth. Rich and full of classic Drake Estate flavors like apple pie, mineral and tangerine blossom, it finishes juicy, rich and complex.

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From their estate vineyards, the 2007 Chardonnay Drake Estate’s light straw color possesses a greenish hue (always a good sign). The bouquet is more restrained than the Heintz’s, but it offers up hints of liquid minerality intermixed with white peaches, white currants, quince, honeyed citrus, brioche, and hazelnuts. With full-bodied flavors, great acidity, and a long, Corton-Charlemagne-like minerality and power, this 2007 is still playing it close to the vest, but it is a sensational, Burgundian-styled Chardonnay that should age effortlessly for a decade.
TP 93
Tasting Panel
Greenish gold. Pure, high-pitched aromas of apple, Anjou pear and tangerine. Vivacious, finely etched citrus and apple flavors display impressive clarity and pick up a salty mineral quality on the back end. This is a new bottling for Williams-Selyem, from a cool site that Cabral says provides fruit "that's extremely clean and racy."
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Another massive, dramatically rich Chardonnay from Williams Selyem. Purists will find it ponderous, but there's no denying the wealth of pineapple tart, orange custard, creme brulee, butterscotch and vanilla flavors. Lobster comes to mind as a natural partner.
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Williams Selyem Winery , California
Williams Selyem Winery  Proprietors John and Kathe Dyson Winery Image

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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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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