Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 Front Label

Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

On the nose, creamy lemon and yellow apple aromas are complemented by hints of jasmine flowers. The perfectly integrated French oak gives way to a tangerine oil note that intrigues the palate. In the mouth, flavors of spiced pear, nutmeg, and minerals seem to travel along a beam of refreshing acidity. The finish is seamless and leaves the palate with a lifted white flower pop.

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The 2013 Chardonnay Drake Estate Vineyard has a light golden color and notes of tangerine oil, honeysuckle and citrus blossom. It is full-bodied, rich, and stunning. In fact, it reminds me somewhat of a Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne. This beauty should drink well for up to a decade.
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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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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.

RIN150372_2013 Item# 150372

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