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Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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14.3% ABV
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14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Mocha, licorice and ripe wild berries lead the aromas of this concentrated wine. Racy raspberry and blackberry flavors and broad rich tannins fill your mouth, with a note of Portobello mushrooms in the finish. This wine exhibits great weight in the mouth and finishes long with a kirsch aftertaste that rightly completes this wine. A very cellar worthy wine.

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CG 95
Connoisseurs' Guide
Sporting a wealth of precise, deeply drawn, Pinot Noir fruit and an altogether impeccable sense of balance, this compelling and compulsively drinkable wine ranks tops on our list of Williams Selyem favorites. Never other than optimally ripe and insistently focused on sweet cherries with deft accents of creamy oak adding richness, it is a friendly, deceptively deep effort that eschews bombast in favor of refinement and focused Pinot character.
WE 94
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Ferrington is one of Anderson Valley's greatest vineyards, and this wine is stunning. Fully dry and elegant in structure, with fine acidity and dusty tannins, it offers a wealth of cola, cherry pie, mushu plum sauce, cinnamon and cardamom spice flavors. Will easily develop over the next eight years.
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Williams Selyem Winery

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Williams Selyem Winery , Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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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.

Anderson Valley

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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.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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