Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008  Front Label
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Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

  • CG93
750ML / 14.3% ABV
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750ML / 14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Coffee mocha and ripe wild blackberries dominate the nose of this masculine wine. Racy cherry/berry flavors and rich fat tannins fill your mouth, along with Shiitake mushrooms in the finish. The newer clonal plantings from this ranch were bulked out due to smoke taint, but the remaining lots have added an enormous amount of depth and complexity to this wine. The extracted tannin will soften with several years of patience in your cellar.

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A little bit more direct than the other highly rated Pinots from Williams Selyem, this one is generously fruited and very rich with both suppleness and a touch of silk that carry it across the palate. Its style might tempt early drinking, but the very long finish and good balance will earn it a place in the cellar for a half decade's rest. Of course, if you want to drink one wine from this special group, this one might be it if only because it is so delightfully deep even now.
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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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Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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