Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label

Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2005

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750ML / 14.3% ABV
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750ML / 14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Very ripe aromas of raspberry, boysenberry, roses, sassafras and espresso fill your nose. Rich, ripe tannins roll across the palate with flavors of wild berry, dark chocolate, sage, black truffles and toasty oak. The finish on this wine is long and sexy.

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W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
David Hirsch grows some of the most compelling pinot noir on the far Sonoma coast, some of which he sells to Williams Selyem-a selection of three blocks, planted to three classic California clones: Mt. Eden, Pommard and Swan. This 2005 has a beautiful red fruit aroma, somewhere between raspberry and cranberry. It has the tautness of pinot grown three miles from the ocean and the richness of grapes grown above the fog. Still nascent, this feels sleek and built to last.
WE 93
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s usual with a Hirsch Pinot, the wine is young and thick and jammy, even a little heavy, and needs time to develop. The wild raspberry, sour cherry, cola and Asian spices have a touch of smoky new oak, while the tannins and acids are noticeable, providing a dry architecture for the ripe fruit. Should develop over the next decade, as everything comes together into balance.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I loved the 2005 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard for its sweet red apple skin, pomegranate, cherry, raspberry, earthy, forest floor, and juicy meat-like perfume. This full-bodied, tannic Pinot requires additional bottle age, but it should prove to be uncommonly long-lived, easily lasting 12-15 years.
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Williams Selyem Winery , 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.

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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.

Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.

The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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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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