Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label

Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 2010

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

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of wild raspberries, rainier cherries, cassis, Asian spices, creme brulee, truffles and forest floor, espresso, cola and truffles burst out of the glass. Intense flavors of berries and anise with a hint of wild game coat the palate. The palate is silky in texture with five spice and cardamom giving way to strawberry and raspberry fruit across the mid-palate. The back palate displays spicy oak, supple tannins, coffee and orange rind, all of which combine for a long, lasting finish. Sandalwood, vanilla, and anise are countered with berries and black cherry skin in the mouth. This is a complete wine, showing true Hirsch site specificity. With each year the mature vines at Hirsch seem to bring more complexity and balance to the wine.

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WE 99
Wine Enthusiast
This expresses the greatness of its vintage and vineyard, offering wave after wave of raspberry and cherry pie flavors, plus notes of red currant, sweet licorice, spicy Dr. Pepper and smoky sandalwood. There’s also something exotically briary and wild that intrigues. Even more remarkable is the texture, an amalgam of acids and tannins that rivals any Pinot Noir ever produced in California. It should age for up to 20 years.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Pure, rich and harmonious, with an expansive core of ripe plum, raspberry, fresh earth and mineral, tightening up on the finish. Drink now through 2023.
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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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The Sonoma Coast AVA is large in area but, not counting overlapping regions like Russian River Valley, only has a few thousand acres of grapevines—and it’s no wonder. Much of the region is rugged and not easily accessible. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean’s fog and cool breezes limits the varieties that can be cultivated, but it proves to be an ideal environment for high quality Pinot Noir.

Since fog is a frequent fact of life here, as are heavy marine layers that sometimes bring rain, the best vineyards are wisely planted above the fog line, on picturesque ridges that capture enough sun to provide even ripening. That, with the overnight drop in temperature that reliably preserves acidity, results in fine expressions of Pinot Noir that often receive tremendous critic and consumer praise alike, and are often in high demand.

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