Williams Selyem Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
Williams Selyem Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label

Williams Selyem Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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750ML / 13.7% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The inaugural offering of the Williams Selyem Lewis MacGregor Estate Pinot Noir is a knockout! The brilliant, red color is mesmerizing. Black cherry and black raspberry notes are complemented by essences of dried thyme, musky herbs with a touch of citrus rind, cedar and clove. In the mouth, black cherry skin and cherry pit flavors are complemented by dense, but elegant tannins. Crushed quartz and bittersweet chocolate round out a powerful yet refined first offering.

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CG 94
Connoisseurs' Guide
This, the first Williams Selyem offering from the Lewis MacGregor Vineyard, is an outstanding addition to the winery's lengthy list of single-site Pinots. While it exhibits the usual attention to careful structure and balance, it is as deep and explicitly fruity as any in its 2014 family and already teases with flashes of complexity to come. Its seamless transition from suppleness to finishing firmness is the mark of a Pinot destined to gain in beauty for years, and, even if a most tasty morsel at the moment, this one promises great things with age and comes with our strongest urgings for patience.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard is a little closed to begin, offering subtle tar and roses suggestions over notes of black cherries, mulberries, lavender and forest floor. The medium-bodied palate gives beautiful freshness, with a satiny texture and wonderful energy. Rating: 92(+) Points.
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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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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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