Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label

Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir 2006

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This site produced a very complex wine with aromas of wild raspberries, strawberry jam, dried roses, Asian spices, white truffle and smoky toasted vanilla beans. The flavors of ripe berry jam, wild mushrooms and exotic spices are complemented by the richly textured tannins and graceful acidity. This was a classic case of true vine balance in 2006 that has only begun to express how special this vineyard is.

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
This wine is light on the palate, almost airy. The official alcohol reading is under 14%. Yet it packs the power of the world's greatest reds. Wild cherries and raspberries, with impossibly complex mocha, cola, anise, cinnamon and other flavors impossible to describe but endlessly fascinating. Gorgeous now, and should evolve for at least six years.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
From a small, dry-farmed vineyard on a ridge above the fogline near Fort Ross, this far-coast pinot is consistently one of Williams Selyem's top wines. The generous yields in 2006 and the warmth of the summer make this a more languid and saturated pinot than Precious Mountain usually gives, but the bright raspberry-red flavors keep it potent and fresh. That bolt of red is layered with rich bottom notes of earthy tannin and lighter floral hints of strawberries. Delicious with a tuna steak seared rare.
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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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