Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label

Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir 2008

  • WE94
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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Usually this vineyard produces a more feminine wine, but the 2008 version is a bit bigger. Multifaceted aromas of wild blackberries and raspberries, sweet roses, citrus blossom, Asian spice, green tea and toffee. In the mouth, rich dark red fruits burst out with a nice balance of acidity, black truffle, dried spices and mineral. The ripe, somewhat masculine tasting tannins are balanced by the concentration of fruit and a long juicy finish. A bigger than usual wine with immense ageing potential.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Tough, acidic and tight in youth, offering little in the way of richness. So tart, so minerally, so dry. A wine that demands time in the cellar. Should reward the patient after six years or so, to allow things to resolve so the cherry, cranberry and rhubarb flavors can transmogrify. It would not be surprising for this wine to develop bottle nuance for well more than a decade.
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BH 90
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A more restrained but extremely pretty and well-layered nose speaks of mostly red berry fruits but there are notes of spice and blue berry as well. The rich, round and suave medium weight flavors possess fine volume and plenty of mouth coating dry extract that buffers the moderately firm tannins on the mildly tangy finish. I suspect that the tanginess will dissipate as this ages as there is sufficient underlying material to support that.
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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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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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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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