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Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Notes of raspberry, dried rose petals, and black tea immediately jump fromthe glass. Potpourri notes combine with dried orange peel to add to thewonderful complexity on the nose, while wood spices and anise round outthe aromatics. Flavors of black cherry and smoky herbs come through onthe palate with a strong sensation of black tea and citrus peel. This 2017offering showcases the vintage with a medium-bodied texture and arefined tannin structure, owing to the warm growing season. The grapeswere able to achieve full maturity and maintain fresh fruit aromas andflavors with enough acid to frame the palate. This wine would pair wellwith a cedar plank king salmon with a miso glaze.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Sonoma County's Russian River Valley has often produced some of California's very best Pinot Noirs. The 2017 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is rock-solid good. TASTING NOTES: This wine delivers on all fronts. Its aromas and flavors of ripe red fruits, oak accents, and sweet spices should pair it famously with Rosemary, garlic, and crushed black pepper-accented lamb chops. (Tasted: January 28, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
WE 94
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This is such an impressive appellation-wide blend, combining several vineyard sites into a cohesive whole. Incredibly aromatic in rose and raspberry, the palate brings velvety layers of dark cherry and cinnamon, with integrated acidity keeping the balance.
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck

In the same thread, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley shows classic Russian River fruit (although not much cola) as well as plenty of spice, underbrush, and floral notes. Giving up plenty of wild strawberry and Bing cherry fruit, medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. it has plenty of upfront charm, yet I suspect capable of lasting for 8-10 years.

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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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