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Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
  • ST93
  • W&S92
  • WS91
  • CG90
  • BH90
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Winemaker Notes

Fresh and vibrant aromas of cappuccino, wild berries, exotic spices and cardamom emanate classic pinot noir characteristics from this part of the "true" Coast. Your mouth will burst with flavors of ripe wild blackberries, fennel, mocha, strawberry/rhubarb pie and crème brûlée. Powerful, yet fleshy tannins balance with the matured berry flavors along with racy acidity. The long, rich finish gives way to a slight hint of mint and citrus. A wonderful wine to age for 3-5 years.

Critical Acclaim

ST 93
International Wine Cellar

Bright ruby. Heady, expansive bouquet of raspberry compote, cherry-vanilla and gingerbread, with notes of white pepper and licorice in the background. Smooth and fleshy in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and nuances of candied flowers and herbs. Pretty hefty but by no means thick--in fact this is pretty lithe. Finishes with very good clarity and smoky, floral persistence.

W&S 92
Wine & Spirits

Bright in both color and flavor, this is a bold and juicy, red-fruited pinot noir. Savory notes of fresh porcini and foresty, root-like scents add complexity to the finish. Layered and fine, this is accessible now for a roast and will benefit from bottle age.

WS 91
Wine Spectator

This spicy Pinot delivers black cherry, plum and raspberry notes. This is medium- to full-bodied, and delicate, with silky tannins and a long, pure finish that's quite attractive. Drink now through 2018. 1,186 cases made.

CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide

This one is nominally a little lower in alcohol than its mates above, but it does not lack for richness and concentration in its aromas where ripe red cherry and raspberry fruit join with an attractive overly of crème brûlée oak. Supple on the palate and somewhat round in its early palatal feel, this one takes a half step back in volume and invites nearer term drinking. It can grow with a few years in bottle but does not demand it.

BH 90

This is aromatically similar to the Westside Road with nicely rounded but welldetailed medium weight flavors that conclude in a balanced and admirably persistent finish. This restrained and poised effort is presently on the serious and somber side but should age well. Lovely.

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Williams Selyem Winery , , California
Williams Selyem
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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