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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard 2012 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard 2012 Red California Wine
92 Points from International Wine Cellar!

"Deep, rich elements of blackberry and black cherry comingle with hints of lavender, nutmeg, allspice and sandalwood in this second offering from the Foss Vineyard. While plush and round on the palate, the fresh acidity carries on through the mid-palate and gives length to the wine's chocolaty tannings. Vanilla and baking spices complete the profile of this wonderfully rich wine." -- Williams Selyem
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard 2013 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard 2013 Red California Wine

Winemaker's Notes Notes of earth, black cherry and cherry pit lead on the nose in this elegant offering. Rooibos tea and cedar notes further add to its complexity. Very round at the entry, the Foss site provides for a supple, polished tannin structure and the finish lingers on with a medley of bergamot citrus peel and dusty cocoa powder notes.

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard 2014 Red California Wine 750 mL
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard 2014 Red California Wine 750 mL

92 Vinous Media August 2016

"The 2014 Pinot Noir Foss Vineyard is one of the most linear and focused of the Russian River Pinots in this lineup. There is no shortage of depth or overall intensity, but the Foss is a wine that emphasizes persistence over the more exuberant style that is often found in the Russian River. Bright red cherry, pomegranate, chalk, white flowers and mint lead into the powerful driving finish. I would give the 2014 another year or two for the tannins to unwind a bit." -Antonio Galloni

Winemaker's Notes Notes of earth, black cherry and cherry pit lead on the nose in this elegant offering. Rooibos tea and cedar notes further add to its complexity. Very round at the entry, the Foss site provides for a supple, polished tannin structure and the finish lingers on with a medley of bergamot citrus peel and dusty cocoa powder notes.

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Olivet Lane 2012 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Olivet Lane 2012 Red California Wine
"For those of you who have been purchasing wines from us for over 15 years, this wine is like an old friend! This vineyard was planted in 1975 to a Martini selection of Pinot Noir that produces a classic Russian River Valley wine. The vibrant aromas fill your glass with cherries, raspberries, rose petal, fresh spices and white truffles. Your mouth will explode with a zesty raspberry and candied cherry flavors, accentuated by the taste of rich caramel, fresh cardamom, truffles and hints of lavender. Vibrant acidity helps this wine display an impressive clarity and energy on the long fruit-filled finish. The 2012 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir would pair extremely well with duck confit with lentils and pork belly." -The Winery
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard 2009 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard 2009 Red California Wine
Extremely Limited, 2 Bottles in Stock!
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"Very similar to the 2003 vintage with aromas of raspberry, black cherries, sage, roasted vanilla beans and cappuccino. The smallish crop on the Sonoma Coast in 2009 concentrated the supple tannins and fills your mouth with flavors of wild berries, citrus zest, dark chocolate, sweet spices and mineral. An extremely expressive and rich wine that will develop well with time." -Winemaker Bob Cabral

93 Points - International Wine Cellar, May/June 2011
"Glass-staining ruby. Seductively scented, expansive bouquet of smoky blackberry, boysenberry and resinous herbs. Cola and vanilla qualities gain power with aeration and carry onto the palate, which features sappy dark berry and candied cherry flavors. Tannins build slowly with air but not at the expense of the densely packed fruit. Impressively juicy and concentrated pinot with outstanding thrust and cling. As much as I admire the power and depth of this wine, I have a slight preference for the litheness of the Hirsch right now. It would be a treat to be able to compare them down the road." -Josh Raynolds
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard 2011 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard 2011 Red California Wine

2 bottles  Not Discountable

93 points International Wine cellar May/June 2013
2011 Williams-Selyem Winery Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Dark ruby.  Pungent aromas of black raspberry, cherry pit and sassafras, with an exotic touch of Indian spices building with air.  Broad and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering taut dark fruit flavors that gain sweetness with air.  Shows impressive clarity and energy on the clinging finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a sweet touch of cola.

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River 2016 Red California Wine 750 ml
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River 2016 Red California Wine 750 ml

Winemaker’s Notes

The beautiful garnet color of this wine is alluring. Prototypical in its aromatic profile, the 2016 Russian River Valley leads with dried rose petals, potpourri, red cherry, raspberry, and notes of Ceylon tea. Additional aromas of dried orange peel studded with cloves mix with vanilla bean and cedar shavings to perfectly compliment the primary fruit characteristics. Robust and rich on the tongue, the wine seems to fill every square inch of the palate. Flavors of maraschino cherry, ripe berries, and dried herbs combine to make a powerful flavor profile. The tannins are quite refined and convey a sense of sap and tenacity. Another excellent wine from a great growing region!

The Vineyards

The Pinot Noir for this blend was sourced primarily from the Bacigalupi Vineyard, our Drake Estate Vineyard, and our Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard.

Harvest 2016

The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process.

Harvest started with pleasant weather on August 10 in the Middle Reach Neighborhood vineyards (Westside Road). Weather in late August cooled, and by early September temperatures warmed up and dry conditions prevailed. The result was our core harvest was completed under ideal conditions by end of September.

Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2009 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2009 Red California Wine
Extremely Limited, 3 Bottles in Stock!
No discounts!

93 Points - International Wine Cellar, May/June 2011
"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." -Josh Raynolds
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2010 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2010 Red California Wine
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91 Points - International Wine Cellar, May 2012
"Bright red. Very pure, lively aromas of black raspberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense, spicy and sweet but almost weightless, offering nuanced flavors of dark berries and flowers complicated by bitter chocolate and woodsmoke. The persistent, floral-tinged finish features silky, fine-grained tannins and very good energy." -Josh Raynolds
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014 Red California Wine

Extremely Limited! No Discounts!

Winemaker’s Notes

 

Highlighted by dark cherry aromas with hints of bramble and underbrush, the 2014 Sonoma Coast offers a full gamut of fruit and savory notes. Crushed rocks and pencil shavings further add to the overall complexity. The texture in the mouth is compelling with a nice interplay of acidity and mouth-filling tannins. Flavors of black cherry and pomegranate are juxtaposed with hints of toasted walnut and bergamot. The palate is punctuated by cherry pit and a lovely floral lift, leaving a lasting impression in the mouth. Please make sure to hold onto a few bottles for the long haul.

The Vineyards

 

The Pinot Noir for this blend was sourced from the Hirsch Vineyard, the Coastlands Vineyard and our Drake Estate Vineyard.

Harvest 2014

 

Continuing the string of great vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of extremely high quality growing seasons. The 2014s exhibit a great purity of place, with generous fruit and elegant textures. The 2014 growing season started out as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of normal rainfall by mid-season. Due to the extremely dry conditions over the winter months, many of the vineyards were irrigated in December and January to ensure the vines had enough moisture, effectively mimicking winter rainfall. It was another early bud break season; almost 14 days earlier than “normal.” When rain in early April finally appeared it helped replenish the soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants and boost growth. May brought flowering, as expected, and fruit set was bountiful overall for a third straight year. The harvest season was near perfect with warm temperatures, which allowed for a leisurely picking schedule. 2014 was a wonderful growing season that has yielded another fine set of wines that speak of the place. In short, 2014 is another superb vintage of compelling nature and should allow for long-range cellaring for those to choose to age their wines for 7- 10 years.

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