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Verite Le Desir 2007 Red California Wine
Verite Le Desir 2007 Red California Wine
100 Points - Wine Advocate, June 2011
"A profound blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec, with 56% of the fruit from Chalk Hill, 26% from the Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, 14% from Knight's Valley and 4% from Bennett Valley, the 2007 is a wine of unbelievable intensity. It boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as notes of acacia flowers, graphite, licorice, blackberries, blueberries and a hint of burning embers/charcoal, superb intensity and purity, and abundant tannin in the finish. This massive wine needs 5-6 more years of bottle age, and is meant for 35-40 years of cellaring." -Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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Williams Selyem Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Red California Wine 750 mL
Williams Selyem Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Red California Wine 750 mL

93 Vinous Media August 2016

"Black cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and licorice are all pushed front and center in the 2014 Pinot Noir Calegari Vineyard. Dark, powerful and dense, the 2014 offers notable depth and richness. Even so, there is an unrestrained wildness to the 2014 that is only likely to become more prominent with the passage of time. The virile tannins could use another year or two in bottle to soften. This is one of the more eccentric wines in the range, yet all the elements are nicely balanced throughout. The Calegari also feels like the ripest wine in the range." -Antonio Galloni

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard 2011 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard 2011 Red California Wine

2 bottles Not Discontable

93 points International Wine cellar May/June 2013 2011

Williams-Selyem Winery Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard Russian River Valley Bright ruby.

Black raspberry, cherry-cola and fresh flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy, nicely concentrated red fruit preserve flavors are braced by gentle acidity and complicated by a candied floral quality. Becomes weightier in the glass while maintaining its vibrancy, finishing sweet and long, with persistent florality. Very sexy already but this pinot is balanced to reward at least mid-term aging.

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard 2012 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard 2012 Red California Wine
94 Points from International Wine Cellar!

"The 2012 Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir is another blockbuster wine. Aromas and flavors of strawberry and red cherry are lifted with lively notes of fresh roses. Round at the entry, the tannins build on the palate and finish with notes of pencil lead and mineral." -- Williams Selyem
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard 2013 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard 2013 Red California Wine
Winemaker's Notes:
Juicy strawberry and black cherry are complemented perfectly with citrus and creamy vanilla elements. Complex notes of cinnamon, crushed rocks and earthy tea add to the elegant nose that is Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir. Red flowers and red cherry provide an immediate lift in the mouth, which give way to highly polished tannins and an Oolong tea feel. This wine has a staying power that lingers on and on. The old vines on this site produce an incredible concentration on the nose and palate, which is unparalleled.
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard 2011 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard 2011 Red California Wine

91 points International Wine cellar May/June 2013
2011 Williams-Selyem Winery Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley

Bright ruby.  Spicy cherry and currant aromas, with Indian spice and mineral qualities building and expanding with air.  Sappy and fresh, offering dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of dark chocolate.  A floral note comes up on the focused, chewy finish, which leaves a smoky note behind.

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard 2012 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard 2012 Red California Wine
94 Points from International Wine Cellar!

"Located in the far end of the Anderson Valley, referred to as the "deep end", Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch sits in an ideal cool climate location for Pinot Noir. This is a highly expressive wine, rich in aromatics with notes of pomegranate, orange, allspice and vanilla. Additional layers of ginger, pencil lead and minerals complete the intense profile. Round and supple in the mouth, the seamless acidity carries the flavors and the fine grained tannins effortlessly into the long finish. This is another impressive vintage from Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch, which will improve with an additional 7-10 years of aging." -- Williams Selyem
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard 2013 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard 2013 Red California Wine
Winemaker's Notes
Explosive aromatics of black cherry, pomegranate and elderberry immediately emerge from the glass, while subtle touches of mandarin orange and vanilla keep the nose fresh. A surprising note of nectarine further adds to the complex aroma. Fleshy on the palate, there is weight without heaviness, owing to the balanced acidity. In the mouth, minerals and finely textured tannin seem to cling to the palate and finish with a spicy cherry pit impression. Again, patience is required in this glorious effort.
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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard 2014 Red California Wine 750 mL
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard 2014 Red California Wine 750 mL

93 Vinous Media August 2016

"The 2014 Pinot Noir Burt Williams’ Morning Dew Ranch brings together the depth and raciness that is typical of Anderson Valley with soaring aromatics that add nuance. Sweet tobacco, spice, herb, crushed flowers and dark stone fruits abound in an expressive, beautifully layered Pinot endowed with tons of class and nuance. Next to the Ferrington, Williams-Selyem's other Anderson Valley Pinot, the Morning Dew is more savory and earth-driven in profile. -Antonio Galloni

The Vineyard "This 40-acre property in the “deep end” of the Anderson Valley has 13 acres planted to Pinot Noir. In 2000, the land was cleared and planted to cuttings from the Rochioli vineyard, DRC suitcase selections from adjacent vineyards, clone 23, and Dijon clones 115, 777 and 828. The vineyard has Franciscan soils, clay underlain with sandstone." - The Winery

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Centeral Coast 2014 Red California Wine
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Centeral Coast 2014 Red California Wine

Extremely Limited! No Discounts!

Winemaker’s Notes

On the nose, the Central Coast is quite reticent at first but opens up with elements of plum and hoisin sauce. With some air, notes of black cherry and pomegranate emerge from the glass with a subtle lift of cocoa powder and vanilla bean. The palate bursts with cherry and plum flavors. The weight on the mid-palate gives way to the prototypical chalky, mineral flavor profile of wines from this site. The wine finishes with a wonderful cherry pit and coffee bean impression. The 2014 is a sensational offering that can be enjoyed in the near term.

The Vineyard

100% Vista Verde Vineyard, located a couple miles south-east of Hollister, California, near the small town of Tres Pinos in San Benito County. This heavy limestone vineyard is separated into nine blocks that include clones such as Pommard, Calera, Canada, 667, Mt. Eden, and Swan.

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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