2001 Williams Selyem "Coastlands Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1033182 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The brilliant 2001 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard (planted with the Martini clone, Dijon clones and the well-known Oregon clone known as Wadensvil) is a rich, Volnay-like effort. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied a sumptuous bouquet of juicy black fruits intermixed with earth, wood, and flowers. Pure, vibrant, and medium to full-bodied, it should drink well for 7-8 years. All things considered, 2001 and 2002 are the finest back-to-back vintages I have tasted from Williams-Selyem.  (12/2003)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Very high-toned, ripe pinot fruit aromas with moderate oak nuances merge into spicy, supple, nicely detailed flavors that possess a sweet, round and persistent finish. This is a pretty effort and while there isn't much complexity at the moment, there is balance and enough underlying material that it may very well develop with a few more years in the bottle.  (7/2004)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby-red. Perfumed, precise aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, cassis and violet; an essence of Sonoma Coast pinot. Then juicy and urgent but tightly wound, with notes of cola and spice. A rather powerful, oaky, slightly aggressive wine, finishing with big but sweet tannins and good length. The large crop level of the vintage may have had the effect of softening the tannins, but the wine does not quite deliver in the mouth what it promises on the nose.  (6/2003)

Wine Enthusiast

 From a chillier part of the appellation, a wine that struggled to get ripe. Smells of mint and menthol, with cedar, Asian spice and coffee nuances. In the mouth, it’s bone dry. Not a fruit-driven Pinot, but interesting for the interplay of acids and tannins.  (5/2004)

Wine Spectator

 Very complete, with a fresh array of earth, mineral, black cherry, plum and a hint of mocha, displaying a tight focus, revealing extra flavor facets that show depth and richness.  (3/2004)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).