2005 Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1033224 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* The second of the winery's two very inviting values, the Central Coast bottling marries lots of ripe, black-cherry fruit with a like-minded measure of very rich oak. It fleshy and full on the palate with a slightly firmer feel at the finish, and, like the very best of its clan, it has an uncommon sense of fruity stamina that is the hallmark of an ageworthy wine.  (6/2007)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Light and elegant, this polished Pinot is for early drinking. Bone dry and crisply acidic, the wine has the silky delicacy of the variety, with cherry, raspberry, tea, rose petal, cola and woodspice flavors, and a slightly astringent finish of finely ground tannins.  (8/2007)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Elegant red berry and woodsmoke scents, with a light hint of baking spices. Fresh and light, with bright strawberry and redcurrant flavors, gentle tannins and a persistent, spicy finish. (ST)  (5/2007)

Wine Spectator

 Spice, anise and dried cherry aromas turn tight on the palate, but there's good depth and focus. (Web Only--2007)

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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