2002 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1040692 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the smaller Williams-Selyem cuvees is the 266-case 2002 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain. One of the strongest efforts in this portfolio, it reveals some tightness/restraint on the aromatics, but with airing, considerable nuances develop. A dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by elegant raspberry, rose petal, strawberry, and scorched earth scents, and medium bodied flavors with tremendous elegance, purity, and depth. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (2/2005)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Wonderful balance and purity of flavor, with pretty scents of rose petal, blackberry, raspberry, fresh earth and a touch of nutmeg from oak. This wine combines elegance and finesse with ripe, vivid yet delicate flavors that caress on the finish.  (8/2004)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Recommended* This is a step up in ripeness compared to the Allen yet it remains elegant, expressive and deep with lovely spice notes that are almost as complex that complement the intensely, seductively textured and quite fine middle weight flavors that possess plenty of persistence and finishing velvet. This isn't quite as well balanced and there is a touch, but only a touch, of backend warmth. Lovely stuff and recommended.  (7/2005)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* As rich and well-fruited in the nose as any of the Williams Selyem wines, this bottling is fairly emphatic in its ripeness and very rich oak. Like most of its accomplished siblings, it is a big, deep, relatively full-bodied offering with plenty of mass and muscle and a generous measure of sweet cherries, and, but for an edge of dryness to its slightly coarse finish, it would easily win a second star.  (2/2005)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated medium ruby. Strong wild berry aromas complicated by mocha and white chocolate. Juicy, superconcentrated and powerful, in a tightly wound, rather musclebound style. Finishes with substantial tannic clout. This will need time in bottle and may ultimately merit an even higher score. (ST)  (5/2004)

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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).