2006 Williams-Selyem "Precious Mountain" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1051115 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is light on the palate, almost airy. The official alcohol reading is under 14%. Yet it packs the power of the world’s greatest reds. Wild cherries and raspberries, with impossibly complex mocha, cola, anise, cinnamon and other flavors impossible to describe but endlessly fascinating.  (3/2009)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Utterly compelling bouquet of fresh raspberry, wild strawberry, smoky minerals and fresh flowers. Deeply concentrated red fruit flavors are improbably fresh and focused. This manages to be both powerful and graceful, with slow-building spiciness adding complexity. Tannins creep in on the back end but don't distract from the luscious fruit. This refused to let go of my palate. (ST)  (5/2008)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 From a small, dry-farmed vineyard on a ridge above the fogline near Fort Ross, this far-coast pinot is consistently one of Williams Selyem's top wines. The generous yields in 2006 and the warmth of the summer make this a more languid and saturated pinot than Precious Mountain usually gives, but the bright raspberry-red flavors keep it potent and fresh. That bolt of red is layered with rich bottom notes of earthy tannin and lighter floral hints of strawberries. Delicious with a tuna steak seared rare.  (4/2009)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The nose possesses very impressive aromatic complexity with a lovely mix of both red and blue berry fruit notes, spice hints and a gentle touch of wood toast that does not continue onto the supple, round and vibrant flavors that display good mid-palate density on the slightly dry and tangy finish that does not really detract significantly from the overall sense of balance. We'll see how this turns out but it appears to have the dry extract to round out the finish in time.  (10/2009)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The outstanding 2006 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard has plenty of raspberries, sweet cherries, and good minerality, fresh acids, and ripe tannins in a medium to full-bodied style. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this Pinot Noir evolve well past 10 years. (RP)  (12/2008)

K&L Notes

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is light on the palate, almost airy. The official alcohol reading is under 14%. Yet it packs the power of the world’s greatest reds. Wild cherries and raspberries, with impossibly complex mocha, cola, anise, cinnamon and other flavors impossible to describe but endlessly fascinating. Gorgeous now, and should evolve for at least six years." (03/09) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Utterly compelling bouquet of fresh raspberry, wild strawberry, smoky minerals and fresh flowers. Deeply concentrated red fruit flavors are improbably fresh and focused. This manages to be both powerful and graceful, with slow-building spiciness adding complexity. Tannins creep in on the back end but don't distract from the luscious fruit. This refused to let go of my palate." (May/Jun 08) 90 points Robert Parker: "The outstanding 2006 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard has plenty of raspberries, sweet cherries, and good minerality, fresh acids, and ripe tannins in a medium to full-bodied style. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this Pinot Noir evolve well past 10 years." (12/08)

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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

- 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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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).