2007 Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir

SKU #1051262 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Energetic red and dark berry scents, with suave notes of potpourri and smoky minerals adding complexity. Deep black raspberry and cherry flavors are firmed by silky tannins and gain sweetness and spiciness with air. The mineral quality lingers impressively on the long, juicy finish, which leaves a sweet red berry note behind. Livelier than the Central Coast bottling, and drinking very well now. (ST)  (5/2009)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Intimating a tilt towards ripeness in its aromas but much more restrained than that on the palate, this wine finds itself focused on fairly compact red cherry fruit at first sniff with notes of dried flowers and raspberries showing up upon closer inspection. It is medium-full-bodied and trim in balance with pleasant, youthfully tight fruit at all stops.  (6/2009)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 The spicy red fruit is on edge when first poured, but this wine settles down with air, yielding scents of a coastal redwood forest. It's cool and tangy, a light-bodied Pinot with a hint of green. Serve it with juniper roast pork.  (8/2009)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too is aromatically fresh, pretty and admirably pure with classic red Pinot fruit aromas that complement perfectly the vibrant, delicious and focused middle weight flavors that possess a beguiling mouth feel, all wrapped in a moderately more complex and slightly longer finish.  (10/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium ruby-colored 2007 Pinot Noir Sonoma exhibits more strawberry rhubarb, pomegranate, and spice characteristics, tart, crisp acids, medium body, and a pleasant, clean finish. (RP)  (2/2010)

Wine Enthusiast

 A little direct, but very pleasant. Silky and light in the mouth, it shows easy flavors of cola, cherries, roasted almonds and caramel.  (9/2009)

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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).