2004 Williams Selyem "Bucher Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1051544 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Young and closed now, this is a terrific Pinot, stuffed with major league blackberry, cherry and cola fruit, and so balanced and rich. The tannins are there, the acidity, the bigtime oak, and it all comes together in a complex finish. Fine now, if you decant for a few hours, or hold for 10 years.  (3/2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Perfumed nose combines spices, rose petal, mocha, underbrush, minerals and earth. Fat, lush and sweet; creamy but with shape. Dominant flavors of spices, white pepper and forest floor. Attractive, spicy wine, and better than the 2003 version.  (5/2006)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Bucher Vineyard, which is a hillside vineyard on Westside Road planted with Dijon clones 115, 667, and the older Pommard clone, seems to follow the same formula as the Westside Road Neighbors – lots of acid, sweet and sour cherries intermixed with smoke, underbrush, and pomegranate. (RP)  (12/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Firm, intense and vibrant, with a beam of black cherry and raspberry fruit that's focused and persistent, ending with a minerally edge. Drink now through 2010. 375 cases made.  (5/2007)

K&L Notes

Williams-Selyem hardly needs an introduction. This ever-popular winery from the Russian River Valley has an incredible selection of single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The 2004 vintage was made by winemaker Bob Cabral. The Bucher Vineyard is mostly Dijon Clones planted in gravelly loam.

Share |
Price: $59.99
Quantity:

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen is in stock, and there is inventory in our main warehouse. Below is the Below is the current quantity on hand information for this product within our database. It is never more than five minutes old. Additionally, our shopping cart looks at real time inventory so when you add an item to you cart we will do an immediate check of available inventory and alert you if there are any issues.

Location Qty
Main Warehouse: 2
Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.