2011 Williams Selyem "Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1141198 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. High-pitched aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri and Asian spices, with a smoky mineral nuance emerging with air. Tangy and precise, offering vibrant strawberry and bitter chocolate flavors and showing a silky, seamless texture. Combines power with finesse and finishes with excellent clarity, lift and length. Bob Cabral told me that the yield from this vineyard in 2011 was only 1 ton per acre. (ST)  (5/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Perfumed and strikingly floral, this soft, seductive Pinot is light in color and body, with handsome layerings of strawberry fruit, Asian spice and suggestions of just-unearthed mushrooms or a newly minted Christmas wreath. On the finish, a touch of vanilla-tinged oak rounds things out. (VB)  (4/2014)

90 points Vinous

 The 2011 Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch presents a totally different expression of Anderson Valley, most notably in the wine's structure which is broad and imposing. Here the fruit is dark, introspective and deeply spiced. Violets, cloves, licorice, smoke and dark blue/black fruit inform the virile, imposing finish. (AG)  (2/2014)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 This is the second year that Williams Selyem has made a wine from the Anderson Valley vineyard planted by the winery’s founder, Burt Williams. It’s a surprisingly juicy Pinot Noir considering the North Coast’s cool weather in 2011. That coolness comes through as a floral character, while the tannins remain supple and rounded; it’s dangerously easy to drink with a roast chicken.  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and snappy, with vibrant red plum and black cherry notes, floral scents and fine-grained tannins, ending with a cleansing aftertaste that echoes the subtle flavor nuances. Best from 2015 through 2023. (JL, Web Only-2014)

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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.


- 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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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.