2011 Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1157425 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 The most obviously ripened of the current William Selyem lot and a wine of real fruity muscle, the Central Coast bottling is an ample Pinot Noir whose essential themes of varietal cherries are in no way compromised by its extra substance and minor heat. It may finish with a bit of youthful stiffness, but it has plenty of flesh on its bones, and, while it will serve well with heartier red meats in the near term, it is a wine worth putting away for as many as four or five years.  (6/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. Fresh redcurrant and cherry on the nose, complicated by spice and floral elements. Juicy, vibrant red fruit and floral pastille flavors show good depth, with bright acidity adding clarity and lift. Aeration brings up deeper blackberry and anise notes that carry through a spicy, persistent finish. (ST)  (7/2013)

Wine & Spirits

 A posh, ripe Pinot Noir with edges of char and cola, this has a spiciness that would suit Vietnamese-style barbeque pork.  (10/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 A little heavy and syrupy, especially for Williams Selyem, but it’s utterly delicious in blackberry jam and root beer flavors that finish soft and sweet, yet tart. Very easy to polish off the whole bottle over a great steak.  (7/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Elegantly styled, with delicate raspberry, plum and crushed rock. Ends with fine-grained tannins that lend a pleasant grip to the finish. Drink now through 2017. (JL)  (7/2013)

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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.


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