2011 Williams Selyem "Precious Mountain Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1164486 97 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Cellar Selection** Williams Selyem expresses the intricacies of this vineyard with more consistency than any other winery. This remarkably intellectual, ageworthy wine is bone dry, with marked acidity and complexity. The flavors range from wild cherries, cola and balsam to raspberry tart and buttered cinnamon toast. Its complexity is like a mandala, increasing in beauty the longer one examines it. A softly tannic bitterness lingers on the finish; drink 2019–2030.  (2/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of red and dark berries, smoky herbs and potpourri, with touches of vanilla and cola. Zesty black raspberry and candied cherry flavors pick up a spicy quality in the mid-palate, along with slow-building sweetness. Taut but nicely concentrated, with excellent finishing clarity and sneaky, fine-grained tannins contributing shape and grip. (ST)  (5/2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

 A little held back in the nose relative to a good many of its more outgoing mates with slowly revealed elements of dried herbs, spice and stones in league with its equally slow-to-show fruit, this one tips ever so slightly to sturdiness, and it has the feel of a wine that wants to age. It is sufficiently deep and balanced to win the nod as wine worth waiting on, and, if perhaps never as pristine or pretty as some, it will have more to say several years hence.  (2/2014)


 Sweet roses, dried cherries and mint emerge from the glass in the 2011 Pinot Noir Precious Mountain Vineyard. Here the style is floral and quite lifted, with lovely brightness and finesse. The wine's mid-weight structure suggests it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Autumn leaves, spices and worn-in leather linger on a finish that is fragile and a touch fleeting. (AG)  (2/2014)

Wine Spectator

 This medium-weight version is marked by vivid, vibrant raspberry, blackberry and wild berry flavors, fresh and snappy, ending with gripping, fine-grained tannins and a scent of mint and dried herb. Drink now through 2024. (Web-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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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).