2013 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1209204 91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Here, again, is an altogether splendid Pinot that belies any notion that only those wines sourced from a single vineyard can perform at the highest levels, and it features wonderfully keen and clear, ripe cherry fruit set against subtle notes of minerals and sweet spice. It is at once concentrated and neatly proportioned with a lengthy, properly firm finish, and, while impressing now with its measured richness, it will age famously and is guaranteed to last for a good many years.  (6/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A full-bodied blend from different vineyard sites, this wine celebrates darker, denser aspects of black cherry and cranberry alongside a savory, herbal component that persists on the palate, finished up by a mouthwatering mix of orange and chocolate. Complex and robust in tannin, it needs time to breathe before being enjoyed. (VB)  (10/2015)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An expressive nose mixes both upper and lower register fruit aromas that include notes of cranberry, cherry, raspberry with dark currant, plum and violet. There is the same lovely mouth feel that is at once supple yet reasonably well-detailed, all wrapped in a seductively textured, focused and solidly persistent finish. I very much like the depth and about the only nit is a hint of backend warmth. Like the Russian River Valley, while this could certainly be enjoyed now I would be inclined to hold it for at least 3 to 5 years to allow more depth to develop. Worth considering.  (4/2015)


 The 2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is the most inward of the three appellation-level Pinots I tasted. Expressive floral notes meld into sweet red cherries, chalk, mint and white flowers in a high-toned, taut Pinot...(AG)  (5/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Clean, pure and snappy, offering an elegant mix of ripe plum, cherry and spice notes that pick up a touch of raspberry and cranberry. (JL, Web-2015)

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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).
Alcohol Content (%): 14