2013 Williams Selyem "Calegari Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1218941 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Woody, herbal and resplendent in forest-floor pine and sandalwood, this is a complex, earthy and medium-bodied wine. It's low in oak, and revelatory in cool-climate seductions of pomegranate, cranberry and rhubarb compote. The finish is all black tea, with still-developing tannin structure and power. (VB)  (5/2016)

92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Calegari Vineyard is bold and juicy to the core, yet also has terrific supporting structure to balance things out. Super-ripe raspberry, rose petal and tobacco notes give the wine its racy, succulent personality. The Calegari fleshes out nicely on the mid-palate and finish, where the wine shows striking vertical depth. This is very nicely done. (AG)  (8/2016)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is a vaguely liqueur-like quality to the essence of red cherry and dark raspberry suffused nose that evidences a background nuance of menthol. The suave, round and seductively textured medium weight flavors possess solid mid-palate density while offering reasonably good depth and persistence on the balanced and sappy finish. Note that while this should be capable of rewarding mid-term cellaring it is sufficiently forward such that it could also be enjoyed young. Drink: 2019+ *Outstanding*  (4/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for the 2013 Pinot Noir Calegari Vineyard, this is a deeply hued, dark ruby/purple Pinot Noir. It shows wonderfully sweet raspberry and cherry fruit, some attractive minerality, medium to full body, and outstanding purity and depth. It is another impressive effort from Williams Selyem to drink over the next decade. (RP)  (3/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Bright and lively, with a zesty mix of spicy, delicate cherry and raspberry notes, shaded by lightly smoky, toasty oak. Ends with a long, clean, elegant aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. (JL)  (6/2016)

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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 Sp├Ątburgunder 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 Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.