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2001 Williams Selyem "Ferrington" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1027645 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Williams-Selyem’s 2001 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard exhibits a lovely nose of raspberries and blueberries in its medium-bodied, elegant, stylish, pure personality. Wild mountain fruit characteristics are supported by a well-defined wine offering a hint of minerals, good sweetness, firm tannin, and decent acidity ... All things considered, 2001 and 2002 are the finest back-to-back vintages I have tasted from Williams-Selyem. (RP)  (12/2003)

90 points Vinous

 Good medium ruby. Wild aromas of cherry jello, game and espresso, lifted by a floral topnote. Then dense and thick in the mouth, but with high-pitched cherry jello flavor and lovely definition and brightness. This offers very good depth of fruit. Finishes with dusty tannins and spicy oak that's nicely supported by the wine's material. (ST)  (5/2003)

Wine Enthusiast

 Seems like a textbook Pinot from this appellation, with its jammy, forward cherry and raspberry scent enriched with mocha and hints of dried herbs and dust. It’s very big in the mouth, a sunburst of cherry flavors wrapped in fairly heavy tannins.  (5/2004)

Wine Spectator

 Pretty floral, plum and cherry aromas lead to a lean, balanced, understated style, with touches of fresh earth and mineral, showing firm tannins on the finish. (JL)  (3/2004)

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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.


- 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.
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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.