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2009 Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1129267 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 So good, you want to drain the bottle and ask for a second. With a silky texture and clean, vibrant acidity, its flavors range from wild cherries and raspberries to root beer and licorice and bacon, with a plethora of Indian spices. The touch of oak is smoky and deft.  (8/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Sexy aromas of strawberry and raspberry are complicated by subtle cola and rose nuances, along with mounting spiciness. Tangy red fruit flavors gain depth and sweetness with air, taking a turn toward cherry preserve and spicecake, with silky tannins adding shape. This very nicely focused, taut wine finishes with excellent thrust and persistent spiciness. Cabral said ruefully that "people will drink this too young, as usual, simply because it isn't vineyard-designated." (ST)  (6/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This spicy Pinot delivers black cherry, plum and raspberry notes. This is medium- to full-bodied, and delicate, with silky tannins and a long, pure finish that's quite attractive. Drink now through 2018. (JL)  (10/2011)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is aromatically similar to the Westside Road with nicely rounded but well-detailed medium weight flavors that conclude in a balanced and admirably persistent finish. This restrained and poised effort is presently on the serious and somber side but should age well. Lovely.  (10/2011)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 This one is nominally a little lower in alcohol than its mates above, but it does not lack for richness and concentration in its aromas where ripe red cherry and raspberry fruit join with an attractive overly of crème brûlée oak. Supple on the palate and somewhat round in its early palatal feel, this one takes a half step back in volume and invites nearer term drinking. It can grow with a few years in bottle but does not demand it. *One Star*  (6/2011)

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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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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).