2009 Williams Selyem "Coastlands Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1130068 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-red. Brooding, pungent nose suggests black raspberry, cherry-cola and Moroccan spices, along with notes of dried rose and black tea. The palate offers flavors of sappy dark berry compote and candied violet, with a building spiciness. Lots going on here! Finishes with solid grip and excellent persistence, the violet and spice notes emphatically repeating. This should be a slow ager. 93+ (ST)  (6/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This beautiful mix of complex flavors shows smoky, toasty oak accents to the ripe plum and raspberry flavors. Deftly balanced, intense and focused, ending with a mouthwatering minerality. Drink now through 2020. (JL)  (4/2012)

90 points James Suckling

 A balanced and polished wine with aromas of black licorice and light white pepper that follow through to a medium body with deep flavors of plums.  (6/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard is one of the more complete wines from the estate’s collection of Sonoma Coast Pinots. Aromatics, fruit, acidity and tannin are all beautifully integrated in this supple, expressive wine. Layers of dark red fruit build effortlessly to the long finish, where the wine’s underlying minerality is most apparent. (AG)  (2/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 Such are the tannins on this bone-dry Pinot Noir that it feels astringent and rustic now. That’s despite a deep, sweetly ripe core of blackberries and currants. It’s certainly a big wine, packing in enough power for two wines, but lacking somewhat in delicacy and finesse. Give this brooding wine a good, long decant. Could come around after eight years or so in the bottle.  (2/2012)

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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).