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2007 Williams Selyem "Allen Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1144789 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Super-rich, a fat, opulent Chard that tastes almost as sweet as a dessert, except it’s dry. Shows massive flavors of Meyer lemon custard, minerals, pear tart, buttered toast, butterscotch, smoky pie crust and honey, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. Lush and gorgeous.  (8/2009)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The light straw-colored 2007 Chardonnay Allen Vineyard exhibits a gorgeous bouquet of subtle pineapple, white peach, and honey along with terrific minerality, very good acidity, loads of concentration, and a beautiful, fresh, lively finish. (RP)  (2/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Green-gold color. Fresh citrus and apple aromas are complicated by smoky minerals and dried flowers. Broad and fleshy in texture but at the same time lively, offering zesty Meyer lemon and orange flavors and a late note of pear skin. Manages to be both rich and vibrant, with excellent finishing cut and spicy persistence. (ST)  (6/2009)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Oak leads this young wine with scents of malt and bittersweet caramel, the toasty butterscotch flavors balancing brighter acidity. A broad style for seared scallops.  (8/2009)

Wine Spectator

 Elegantly styled, trim and understated, showing pithy, leesy citrus and green apple flavors that are a bit raw, but this holds together, ending with a floral, spicy accent. (JL, Web-2010)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.
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 Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.