2012 Williams Selyem "Ferrington Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1174337 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Just beautiful, this wine combines spicy, arresting aromas, vivid, bright cherry and raspberry flavors, an electric mouthfeel and bracing texture. All nerve and muscle, and no fat, it is vibrant in acidity, with firm tannins that support the enticing fruit flavors. Virtually irresistible now, this will gain complexity through at least 2022. *Cellar Selection* (JG)  (3/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Bright ruby. Intense, smoke-accented aromas of red and dark berries, potpourri and incense, with a lively mineral nuance adding loft. Stains the palate with sappy black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are given lift by juicy acidity. The floral note repeats on the finish, with silky, building tannins harmonizing nicely with the wine's energetic fruit. On the exotic side and drinking extremely well already. (ST)  (5/2014)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A somber and reserved nose plays right on the edge of reduction and I would suggest decanting this for 20+ minutes if you're tempted to try a bottle upon release. To be clear, this is not reduced in the true sense of the term but the fruit is compressed. There is both good volume and verve to the delicious and admirably concentrated flavors where the supporting tannic spine is well-integrated on the balanced, dusty, firm, complex and lingering finish. This is one of the more robust and muscular wines in the range and should clearly benefit from extended bottle aging; indeed it will need at least 5 years or so just to unwind as it's quite tight at the moment.  (4/2015)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 A little more explicit in oak and ever so slightly riper in expression, this supple, moderately full-bodied offering is among the broader and more immediately accessible Pinots on the latest Williams Selyem roster. That is not to say that it in any way suffers from an absence of acid, and it is, in fact, very tasty and comfortably balanced, but it is rounded and softer in a way that invites earlier drinking than some of its tighter, more firmly built cellarmates.  (10/2014)

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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 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.

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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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.