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2013 Williams Selyem "Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1218951 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 It's easy to appreciate this wine's generous, almost jammy aromas. They're followed by spicy, concentrated black-cherry flavors backed by firm acidity and lots of fine-grained tannins. This wine, from a vineyard owned by Williams-Selyem co-founder Burt Williams, tastes terrific now, but will show more complexity with time. *Cellar Selection* (JG)  (5/2016)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Among the prettier and most polished of the very fine Williams Selyem lot and already showing a good deal of layered complexity, this beautifully crafted composition is charged with emphatic, very deep, cherryish fruit with highlights of flowers, crème brûlée and sweet spice and, while far from being a lightweight, is especially graceful and lithe in feel. It is hard to resist now, but a few years of patience will be rewarded with a singularly distinctive wine that is as elegant as it is so very rich.  (2/2016)

92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Burt Williams’ Morning Dew Ranch offers an attractive interplay of dense dark fruit and more savory, earthy notes that lurk beneath. Tobacco, menthol, incense and smoke contribute to the wine's dark, virile personality. The 2013 could use another year or more in bottle, but I expect it will always remain rather brooding in personality. (AG)  (8/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the founder, the 2013 Pinot Noir Burt William's Morning Dew Ranch from Anderson Valley has a deep ruby/plum color, sweet black cherry fruit, some forest floor and earth. There is a hint of blue fruit, but not nearly as dominant as in the Ferrington Vineyard. This medium-bodied, crisp, tart wine should drink nicely for 10-15 years. 90+ points. (RP)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Superb stemmy perfume and pure fruit. Edgy with brushing tannin and zippy acid. Not so confident as many, and much the better for it! 17.5/20 points (RH)  (2/2016)

Wine Spectator

 An edgy youngster, with chunky raspberry, wild berry, savory herb, dusty earth and anise flavors, this will benefit from short-term cellaring. (JL)  (6/2016)

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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.