Williams Selyem

Founded by Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, the Williams Selyem Winery released its first commercial Pinot Noir in 1981. In 1998, the Russian River Valley winery was purchased by John and Kathe Dyson who have continued to set a standard for Pinot Noir winemaking. Recently, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Williams Selyem’s Executive Winemaker, Bob Cabral, the 2011 Winemaker of the Year. Williams Selyem selects grapes from leading vineyards located in the Central Coast, Mendocino County, Sonoma Coast and the Russian River Valley. Williams Selyem’s wine portfolio includes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, late-harvest Muscat and Gewürztraminer as well as Port-styled bottlings from Touriga National, Tinta Cão and Tinta Madeira. High ratings and Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “Editors’ Choice” designation have been awarded to many of Williams Selyem wines, including the 2006 Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); 2007 Late Harvest Muscat; 2004 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir; and 2004 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast).

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Williams Selyem 2007 Litton Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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A spectacular Pinot Noir, but a very young one, and extremely dry. It’s a wine of great structure, with rich acids and tannins framing extraordinarily complex flavors of grilled cherries, strawberries and raspberries, with complicating notes of cola, pomegranates, orange zest, anise, dusty Asian spices and smoky sandalwood. A truly great Pinot Noir from a great…  — S.H.  (2/1/2010)
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Williams Selyem 2010 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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  1. $75
This expresses the greatness of its vintage and vineyard, offering wave after wave of raspberry and cherry pie flavors, plus notes of red currant, sweet licorice, spicy Dr. Pepper and smoky sandalwood. There’s also something exotically briary and wild that intrigues. Even more remarkable is the texture, an amalgam of acids and tannins that rivals any Pinot Noir…  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
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Williams Selyem 2009 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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A stupendous Pinot Noir, showing how beautifully this vineyard performs in the remote Sonoma Coast above Fort Ross. Williams Selyem’s last few vintages of Precious Mountain have been extraordinary, but this 2009 tops them all. The wine is as light as a feather in the mouth, modest in alcohol and delicately feminine, like pure satin. However, few Pinot Noirs in the…  — S.H.  (2/1/2012)
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Williams Selyem 2010 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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  1. $94
In recent years, Precious Mountain Vineyard has provided Bob Cabral with some of his most glorious fruit. Tremendous in flash and depth, it offers compelling flavors of raspberry and cherry, accented by sweet, smoky oak. There’s such complexity in the acid and tannin structure, and in the earthy, stony, spicy nuances, that you find something new to love with every…  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
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Williams Selyem 2008 Litton Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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This is the best of the winery’s new releases, both for drinking now and for cellaring. Combines power and elegance, with upscale flavors of cherries, currants, cola, rhubarbs, dried herbs and oak, wrapped into devastatingly rich tannins and a perfect touch of acidity. Should age well for 10 years.  — S.H.  (2/1/2011)
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Williams Selyem 2007 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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  1. $90
Ripe and delicious right out of the bottle, although it will age well. Made from a vineyard on the true Sonoma Coast, in the remote Fort Ross area, it’s fabulously rich in cherry, framboise and red currant flavors, with intriguing waves of anise, bacon and sweet, vanilla-scented smoky sandalwood. There’s a foresty taste, too, suggesting dried pine needles. The…  — S.H.  (2/1/2010)
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Williams Selyem 2010 Allen Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

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  1. $50
This wine shows real first-growth quality in its intensity and concentration, with orange nectar, golden mango, pear, peach pie, buttercream, vanilla, buttered toast and spice flavors. The balance is exquisite, and the way the acids dance along the palate make the wine clean and lively.  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
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Williams Selyem 2011 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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  1. $95
Williams Selyem expresses the intricacies of this vineyard with more consistency than any other winery. This remarkably intellectual, ageworthy wine is bone dry, with marked acidity and complexity. The flavors range from wild cherries, cola and balsam to raspberry tart and buttered cinnamon toast. Its complexity is like a mandala, increasing in beauty the longer…  — S.H.  (2/1/2014)
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