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Winery: Williams Selyem

Region: California - Sonoma County - Russian River Valley

Alcohol: 14.1%

Grapes: Pinot Noir (California Pinot Noir)

Wine Style: Red - Savory and Classic

Food Pairing: Beef, Veal, Game (deer, venison), Chicken, Turkey

Reviews: 94 Points Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points Jeb Dunnuck

Winemaker Notes & Critical Acclaim:
Notes of raspberry, dried rose petals, and black tea immediately jump fromthe glass. Potpourri notes combine with dried orange peel to add to thewonderful complexity on the nose, while wood spices and anise round outthe aromatics. Flavors of black cherry and smoky herbs come through onthe palate with a strong sensation of black tea and citrus peel. This 2017offering showcases the vintage with a medium-bodied texture and arefined tannin structure, owing to the warm growing season. The grapeswere able to achieve full maturity and maintain fresh fruit aromas andflavors with enough acid to frame the palate. This wine would pair wellwith a cedar plank king salmon with a miso glaze. - Winemaker Note
This is such an impressive appellation-wide blend, combining several vineyard sites into a cohesive whole. Incredibly aromatic in rose and raspberry, the palate brings velvety layers of dark cherry and cinnamon, with integrated acidity keeping the balance. - 94 Points Wine Enthusiast
In the same thread, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley shows classic Russian River fruit (although not much cola) as well as plenty of spice, underbrush, and floral notes. Giving up plenty of wild strawberry and Bing cherry fruit, medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. it has plenty of upfront charm, yet I suspect capable of lasting for 8-10 years. - 92 Points Jeb Dunnuck

About The Producer:

Like most good stories, the history of Williams Selyem owes much to serendipity. If a grower with an abundance of fruit hadn’t given Burt Williams a few tons of free grapes in the 1970s, Burt might never have discovered his love and flair for winemaking. And if Burt and his partner Ed Selyem had been able to afford the French Burgundies they both favored, they might never have tried making their own Pinot Noir.

The two friends didn’t set out to produce wines for anyone but themselves. And they surely never imagined that their humble experiment in home winemaking would spawn a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together, Burt and Ed set a new standard for American-made Pinot Noir, and elevated Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley to among the best wine growing regions in the world.

In 1979, Burt Williams and Ed Selyem try their hands at weekend winemaking at Burt’s house in Forestville. They start with Zinfandel grapes grown by the Martinelli family on now-legendary Jackass Hill.

The two friends make the leap from hobbyists to legitimate winemakers and name their new winery Hacienda del Rio. The first vintage is bottled. Burt, a veteran newspaper pressman, makes the labels using an old-school letterpress and hand-mixed inks. The label was designed by Burt's friend Graham McIntosh of White Rabbit Press. In 1983, A cease and desist letter from Hacienda Winery prompts Burt and Ed to remove the name Hacienda from the label. In 1984, Release of the first vintage with the iconic Williams Selyem label. The winery is now legally Williams & Selyem, LLC.

Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017

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