Williams Selyem

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

9.2662 ratings
9.1147 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Tobin Trevarthen

The last of the ‘04 batch. Still holding court with strawberry pie meets caramel goodness. Has really soften over the years, so a bit on the mellow side.

The last of the ‘04 batch. Still holding court with strawberry pie meets caramel goodness. Has really soften over the years, so a bit on the mellow side.

Dec 22nd, 2019
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.2

13 years old and right at its peak. Not sure why I would ever drink one less than 10 years old. Nice!!!!

13 years old and right at its peak. Not sure why I would ever drink one less than 10 years old. Nice!!!!

Oct 9th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

I’ve had a a fair amount of older Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs, this one is the most different. It seems more extracted and darker than the bright; cherries, strawberries & pomegranate Pinots from them that we’ve had a run on over several years.

The noses reveals, deep, dark, ripe; currants, blackberries, black cherries with liqueur notes, baked black plum, black raspberries with hints of blue fruit. Touch of smokiness, cinnamon, clove, vanillin, black licorice, mid intensity, sweet tarriness, herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus character, touch of tree sap, black, rich earth, steeped fruit tea, limestone, dry rock powder, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes with fresh, withering & dry, dark, red florals and just a hint of violets.

The body is medium full. It has gorgeous mouthfeel. There are still round, softened, teethe & tarry tannins here. Tannins were in the bottle neck which, is not always traditional even in older Pinot’s. The structure, tension, length and balance are really nice with another three to five years of good drinking ahead. It’s right around its peak. Perhaps, just the other side of the bell curve. Dark, ripe; currants/cassis, blackberries, black cherries with liqueur notes, baked black plum, black raspberries, cooked rhubarb, raisins with more blue fruit showing vs. the nose. Touch of smokiness, cinnamon, clove, light nutmeg, vanillin, black licorice, mid intensity sweet tarriness, herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus character, touch of tree sap, black, rich earth, steeped fruit tea, limestone, dry rock powder, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes with fresh, withering & dry, dark, red florals and violets beaming on the finish. The acidity is excellent. The long finish is; ruby, ripe, elegant, gorgeous, extremely well balanced and persists on the palate with warm, dark spice.

IMHO, Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs do not score well early and really shine at 10 years plus in many vintages. They are a Sonoma Pinot pioneer and a gold standard comparison for other producers and Pinot lovers to take note.

Photos of; Williams Selyem winery, Sofia’s great handy work with flowers and one of our two raised garden boxes. 💐 🌸 🌺 🌹🌼🥀 🌽 🥒🥬 🍅

Happy Memorial Day weekend all! Hope you are grilling & enjoying some of your favorite wines.

I’ve had a a fair amount of older Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs, this one is the most different. It seems more extracted and darker than the bright; cherries, strawberries & pomegranate Pinots from them that we’ve had a run on over several years.

The noses reveals, deep, dark, ripe; currants, blackberries, black cherries with liqueur notes, baked black plum, black raspberries with hints of blue fruit. Touch of smokiness, cinnamon, clove, vanillin, black licorice, mid intensity, sweet tarriness, herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus character, touch of tree sap, black, rich earth, steeped fruit tea, limestone, dry rock powder, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes with fresh, withering & dry, dark, red florals and just a hint of violets.

The body is medium full. It has gorgeous mouthfeel. There are still round, softened, teethe & tarry tannins here. Tannins were in the bottle neck which, is not always traditional even in older Pinot’s. The structure, tension, length and balance are really nice with another three to five years of good drinking ahead. It’s right around its peak. Perhaps, just the other side of the bell curve. Dark, ripe; currants/cassis, blackberries, black cherries with liqueur notes, baked black plum, black raspberries, cooked rhubarb, raisins with more blue fruit showing vs. the nose. Touch of smokiness, cinnamon, clove, light nutmeg, vanillin, black licorice, mid intensity sweet tarriness, herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus character, touch of tree sap, black, rich earth, steeped fruit tea, limestone, dry rock powder, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes with fresh, withering & dry, dark, red florals and violets beaming on the finish. The acidity is excellent. The long finish is; ruby, ripe, elegant, gorgeous, extremely well balanced and persists on the palate with warm, dark spice.

IMHO, Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs do not score well early and really shine at 10 years plus in many vintages. They are a Sonoma Pinot pioneer and a gold standard comparison for other producers and Pinot lovers to take note.

Photos of; Williams Selyem winery, Sofia’s great handy work with flowers and one of our two raised garden boxes. 💐 🌸 🌺 🌹🌼🥀 🌽 🥒🥬 🍅

Happy Memorial Day weekend all! Hope you are grilling & enjoying some of your favorite wines.

May 26th, 2019
Bill Bender

Ripe red lush fruit, opulent and still just a bit too tannic.

Ripe red lush fruit, opulent and still just a bit too tannic.

Feb 5th, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

Out standing wine with plenty of dark cherry notes and some subtle but ever present tannins witch took me to the Pacific Northwest at first - the 14% alcohol was well hidden

Out standing wine with plenty of dark cherry notes and some subtle but ever present tannins witch took me to the Pacific Northwest at first - the 14% alcohol was well hidden

Nov 4th, 2018
Kellin

Beautiful expression of Russian River Valley. Ripe bing cherry on the mid palate, balanced acidity, aromas of sage, hint of licorice, and cacao.

Beautiful expression of Russian River Valley. Ripe bing cherry on the mid palate, balanced acidity, aromas of sage, hint of licorice, and cacao.

Jul 14th, 2018
Tobin Trevarthen

Very young, but delicious just the same. Fruit forward, but needs some time to deliver on all cylinders. Strawberry jam and raspberry hints, with a little blueberry rhubarb thrown in.

Very young, but delicious just the same. Fruit forward, but needs some time to deliver on all cylinders. Strawberry jam and raspberry hints, with a little blueberry rhubarb thrown in.

May 25th, 2018
JP Pierce

Still needs time to coalesce because the ample savory toast and lush black and blue fruit seem to be in separate realms.

Still needs time to coalesce because the ample savory toast and lush black and blue fruit seem to be in separate realms.

Jan 27th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Aromas of sweet berry fruit with spiced notes. The palate shows developed ripe dark red fruit, cherry with oak, cinnamon spice and mineral notes. Soft tannins with rustic edge, elegantly balanced, vivid acidity, lingering finish ending with earthy mineral notes. Wow!

Aromas of sweet berry fruit with spiced notes. The palate shows developed ripe dark red fruit, cherry with oak, cinnamon spice and mineral notes. Soft tannins with rustic edge, elegantly balanced, vivid acidity, lingering finish ending with earthy mineral notes. Wow!

Jan 16th, 2018
Bryant Bickel

Lovely, and focused.

Lovely, and focused.

Jan 13th, 2018