Williams Selyem

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

9.2504 ratings
9.0100 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Finally cool enough for some light red wine. We've had about 18 bottles of this 02. It's never disappointed once. 2002 a very good Pinot vintage in Sonoma overall. William Selyem simply grows great fruit and then the get out of the way of it. Meaning, they treat it gently and don't allow for big influences...including oak to get in the way of it. The acid in this vintage is superb. This 02 hasn't faltered and will age another 5 years or so. Most of their wines/vintages age gracefully. On the nose, sweet light and mid red fruits. Ripe and slightly candied; cherries, strawberries, pomegranate, dry cranberries, black cherries and always the best raspberries. Red vines, cola, soft limestone minerals and beautifully fragrant red florals. The palate is still so fresh & clean. Everything resolved and well balanced. Ripe; cherries, strawberries, pomegranate, dry cranberries, black cherries and amazing raspberries. Red vines, black cherry cola, vanilla, soft spice, right intensity of baking spices, chalky limestone minerals, perfect round acidity and a long, gorgeous, well balanced and polished finish that sings. So good and easy to drink. Photos of; the interior & exterior of William Selyem and one of their Sonoma vineyards.

Finally cool enough for some light red wine. We've had about 18 bottles of this 02. It's never disappointed once. 2002 a very good Pinot vintage in Sonoma overall. William Selyem simply grows great fruit and then the get out of the way of it. Meaning, they treat it gently and don't allow for big influences...including oak to get in the way of it. The acid in this vintage is superb. This 02 hasn't faltered and will age another 5 years or so. Most of their wines/vintages age gracefully. On the nose, sweet light and mid red fruits. Ripe and slightly candied; cherries, strawberries, pomegranate, dry cranberries, black cherries and always the best raspberries. Red vines, cola, soft limestone minerals and beautifully fragrant red florals. The palate is still so fresh & clean. Everything resolved and well balanced. Ripe; cherries, strawberries, pomegranate, dry cranberries, black cherries and amazing raspberries. Red vines, black cherry cola, vanilla, soft spice, right intensity of baking spices, chalky limestone minerals, perfect round acidity and a long, gorgeous, well balanced and polished finish that sings. So good and easy to drink. Photos of; the interior & exterior of William Selyem and one of their Sonoma vineyards.

1 person found it helpfulSep 3rd, 2017
Joanna Wells

Assistant Winemaker Kutch Wines

9.1

Each gracefully aged and showing well. Power without weight with fine finesse.

Each gracefully aged and showing well. Power without weight with fine finesse.

1 person found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2013
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

I've had this wine countless times over the last two years and it remains a great example of how well Williams Selyem farms fruit. The raspberry in this wine is perfect. On the nose, fresh ripe fruits of cherries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate, soft chalky limestone and fresh red & pink florals. The palate is; rich, round, elegant and flat out delicious. The fruits are so amazing. Cherries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate and just a hint of rhubarb. Cinnamon, light nutmeg, dark spice and loamy dark soils. The chalkiness is so fine and beautiful as are the limestone minerals. When you look up rich, round, elegant in the dictionary, there is a picture of this wine. The acidity rains on the palate. Jeff Mangahas is their Wine Director. After graduating, with an M.S. in Enology he worked his first harvest with Artesa Vineyards. After Artesa, Jeff has became the Assistant Winemaker at Dutton-Goldfield. He was also a Winemaker for Hartford Family Winery. The Readers Digest version of the Williams Selyem story goes a little like this...the Williams Selyem Winery began under Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who started weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage. The original name of the winery in 1981 was "Hacienda Del Rio." In 1982, they produced their first vintage as Williams Selyem. However, the name did not become legal until 1984. In 1998, Ed & Burt sold the winery to its current owner, John Dyson who purchased several additional parcels and built the state of the art Winery featured in the photos.

I've had this wine countless times over the last two years and it remains a great example of how well Williams Selyem farms fruit. The raspberry in this wine is perfect. On the nose, fresh ripe fruits of cherries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate, soft chalky limestone and fresh red & pink florals. The palate is; rich, round, elegant and flat out delicious. The fruits are so amazing. Cherries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate and just a hint of rhubarb. Cinnamon, light nutmeg, dark spice and loamy dark soils. The chalkiness is so fine and beautiful as are the limestone minerals. When you look up rich, round, elegant in the dictionary, there is a picture of this wine. The acidity rains on the palate. Jeff Mangahas is their Wine Director. After graduating, with an M.S. in Enology he worked his first harvest with Artesa Vineyards. After Artesa, Jeff has became the Assistant Winemaker at Dutton-Goldfield. He was also a Winemaker for Hartford Family Winery. The Readers Digest version of the Williams Selyem story goes a little like this...the Williams Selyem Winery began under Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who started weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage. The original name of the winery in 1981 was "Hacienda Del Rio." In 1982, they produced their first vintage as Williams Selyem. However, the name did not become legal until 1984. In 1998, Ed & Burt sold the winery to its current owner, John Dyson who purchased several additional parcels and built the state of the art Winery featured in the photos.

Jul 1st, 2017
Kevin Ortzman

Red tart berries/fruit (cranberry, cherry and pomegranate). Hint of herbs and minerality.

Red tart berries/fruit (cranberry, cherry and pomegranate). Hint of herbs and minerality.

Jun 28th, 2017
Amy Payne

Seriously amazing juice #williamsselyem

Seriously amazing juice #williamsselyem

Jun 19th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

On the nose, strawberries preserves, dark cherries, cherries, heavily extracted pomegranate, spice, vanilla, cola, cinnamon, soft dark earth with fresh & dry red florals. The body is full and tannins are nearly completely resolved. The fruits on the palate are ripe, candied and slightly tart as they set. Fruits are; strawberry preserves, dark cherries, cherries, stewed black plum, raspberries & extracted pomegranate. Black raspberry cola, vanilla, fruit tea quality, cinnamon, clove, medium intensity darker spices, fresh red florals, violets, very fine chalky minerals and crushed rock powder. The acidity pours over your palate. The long finish is round, rich, elegant mixed berries & heated spices. Williams Selyem really does farm great fruit. Photos of; the Hirsch Vineyard, their estate at twilight, tasting room and barrel room. The 03 still has 3-5 years of life ahead.

On the nose, strawberries preserves, dark cherries, cherries, heavily extracted pomegranate, spice, vanilla, cola, cinnamon, soft dark earth with fresh & dry red florals. The body is full and tannins are nearly completely resolved. The fruits on the palate are ripe, candied and slightly tart as they set. Fruits are; strawberry preserves, dark cherries, cherries, stewed black plum, raspberries & extracted pomegranate. Black raspberry cola, vanilla, fruit tea quality, cinnamon, clove, medium intensity darker spices, fresh red florals, violets, very fine chalky minerals and crushed rock powder. The acidity pours over your palate. The long finish is round, rich, elegant mixed berries & heated spices. Williams Selyem really does farm great fruit. Photos of; the Hirsch Vineyard, their estate at twilight, tasting room and barrel room. The 03 still has 3-5 years of life ahead.

Jun 10th, 2017
Scott Wren

Black with big alcohol: 14%. Falling apart. Disappointing

Black with big alcohol: 14%. Falling apart. Disappointing

May 14th, 2017
Lynn Penner-Ash

Owner/Winemaker Penner-Ash

8.6

Tight and bright red fruit

Tight and bright red fruit

Dec 16th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Delicious stuff and paired excellent with Hedy's amazing chicken confit with a hint of madras curry, dates and juniper berries. @PlateandBottleDinners

Delicious stuff and paired excellent with Hedy's amazing chicken confit with a hint of madras curry, dates and juniper berries. @PlateandBottleDinners

Nov 7th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Mid fruit nightcap. Liquid cherries, pomegranate juice, ripe strawberries, dry cranberries, touch of rhubarb, silky/grainy chalk, sweet fine minerals and big acidity.

Mid fruit nightcap. Liquid cherries, pomegranate juice, ripe strawberries, dry cranberries, touch of rhubarb, silky/grainy chalk, sweet fine minerals and big acidity.

Sep 11th, 2016