Williams Selyem

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

9.2647 ratings
9.0132 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Tobin Trevarthen

Never a doubt. Selyem always delivers. Lush strawberry shortcake dominates the flavors.

Never a doubt. Selyem always delivers. Lush strawberry shortcake dominates the flavors.

Apr 26th, 2021
boyd

Really polished, but also quite delicious.

Really polished, but also quite delicious.

Apr 3rd, 2021
Eric Urbani

Delicate, elegant some raisin - we thought it was a Kutch or Rhys

Delicate, elegant some raisin - we thought it was a Kutch or Rhys

Mar 7th, 2021
Kirsten Spalding

Drunk review 3: Wine number three of the night. It has a silky, olive oil-like quality to it. Like, when you attempt to taste olive oil the professional way, but you have no idea what you're doing, so you feel it burn at the back of your throat-- but it's also not unpleasant? Medium boldness. It's your friend at a party that is quiet and shy in real life, but then is surprisingly outgoing when drinking and you're like, "Damn. And I thought I was taking you out." Earthy notes, like herbs just taken out of the dirt in the middle of fall. I would pair this while petting a Golden Retriever. It's good.

Drunk review 3: Wine number three of the night. It has a silky, olive oil-like quality to it. Like, when you attempt to taste olive oil the professional way, but you have no idea what you're doing, so you feel it burn at the back of your throat-- but it's also not unpleasant? Medium boldness. It's your friend at a party that is quiet and shy in real life, but then is surprisingly outgoing when drinking and you're like, "Damn. And I thought I was taking you out." Earthy notes, like herbs just taken out of the dirt in the middle of fall. I would pair this while petting a Golden Retriever. It's good.

Feb 13th, 2021
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Salad just needs the dry, dark cherries to make the pair.

Previous notes from awhile back will work.

Enjoying the 12 but, will be much better in four to six years.

Getting dried apricots from this after Bordeaux & Napa Cabernet. 🤔

Salad just needs the dry, dark cherries to make the pair.

Previous notes from awhile back will work.

Enjoying the 12 but, will be much better in four to six years.

Getting dried apricots from this after Bordeaux & Napa Cabernet. 🤔

Dec 5th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

I like how under appreciated WS is in the market by consumers & by critics when they score them young. That means that I can pick these up on the secondary market for just either side of $50 pre-aged.

This 12 shows the beauty of the vintage. Glorious mouthfeel. It glides on the palate as juicy, round, ripe & ruby. The fruits are outstanding up & down their line up with 6 years plus of bottle age. Love the dark cherries, cherries, black raspberries, strawberries with highlights of blue & purple fruits. It’s their raspberries & blue fruits I really enjoy from them. Before it unfurls in the decanter, it shows quite a bit of dark spice/clove but mellows by the second glass. Cola, soft & subtle baking spices; cinnamon, vanilla and hints of nutmeg. Rich, dark soil, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, some herbaceousness with brilliant; dark, red, purple & blue florals. Acidity is especially good. The finish is beauty, elegance & balanced defined persisting for minutes.

Photos of; Williams Selyem Winery and our visit to their October pick up party 4 or 5 years ago.

I like how under appreciated WS is in the market by consumers & by critics when they score them young. That means that I can pick these up on the secondary market for just either side of $50 pre-aged.

This 12 shows the beauty of the vintage. Glorious mouthfeel. It glides on the palate as juicy, round, ripe & ruby. The fruits are outstanding up & down their line up with 6 years plus of bottle age. Love the dark cherries, cherries, black raspberries, strawberries with highlights of blue & purple fruits. It’s their raspberries & blue fruits I really enjoy from them. Before it unfurls in the decanter, it shows quite a bit of dark spice/clove but mellows by the second glass. Cola, soft & subtle baking spices; cinnamon, vanilla and hints of nutmeg. Rich, dark soil, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, some herbaceousness with brilliant; dark, red, purple & blue florals. Acidity is especially good. The finish is beauty, elegance & balanced defined persisting for minutes.

Photos of; Williams Selyem Winery and our visit to their October pick up party 4 or 5 years ago.

Oct 5th, 2020
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.2

Cherry and raspberry, chopped herbs and a grace note of well-integrated sweet oak. Quite delicious but what really makes this is the phenomenally vibrant acidity, which is positively mouthwatering. Tasted this as a press sample and now drinking it with prayers for @williamsselyemwinery and all of their Westside Road neighbors in the face of these horrible wildfires.

Cherry and raspberry, chopped herbs and a grace note of well-integrated sweet oak. Quite delicious but what really makes this is the phenomenally vibrant acidity, which is positively mouthwatering. Tasted this as a press sample and now drinking it with prayers for @williamsselyemwinery and all of their Westside Road neighbors in the face of these horrible wildfires.

Aug 24th, 2020
Matt Duncan

Chicken tagine and aged Williams Selyem!

Chicken tagine and aged Williams Selyem!

Aug 12th, 2020
Ed Lehrman

Never would have guessed this was 13 years old. Still youthful with lots of fruit and great balance. And just a Sonoma Coast bottling! Nice work Bob C!

Never would have guessed this was 13 years old. Still youthful with lots of fruit and great balance. And just a Sonoma Coast bottling! Nice work Bob C!

Aug 29th, 2019
Kellin

Simply wonderful. What a beautiful expression of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Calling it now: in 15-20 years, some of the high end Sonoma Coast wines will command the same prices as the best of Burgundy

Simply wonderful. What a beautiful expression of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Calling it now: in 15-20 years, some of the high end Sonoma Coast wines will command the same prices as the best of Burgundy

Apr 28th, 2019