Williams Selyem

Sonoma County Pinot Noir

9.1414 ratings
9.179 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Tried having this yesterday but, couldn’t bring it in to Nepenthe per usual due to their heavy Covid-19 business loses. Totally understandable. But, as Phil Collins sang, “Tonight’s The Night!”

The nose reveals dark, ruby, ripe & just a touch candied fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, spiced plum, blue fruits, poached strawberries, cherries with raspberries hovering the edges of the glass. Dark spice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, mixed dark(er) berry cola, limestone/sandstone, touch of savory meats, light tobacco notes, soft woodiness, shades of licorice, light, fresh Provenance herbs, sage, whiffs of black pepper, tree bark w/ some sap, touch of damp, dark earth, top soil with brilliant fresh, candied; dark, red, blue florals framed in soft violets in a field of lavender.

The palate is; ripe, ruby, round and lush. The mouthfeel is gorgeous & sexy. Still showing some tarry, teethed tannins. The length, structure, balance & length have just arrived with another 8-10 years of good life ahead. Dark, ruby, ripe & just a touch candied fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, spiced plum, incredible blue fruits, poached strawberries, cherries with classically perfect Williams Selyem raspberries . Dark spice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, mixed dark berry cola, steeped fruit tea, used coffee grounds, some dark chocolate, limestone/sandstone, touch of savory meats, light tobacco notes, wood shaving dust, shades of licorice, light, fresh Provenance herbs, sage, mint, whiffs of black pepper, tree bark w/ some sap, touch of damp, dark earth, top soil with brilliant fresh, candied; dark, red, blue florals framed in soft violets in a field of lavender. The acidity is round, voluptuous and perfect. The ripe, ruby, lush, well, knitted, balanced fruit & earth and polished long finish is glorious and persists endlessly into soft, dark spice with just the right amount of gentle heat.

Williams Selyem Pinots really start to be special at the 10 years plus.

This will continue to improve over the next 3-4 years and start a slow decline.

Also, appreciate they kept the ABV under 14%.

Photos of, Williams Selyem Winery & Tasting Room, designer barrel rack, tasting area where we tasted and one of their rolling hillside vineyards.

Tried having this yesterday but, couldn’t bring it in to Nepenthe per usual due to their heavy Covid-19 business loses. Totally understandable. But, as Phil Collins sang, “Tonight’s The Night!”

The nose reveals dark, ruby, ripe & just a touch candied fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, spiced plum, blue fruits, poached strawberries, cherries with raspberries hovering the edges of the glass. Dark spice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, mixed dark(er) berry cola, limestone/sandstone, touch of savory meats, light tobacco notes, soft woodiness, shades of licorice, light, fresh Provenance herbs, sage, whiffs of black pepper, tree bark w/ some sap, touch of damp, dark earth, top soil with brilliant fresh, candied; dark, red, blue florals framed in soft violets in a field of lavender.

The palate is; ripe, ruby, round and lush. The mouthfeel is gorgeous & sexy. Still showing some tarry, teethed tannins. The length, structure, balance & length have just arrived with another 8-10 years of good life ahead. Dark, ruby, ripe & just a touch candied fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, spiced plum, incredible blue fruits, poached strawberries, cherries with classically perfect Williams Selyem raspberries . Dark spice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, mixed dark berry cola, steeped fruit tea, used coffee grounds, some dark chocolate, limestone/sandstone, touch of savory meats, light tobacco notes, wood shaving dust, shades of licorice, light, fresh Provenance herbs, sage, mint, whiffs of black pepper, tree bark w/ some sap, touch of damp, dark earth, top soil with brilliant fresh, candied; dark, red, blue florals framed in soft violets in a field of lavender. The acidity is round, voluptuous and perfect. The ripe, ruby, lush, well, knitted, balanced fruit & earth and polished long finish is glorious and persists endlessly into soft, dark spice with just the right amount of gentle heat.

Williams Selyem Pinots really start to be special at the 10 years plus.

This will continue to improve over the next 3-4 years and start a slow decline.

Also, appreciate they kept the ABV under 14%.

Photos of, Williams Selyem Winery & Tasting Room, designer barrel rack, tasting area where we tasted and one of their rolling hillside vineyards.

Sep 6th, 2020
Victor Aul

Always consistently good. Cherry’s and raspberry upfront with a full mid palate feel.

Always consistently good. Cherry’s and raspberry upfront with a full mid palate feel.

Oct 28th, 2018
Kellin

Beautiful Pinot. Newest vintage from WS and very impressed! World class Pinot noir

Beautiful Pinot. Newest vintage from WS and very impressed! World class Pinot noir

Apr 19th, 2018
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.1

Knowing that my Williams selyem shipment is around the corner, I thought I'd open this 14 up with family and friends. Took an hour to fully emerge but when it did we found classic sonoma county Pinot. Lovely wine and perfect with BBQ tri tip (Santa Maria style)

Knowing that my Williams selyem shipment is around the corner, I thought I'd open this 14 up with family and friends. Took an hour to fully emerge but when it did we found classic sonoma county Pinot. Lovely wine and perfect with BBQ tri tip (Santa Maria style)

Mar 27th, 2018
Michael Walsh

Good wine but missing something for my palate.

Good wine but missing something for my palate.

1 person found it helpfulNov 26th, 2015
Steve Matlaga

Just a beautiful example of classy Pinot - nice but not overly fruity or sweet nose that Carey's through to a jammy but not overpowering palate with a lovely solid medium finish!

Just a beautiful example of classy Pinot - nice but not overly fruity or sweet nose that Carey's through to a jammy but not overpowering palate with a lovely solid medium finish!

1 person found it helpfulSep 1st, 2015
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

9.7

I now understand why this place has the reputation that it does. Red fruit, mushroom, forest floor. Clean and balanced. I'm also pretty happy with the photography here, if I don't say so myself.

I now understand why this place has the reputation that it does. Red fruit, mushroom, forest floor. Clean and balanced. I'm also pretty happy with the photography here, if I don't say so myself.

1 person found it helpfulOct 12th, 2013
Bryce Bannatyne

New Jersey Sales Representative Martin Scott Wines, Ltd

9.1

Ready to rock.

Ready to rock.

May 5th, 2017
Nancy Croisier, CSW

Fruit forward and easy drinking.

Fruit forward and easy drinking.

Mar 6th, 2017
Jeff Vejr

Fuck. This is a disaster. Wood, wood, plus more wood. I would fucking love this, if I was a beaver.

Fuck. This is a disaster. Wood, wood, plus more wood. I would fucking love this, if I was a beaver.

Jan 5th, 2017