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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Coastlands Vineyard 2002

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92 points Wine & Spirits: This pinot offers the rich intensity of extreme ripeness. But grown on a ridge in Occidental, facing the sea, that full blast of flavor is tempered by an edge of dark spice. The texture is smooth as a raspberry ganache, the wine's chocolate depths seeming to relate more to the tannin of the grapes than oak. The finish contrasts that richness with freshness, a tension that will develop into complexity with age. (Feb 2005)

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Today, the winemaking torch has been passed into the skillful hands of a carefully selected team headed by Executive Winemaker, Bob Cabral. They share a passion that requires a strong but intuitive approach, given the capricious nature of the varietal. These artisans respect and employ the original handcrafted approach to winemaking that has made Williams Selyem wines so sought after today. ... Read more
Today, the winemaking torch has been passed into the skillful hands of a carefully selected team headed by Executive Winemaker, Bob Cabral. They share a passion that requires a strong but intuitive approach, given the capricious nature of the varietal. These artisans respect and employ the original handcrafted approach to winemaking that has made Williams Selyem wines so sought after today. The winery carefully executes the Williams Selyem philosophy of "respecting the juice." From fermentation to bottling, including the no pumping and filter-free methods, the winemakers use these processes to ensure that the quality of the wine is not compromised. Fortunately, they seem to have none of the typical pressures that many wineries do today and are therefore able to focus strictly on quality. This almost ceremonial approach to creating these wines can be tasted in every bottle. Bob says there's no other place he'd rather be making wine than in the Russian River Valley. Much like the philosophy of Burt and Ed, Bob has forged and fostered successful relationships with many of the growers who have stayed with the winery from its inception. By following proven traditions of respecting the individuality of the growers and vineyards from which they source their fruit, Williams Selyem wines continue to deliver their distinctive taste. On the standing commitment to extraordinary quality at the winery, Bob says, "We respect the grower, the vineyard, we respect the fruit coming in and we take care of the process tenaciously with minimal interference. We exercise patience at every stage and I have to say, we are richly rewarded for that. We like to share those rewards with the people who love our wines." As for the wines…they just keep getting better and better. Read less

External Reviews for Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Coastlands Vineyard

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2009

Very dark, almost inky in color, and powerful in extract, showing high-char oak, cherry candy, raspberry and dark chocolate flavors. Certainly a big, robust wine, with good acidity. A little clumsy now, but should develop complexities. Wine Enthusiast. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2002 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard 750ml



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92 points Wine & Spirits: This pinot offers the rich intensity of extreme ripeness. But grown on a ridge in Occidental, facing the sea, that full blast of flavor is tempered by an edge of dark spice. The texture is smooth as a raspberry ganache, the wine's chocolate depths seeming to relate more to the tannin of the grapes than oak. The finish contrasts that richness with freshness, a tension that will develop into complexity with age. (Feb 2005)

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