Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard – Bottle Notes

The 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard was the winning bottle in the December installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was opened thirty minutes prior to serving and paired with beef stew on a frigid night in Seattle.

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront of the best Pinot Noir regions in the world.

Today, John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, work with winemaker Jeff Mangahas to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise.

Peay Vineyard is situated near the San Andreas Fault at the Northern edge of the Sonoma Coast AVA.

Light crimson in color. 14.3% ABV. Exotic nose of red fruits, spice, earth and flowers. Medium body with strong acidity. Rich and racy. Cherries, strawberries, cloves and spearmint on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. The wine is in a great place right now and should drink well for another 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

This wine is close to $60 on the mailing list but priced attractively compared to some of the other single vineyard bottlings from William Selyem.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended.

I wrote about Williams Selyem recently in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2 thoughts on “2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard – Bottle Notes

    1. I can’t speak to that. I can tell you that I visited last year and left thinking the attention to detail at WS is second to none. I’d be somewhat surprised if the vineyards they source from would let them do that to the grapes.

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