Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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. Other varieties bottled at Williams Selyem include Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc.

Weir Vineyard is located in the Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County and has been a source for Williams Selyem since 1999.

Ruby red in color. 13.9% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, baking spices and rose petals. Light to medium body with perfect acidity. Just enough fruit to keep this compelling. Cherries, cranberry, nutmeg and earth on the palate. The finish is long and supple. A little long in the tooth but still an absolute pleasure to drink. Best over the next year or so.

My rating: 93 points.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended. The 2021 version of this wine was released to the mailing list just a few weeks ago at a price of $75. I was a buyer.

I wrote about Williams Selyem previously in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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