Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019 Red Wine

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Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019

93 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Medium ruby-purple, the 2019 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley has lush aromas of wild berry preserves, aniseed, forest floor, potpourri and tea leaves. The medium-bodied palate is deeply fruited, wonderfully spiced and seamlessly structured, with a very long, layered finish."

This Russian River Pinot Noir is a GORGEOUS representation of the region. It boasts all the beautiful characteristics that define Pinot Noirs from California's famous Russian River Valley. Williams Selyem knocks it out of the park with this masterfully crafted wine!


Quintessential Pinot Noir is all about perfume and elegance and the 2019 Russian River Valley typifies that. Sourced from varying parts of the AVA, this bottling seems to get better each year. Dark cherry notes and a bouquet of dried rose petals and lavender are evoked from the glass. Citrus peel, clove, anise, and dried herbs mix to add depth and complexity. The palate is equally as complex with savory herbs and dark red fruit flavors abounding. Tenacious and saturating on the tongue, the flavors are very tightly woven together while the acidity provides freshness all the way to the tea-like finish.


The Pinot Noir for this blend was sourced from the following vineyards: Martaella, Laguna, Olivet Lane, and our MacGregor Estate, and Drake Estate properties.


The 2019 growing season started with ample rainfall in the winter months and finished well above average. Wet soil and cool temperatures conspired to delay bud break nearly two weeks later than historical average. Moderate to slightly above average temperatures ensued and the vegetative cycle caught up. Flowering started under ideal conditions but a late May rain event delayed flowering for a week. This had some impact and created some shatter and smaller clusters. These smaller clusters are desirable because they are looser and the smaller the berry, the higher the tendency to yield concentrated and flavorful wines. The remainder of the growing season was largely uneventful. August was largely fog-free, so the nights were warmer and the days sunnier which tended to move photosynthesis and maturation along more quickly. The harvest schedule was mostly routine and rather leisurely with grapes arriving to the winery in pristine condition. The 2019 wines are impressive with excellent color, depth, and precision of site. The polish of the tannins and softer acid profiles will offer early appeal but can certainly hold on for years.


Barrel Description: 40% new, 60% 1 yr.
Barrel Aged: 11 months
pH: 3.44
TA: 0.63g/100m
Alc: 13.7%
Released Spring 2021

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