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 Vintage2000 Label 2 of 129 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2002 vintage.)
ProducerWilliams Selyem
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2008 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 16 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Rhone Rick on 4/12/2013 & rated 93 points: Classic William Selyem flavor profile, med-light body but super crisp acid and core of red fruit and must. Great front mid and back palette... beautifully balanced. (1608 views)
 Tasted by jdunlap on 2/21/2010 & rated 93 points: Drank this wine with dinner; notes are limited; however, the wine was first rate and deserves recognition on CellarTracker as such.

Bottle resting in cellar since purchase at the winery. Wine in very good shape with excellent ullage. Light sediment, but not decanted. Intact cork. Pinot Noir favors immediately noticeable upon opening, which is generally a harbinger of good thing to follow. Good color and lots of well-integrated fruit and cola flavors in the nose. Palate was very elegant and rich, but not ripe or hot. Refined berry and cola elements; both of which were nicely integrated. Acids and flavors were well-balanced, lovely finish. This wine is at its apex – a joy to drink. Gives credence to the idea that William Selyem Pinot Noirs form good years are wonderful to drink after a decade of cellaring.

Served with polenta topped with wild mushrooms – a perfect match. (2536 views)
 Tasted by RoccoSydney on 1/31/2010 & rated 95 points: Still with some fruit nose. Brownish color. Super soft yet tobacco finish (2396 views)
 Tasted by kscopela on 10/26/2009 & rated 88 points: Not my style of pinot but got better as it opened. Earthy Funky old World nose. Slight chemical or Tar smells also. Better than the nose on the palette but still a funkified wine. (2496 views)
 Tasted by Margauxguy on 8/17/2009 & rated 94 points: sublime, soft and delicious, soft red fruits, cola berry and a touch of spice, last bottle was disappointing, this was great. (2564 views)
 Tasted by suthersm on 5/6/2009: Wonderful wine and a great reminder of what I've enjoyed about WS. Nose was floral, earthy, and had cranberry/cherry notes. Vibrant fruit that had a "sweetness" without being ripe. Also had some resin and slate notes. Acidity is present and well integrated. Drinking exceptionally well now, but likely to drink well for a couple more years. (1555 views)
 Tasted by lebo on 9/19/2008 & rated 92 points: Very nice wine, drinking in its prime. Light red color. Great nose of cola, forest floor, muted cherry. Pallet similar to nose, but a but short. Not going to get any better. Still very good 2nd day. Actually seemed a bit richer or deeper. Some very strong root beer or cola on the pallet. (1399 views)
 Tasted by Bushwood on 6/29/2008 & rated 84 points: Upon opening the nose shows brett with some red fruit underneath. The palate is fairly simple, red fruit flavors with a good dose of brett that is backed by spritzy acidity. Not flawed but rater simple. (1523 views)
 Tasted by winotoo on 5/26/2008 & rated 90 points: No detailed note but holding up well. Nice nose, very smooth. Not going to get any better so I'll drink my other soon. (1529 views)
 Tasted by monzell on 12/5/2007 & rated 93 points: Initial nose of med. fruit and clear bret. With some time, the bret complexity broadened to a rich, supple, wonderful wine. (1871 views)
 Tasted by lebo on 8/17/2007 & rated 90 points: Medium red color, with a purple tinge. Looks very young - no browning to it at all. Nose of cola, vanilla, and some bright, sweet berry, maybe raspberry. The nose showed lots of potential. Pallet was still mostly mid pallet. Sweet cherry. Pleasant wine. Drank at dinner with Russ. (1640 views)
 Tasted by monzell on 2/18/2007 & rated 89 points: Medium fulll. Initial clarity and brightness. Cherry and pinot characteristics. Over a few hours, it seemed to grow thicker and less bright -- though still very nice. Served with a rich beef stew. (2095 views)
 Tasted by lebo on 9/28/2006 & rated 88 points: Surprisingly medium to dark red color, with a purple tinge. Looks very young - no browning to it at all. Nose of cola, vanilla, and some bright, sweet berry, maybe raspberry. The nose showed lots of potential. Pallet was a bit disapointing. Rather short. Mostly mid pallet. Sweet cherry. After some air, more bright cherry. Finished bottle next day. It lost the cola and vanilla on the nose, leaving only the berry. Pallet more of a mild cherry or raspberry. Pleasant. (1897 views)

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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102
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Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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