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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 12 
ProducerWilliams Selyem
VineyardOlivet Lane Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 6 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 12 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jazzop on 11/15/2015 & rated 83 points: Disclaimer: I am not a fan of Chard in any style other than dense, malolactic white Burgundy. So you know this is not going to go well...

I only buy the W-S chards because they are limited in number and to keep on hand for a gift or a rare food pairing. I opened this one for my mother's birthday. It was basically a flavorless beverage, although without any flaws or signs of a crappy chard (e.g., chemical-tasting oak chips). Maybe this is in a closed phase. I detected very little oak and no sign of malolactic fermentation. If you are capable of detecting subtleties from this grape, more power to you. I just can't get past the fact that for this money I could have had a great pinot instead...

Not for me. (290 views)
 Tasted by kkleg on 2/21/2015 & rated 94 points: Banana, creme brulee, lemon meringue, and wet stone on the nose. Meyer lemons, banana, and creme brulee on the palate, with nice buttery notes. Medium-long finish.

Drinking beautifully now, although it will hold for several years yet. (680 views)
 Tasted by BMCKIE99 on 12/25/2014 & rated 91 points: It is a very good time to drink this. At first I thought the buttery aspect of this was going to be cloying but the then the melon, pear, and other subtle notes kicked in. Very nice W-S chard indeed. (647 views)
 Tasted by tann0008 on 11/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Straw color. Apricot and pear on the nose. No tannin. Smooth. (803 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 9/8/2014 & rated 92 points: P/slightly chilled. Clear, light straw color. Big, clean, intense Chard nose. Med-Big body, rich and fruity, clean, slight touch of oat/toast. Long, clean finish. Delicious. Drink now or hold for a few years. Nothing off. $64 (1201 views)
 Tasted by slmral on 1/9/2014 & rated 94 points: First Thursday Main Group - Merlots of the World: The group didn't like the oak. I didn't mind it. (1382 views)
 Tasted by jazzop on 10/18/2013 & rated 90 points: This wine is way too immature to drink now. It is tight, saline, acidic, and the fruit is hidden away. I won't touch my other bottle until at least 2016. (915 views)
 Tasted by wineo11 on 8/30/2013 & rated 94 points: One of the best Chardonnays I have ever had. Great bouquet. Palate opens with as a nice restrained buttery fresh chard and has a long finish that ends with a crisp mineral taste to clear any trace of oak/butter out. Not a Chardonnay fan but I would drink this any time. (887 views)

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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168
(Williams-Selyem Winery Chardonnay Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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