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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 44 
ProducerWilliams Selyem (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2010 (based on 24 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.2 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 116 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Sennma on 1/4/2015: Held on to this for too long...all the fruit was gone and not enought secondary flavors to carry it. (661 views)
 Tasted by DaninClearwater on 11/3/2014 & rated 91 points: much better than last bottle
needs to be drunk (673 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 11/21/2013 & rated 89 points: Appears as if the cola factor is getting a bit more intense…not to my liking. Previous bottle was better…Drink up. (1664 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 10/24/2013: Red fruit, a touch of vanilla, some cola. Others raved, I found a tad disappointing. B- (1721 views)
 Tasted by Schwarzer Hund on 10/6/2013: Medium red color, red fruit aromas, medium weight on palate, fruit ok, slightly acidic, medium length finish. Good but far from great. (1574 views)
 Tasted by JDRFoster on 9/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Slightly smoky, cherry cola, raspberry, vanilla oak, spice, and some earthiness. Well balanced, medium alcohol, medium minus finish. (1351 views)
 Tasted by DaninClearwater on 3/27/2013 & rated 89 points: wine somewhat flat--waited too long--no tannins (1744 views)
 Tasted by hanasowner on 8/17/2012 & rated 90 points: Light in color...some early signs of bricking. Cut grass on the nose with some light cherries coming through. No tannins to speak of. Past its prime, but still very enjoyable. (1578 views)
 Tasted by Didman on 3/14/2012 & rated 90 points: Still a fresh lively drink. (1797 views)
 Tasted by plitton on 8/30/2011 & rated 90 points: Straight ahead RRV pinot. A typical profile but nothing inspiring. (2604 views)
 Tasted by jctaylor on 5/26/2011 & rated 90 points: Nice red fruit aromas with a corresponding palatte of the same. Some cranberry and tea as well. Acid still bright. (2557 views)
 Tasted by jfm on 3/14/2011 & rated 89 points: Started very tight but improved after an hour or so. Good to very good (2369 views)
 Tasted by Porchino on 2/23/2011 & rated 91 points: excellent held up well (2222 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 12/26/2010 & rated 90 points: Cherries and hint of cola on the nose. Medium weight, balanced with soft tannins. Quite easy to drink and crowd pleaser. (2576 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/24/2010 & rated 86 points: I drank this wine over the last 12 months......my notes go from "Excellent" to "kinda week for a Williams Selymen." Overall my average rating was an 86. I wonder if I overstated the rating because I knew they were a Williams Selymen pinot. (2425 views)
 Tasted by WDSteers on 8/26/2010 & rated 91 points: cherry nose and initial palate. hint of licorice on finish. still holding up nicely. (2663 views)
 Tasted by David J Cooper on 7/10/2010: Medium clear red. Cherry, earth and mint. Spicey cherry flavours and a slight sweetness. Even a bit of pepper in the finish. Excellent. (2678 views)
 Tasted by godx on 7/9/2010 & rated 89 points: Bill's Monthly Lunch - July 2010 (Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind - medium ruby in colour. Peppermint and some french oak with cherry fruits on the nose. Palate is quite fruit forward giving raspberries and rhubarb and a hint of spice. Not over the top like I would have expected. One of the better Cali PNs Ive had. Very good. (2980 views)
 Tasted by pgordon62 on 7/4/2010 & rated 88 points: Aromas of tarry blackberry, cola, dust, rhubarb and baking spice. Very spicy, almost sharp on the palate along with a pronounced anise and the blackest of fruit. Long, spicy finish with again a strong note of anise. I found this a little too dark and woody. (2808 views)
 Tasted by Ali on 5/1/2010 & rated 90 points: much better than my first bottle 4 years ago. Drinking well (2985 views)
 Tasted by jbro on 2/22/2010 & rated 92 points: I will try to save the last bottle for another year, but this is drinking really well now. (3068 views)
 Tasted by pgordon62 on 1/15/2010 & rated 90 points: Vibrant, youthful characteristics of wild red cherry, sassafras and licorice along with notes of vanilla, campfire, allspice and lemon zest. Concentrated but fresh with a silky texture. Just lacks a little depth and complexity. Will go another 5+ years (unlike the 2002 version which is slipping). (3199 views)
 Tasted by jbro on 1/7/2010 & rated 92 points: consistent with my prior comments, this is highly enjoyable wine with additional life left. More raspberry than real rspberries, sour cherry with a hint of cola and a thirty second finish (3235 views)
 Tasted by jbro on 12/27/2009 & rated 90 points: Put me in the category of those who believe the drinkability window can be expanded by a year or more. Nothing tired or old about this wine. Plenty of balanced cherry and cola flavors with no heat at all. Moderately long finish for an altogether pleasant drinking experience. Paired very well with an assortment of cheeses. (3272 views)
 Tasted by lebo on 12/26/2009 & rated 90 points: Nice cola and truffle flavors and aromas. A little thin, but not bad. (3221 views)
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By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #38 (5/1/2006)
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Burghound, 3rd Quarter, 2005, Issue #19
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
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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