Red

2005 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 65

  • buckeye76 Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 25, 2019 - Last opened over ten years ago, and obviously has not lost anything. Still deep in color with cherries, raspberries, licorice, currants, spice, and some earthiness in the nose. The flavor is very much like the nose. Medium to full bodied, nice complexity, and a long finish. Delicious!

  • Martysfo Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 7, 2019 - Who said that CA Pinot noirs can’t age. This one is a wonderful example of a perfectly aged Pinot. Some nice garigue on the nose, cherry and earthy. Long finish with some bracing acidity. Enjoyed this wine with grilled wild king salon.

  • Magnolian Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 23, 2018 - I reviewed this 7+ years ago and at the time it was one the best PNs I had ever tried. If anything I should have graded the 2010 version even higher (95 or 96) as few if any wines I've had since then have surpassed it. The 2018 version hasn't lost much, and it remains a delicious, interesting, and incredibly complex wine. It has has perhaps given up a touch of intensity on the attack (I remember a piercingly strong beam of strawberries) and a touch of acidity. You are lucky if you still own this, but in my judgment it is just a bit past its peak.

  • tomlee wrote: 94 points

    October 2, 2016 - Light crimson in color. Almost translucent. 14.4% ABV. Surreal nose of black cherries, cloves and forest floor. Medium body with tremendous acidity. Structure and power that belies eleven years of bottle age. Pomegranate, cherries, anise and baking spices on the palate. Everything is in the right place with this wine. One of the better Pinot Noir's I have had in recent memory. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

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  • Burgundy Al wrote: 86 points

    May 25, 2016 - Great fruit, but too sweet for real Pinot Noir.

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  • By Allen Meadows
    4th Quarter, 2008, Issue #32 (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Williams Selyem
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Flax Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Russian River Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 340 (39%)
  • Consumed 534 (61%)

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