2017 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard

Year: 2017
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 94+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%
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"Sleek, with lively and pure-tasting cherry, plum and currant flavors that are well-structured. Very minerally, featuring a fresh, crisp finish that lingers with spice and slate details, along with hints of licorice. Drink now through 2026. -K.M." (WS)

"The 2017 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard opens with touches of gunflint and smoke, fleshing out to peach, dried acacia, hay, sliced almond and mineral hints with touches of elderflower. Medium-bodied, it's rounded in the mouth with intense savory fruit layers, great floral nuance and tangy acidity, finishing long and textured. 428 cases produced.

California lost one of its great wine pioneers with the passing of Burt Williams in December 2019. The first commercial vintage of Williams Selyem was in 1981, and all these years later, it remains a benchmark for Pinot Noir in California. Williams influenced countless winemakers and was integral in shaping the wine landscape in California that we are fortunate to inherit today. We raise our glasses in your honor." (WA)

"The 2017 Pinot Noir Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard is powerful and tightly wound, with less of the appeal found in most of these 2017s. That shouldn't be too much of an issue in another few years' time, but readers should plan on being patient. There is not much Russian River charm on display today." (VM)