2021 Williams Selyem "Estate" Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California

A dazzling display of raspberry and cedar on the nose complimented with cedar, sasparilla, nutmeg, and allspice. On the palate firm tannins are balanced out with lively acidity, creating a rich and deep Pinot that can be aged for 5-7 years.


Perfumed and delicate on the nose, the wine showcases raspberry and black cherry notes with hints of cedar and sarsaparilla. Wood spices such as nutmeg and allspice perfectly complement the comforting and rich aromatic profile. The aromas carry over to the palate with firm tannins and balanced acidity. There is a brilliant aromatic lift on the mid-palate with flowers and citrus, giving way to a crushed quartz-like finish. Give this a little time in the cellar to reach its full potential.

About this Producer

The journey of Williams Seylem started back in 1979 when Burt Williams and Ed Selyem tried their hands at weekend winemaking at Burt’s house in Forestville, California. In 1981 the pair decided to turn their hobby into their profession, sourcing fruit based on deals sealed with nothing but a handshake. Thirty-five years later, nearly all of those “handshake agreements” are still in place—a testament to the loyal, personal relationships that were established with the region’s most respected grape growers.

As the popularity of Williams Seylem's wines grew, growers were unable to keep up with the increased demand. The next logical step was to put down vines.

In 1998, the winery changed hands, when Burt and Ed decided to sell the winery to pioneering viticulturist and longtime customer John Dyson. That same year, John purchased the Drake property in Guerneville—a riverside orchard that had once provided apples for Gerber baby foods—and started cultivating Pinot Noir grapes on the land.

Over the past 25 years, John has taken the Williams Seylem label to new heights, acquiring over 50 acres of land that has been dedicated to Pinot Noir, erecting a spectacular tasting room and winery, and racking up numerous accolades from top wine publications around the world. There is no doubt that Williams Seylem produces top-notch Pinot and will continue to do so going forward.


Grape(s) Pinot Noir
Farming Organic