Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront of the best Pinot Noir regions in the world.
Today, John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, work with winemaker Jeff Mangahas to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise. Other varieties bottled at Williams Selyem include Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc.
Flax Vineyard is situated off Westside Road in the Russian River Valley. Williams Selyem no longer makes a Flax Pinot Noir.
Light red in color. 14.2% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cloves, cola and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Lush and fruit forward. The fruit itself is very ripe. Strawberry, cherry cola, baking spices and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. The ripe fruit is a little much but the wine was delicious nonetheless. Drink over the next year or so.
My rating: 90 points.
Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended. The 2018 version of this wine was released earlier this Spring.