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2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard – Bottle Notes

The 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard was the winning bottle in the December installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was opened thirty minutes prior to serving and paired with beef stew on a frigid night in Seattle.

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.

Peay Vineyard is situated near the San Andreas Fault at the Northern edge of the Sonoma Coast AVA.

Light crimson in color. 14.3% ABV. Exotic nose of red fruits, spice, earth and flowers. Medium body with strong acidity. Rich and racy. Cherries, strawberries, cloves and spearmint on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. The wine is in a great place right now and should drink well for another 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

This wine is close to $60 on the mailing list but priced attractively compared to some of the other single vineyard bottlings from William Selyem.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended.

I wrote about Williams Selyem recently in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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Pick My Next Bottle – 2007 California Pinot Noir

The December installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on California Pinot Noir from the 2007 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on New Year’s Eve and a Bottle Note will be published the following week.

The 2007 vintage of California Pinot Noir was praised by The Wine Spectator as the best vintage ever for the variety in Northern California.

The Contenders

  • 2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard – Pure and precise and bursting with juicy young fruit, this wonderfully well-stuffed Pinot Noir achieves a degree of rarely seen varietal richness without resorting to out-of-bounds ripeness or more oak than is absolutely necessary. It is so rich and stridently fruity that its youthful firmness goes all but unnoticed, but make no mistake, it is structured for keeping as the finest wines are, and it promises to find further polish and grow that much more inviting if it is allowed to rest quietly for another half-dozen years. 94 points from Connoisseurs Guide.
  • 2007 Dehlinger Estate Pinot Noir – Tom Dehlinger has never been one to hold back on Pinot Noir and leaves the making of delicate wine to others, and his style can be no better seen than in this bold and deeply filled effort. When, as in such stellar harvests as 2007, all the pieces fall into place, even the naysayers who cannot see past alcohol content are bound to be taken with the kind of richness and wonder-fully concentrated fruit that this deep, remarkably well-balanced bottling shows. It will hold and improve for many more years, but whether drunk now or saved for later, it needs to be paired with appropriately rich foods. 95 points from Connoisseurs Guide.
  • 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard – Bright red. Strikingly pure raspberry, wild strawberry, rose and mineral aromas are deepened by a subtle note of smoky Indian spices. Sharply focused, energetic red fruit flavors stain the palate, with silky tannins providing structure and grip. The red berry character gains strength with air and dominates the long, intensely spicy finish. One of the more graceful pinots I came across in this year’s tastings. 94 points from Stephen Tanzer.

Which 2007 California Pinot Noir should I open?

  • 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard (49%, 21 Votes)
  • 2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard (33%, 14 Votes)
  • 2007 Dehlinger Estate Pinot Noir (18%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 43

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Thanks for voting! I’d love to see a comment below on why you picked one bottle over another.

Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for the January Installment of Pick My Next Bottle.

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2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Sangiacomo Vineyard is located on Roberts Road at the western base of Sonoma Mountain. Sojourn sources from two distinct blocks planted in the late 1990’s.

Pale red in color. 14.5% ABV. Cherries, cloves and cola on the nose. Medium body and medium acidity. Cherries, strawberries, cinnamon and plenty of earth on the palate. Great finish. Simply a delicious wine. So much to like. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website. The 2012 is priced at $54 per bottle.

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast

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 Bob Cabral to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise.

Ruby red in color. 14.2% ABV. Dark fruits, mushrooms and cherry cola on the nose. Light and delicate with nice acidity. Cherry pie, strawberries, raspberries and baking spice on the palate. I’ve seen recent notes that this wine is past it’s prime. Perhaps not in your face fruit like Kosta Browne or Sojourn but still a gorgeous wine. Drink over the next year. Always a great value at about $40 from the winery.

My rating: 91 points.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended.

In other news it was announced recently that Bob Cabral will be leaving Williams Selyem after the 2014 vintage is harvested. This is a huge blow to Williams Selyem and one that needs to be closely monitored by fans of the winery.

I wrote about Williams Selyem recently in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Gap’s Crown Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast is situated directly east of and overlooks the Sangiacomo Vineyard on Roberts Road near Cotati at an elevation of 300-800 feet above sea level.

Garnet in color. 14.6% ABV. Red fruits, nutmeg and earth on the nose. Bright flavor profile with just enough acidity. Cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry, baking spice and cinnamon on the palate. Medium length finish. Solid wine but I was expecting more. Drink over the next year or two.

My rating: 90 points.

Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2007 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Kanzler Vineyards, located in California near Sebasopol, was founded in 1996 by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996 in a former apple orchard, the vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir grapes featured in award winning wines from some of the finest wineries in Northern California, including Kosta Browne, A.P. VIN and Landmark. In 2004, the Kanzlers launched their own label featuring grapes grown exclusively from their vineyard. Alex Kanzler, the son of Stephen and Lynda, is the current winemaker.

Light crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spice and sassafras. Impeccable balance and acidity. Rich and lush. Deep flavors of black cherry, anise, cola, rhubarb and mushrooms on the palate. There is a touch of greeness that I can’t quite put my finger on that comes through on the palate. Fresh green beans? It’s not distracting though and actually adds to this wines appeal. The finish is tremendous. Kanzler vineyard never disappoints. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2012 was just released at a price of $52. Highly recommended.

In other news Rivers-Marie has started to make a Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir with the 2012 vintage. I expect the wine will be spectacular.

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2007 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997, while working at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, Dan and Michael decided to pool their tips and venture into winemaking. Fifteen years later, Kosta Browne is one of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of California. At present time they produce three appellation Pinot Noirs, eight single vineyard Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay.

The 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of seven vineyards which lie in and around the central part of the Russian River Valley appellation.

Light ruby red in color. 14.2% ABV. Red fruits, baking spice and minerals on the nose. Elegant and complex on the palate. Flavors of raspberry, strawberry, kirsch, cherry pie and clove. Not even a hint of heat or alcohol. The finish is long and exquisite. A great wine and a good sign for those who own any of the ’07 SVD’s. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The current vintage is priced at $58 and only available via the mailing list. As I mentioned in the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists, Kosta Browne is one of hardest lists to crack. Maybe so, but you’ve got nothing to lose by putting your name on the waiting list. Good luck!

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2007 Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Cherry pie, baking spice and forest floor on the nose. Tremendous acidity. Tart, rich and medium bodied. Bing cherries, spice, strawberries and an earth component reminiscent of mushroom or truffle. Silky tannins and an exceptionally long finish. An exceptional Estate bottling which bodes well for the ’07 Single Vineyard Designates. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines do show up at retail periodically, and the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. They may only be pouring a couple of wines, but it’s a great opportunity to buy a bottle for a picnic on their lovely patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

The current vintage of the Estate Pinot Noir will set you back about $50 at the winery or retail.

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2007 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997, while working at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, Dan and Michael decided to pool their tips and venture into winemaking. Fifteen years later, Kosta Browne is one of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of California. At present time they produce three appellation Pinot Noirs, eight single vineyard Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay.

The 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of four vineyards. Two of these vineyards, Dutton Manzana and Kanzler are located near the southern end of the Russian River Valley appellation at the upper end of the Petaluma Gap. The remaining two, Gap’s Crown and Terra de Promissio, are located in the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast appellation lying directly in the path of the Petaluma Gap’s cooling influence.

Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. The nose is all about red fruits. Strawberries and raspberries in spades. Baking spice, mineral, pine needle, black cherry, cinnamon and cranberry on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. Bright acidity. Voluptuous and sexy while maintaining an earthy minerality. Everything you want in a California Pinot Noir and more. This wine showcases the exceptional ’07 vintage. The ’07 single vineyard wines from Kosta Browne should be a real treat.

My rating: 94 points.

The current vintage is priced at $58 and only available via the mailing list. As I mentioned in the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists, Kosta Browne is one of hardest lists to crack. Maybe so, but you’ve got nothing to lose by putting your name on the waiting list. Good luck!

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2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Alder Springs Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards, including Alder Springs Vineyard which is located on the outskirts of Laytonville in northern Mendocino County.

Really light red in color. 14.2% ABV. Cherry and spice on the nose. Clove, licorice, cherries, spice, earth, damp forest floor, pomegranate, raspberries and strawberry. Lots going on here. Silky and elegant with nice acidity. Great, lingering finish. It would be really exciting to try this wine at the 10 year mark.

My rating: 92 points.

Alder Springs is no longer a fruit source for Sojourn but their entire single vineyard lineup is exceptional. Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig (and Ziggy, his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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