History and Background
Williams Selyem began as a simple passion project in the 1970s when friends Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in a garage in Sonoma County, California. Their dedication to meticulous winemaking practices and sourcing of high-quality fruit quickly gained them acclaim. By the 1980s, their Pinot Noirs were recognized as some of the best in America. The winery was officially established in 1981, and over the years, it has grown in both size and reputation, becoming one of the most sought-after brands for Pinot Noir in the United States.
Vineyards and Terroir
Williams Selyem sources grapes from a range of vineyards in Sonoma County, particularly the Russian River Valley:
- Soil Composition: The vineyards typically feature Goldridge sandy loam soils, which are well-draining and ideal for Pinot Noir.
- Grape Varieties: While best known for their Pinot Noir, Williams Selyem also produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and a few other varietals.
Wine Style and Production
Williams Selyem is celebrated for producing wines that are:
- Elegant and balanced, with a clear emphasis on showcasing the terroir and the varietal characteristics.
- Produced using traditional methods, including open-top fermentation and aging in French oak barrels.
Williams Selyem has achieved cult status among wine enthusiasts, particularly for its Pinot Noirs. Their wines are known for their finesse, depth, and complexity. The winery's commitment to quality, both in the vineyard and the cellar, has solidified its reputation as a premier producer in Sonoma County.
Williams Selyem stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of American Pinot Noir. Through a combination of passion, dedication to the craft, and a deep understanding of the Sonoma terroir, the winery produces wines that are not only reflective of their origin but also rank among the best in the country. For those seeking the pinnacle of New World Pinot Noir, Williams Selyem offers an unparalleled experience of elegance and authenticity.