Williams-Selyem enjoys a near mythical reputation and holds an important place in the history of Californian wine. It was one of the first wineries to embrace the potential of the Sonoma Coast and Russian River, particularly vineyard designated* Pinot Noir, and is described as the ultimate ‘garage’ winery by Robert M. Parker Jr.
The iconic winery was the first pinot-centered producer in North America and one of the first to sell its entire production to a customer based mailing list. Allocations are small and all customers pay the same price, including restaurants. There is no cellar door/tasting room at the winery. Williams Selyem defined Russian River pinot, setting the benchmark by which American pinots were and are judged. From the beginning the philosophy was strictly about quality, not profit, and still is.
(*A vineyard designated wine is a wine produced from the product of a single vineyard with that vineyard's name appearing on the wine label.)