How Burt Williams Became Pinot's Patron Saint
Thanks for the article. I am not shooting the messenger, but Patron Saint is a stretch and I say that as someone that was on his mailing list for over a decade while he was still making the wines at Williams Selyem. Many of his Pinot Noirs were some of the best California Pinots I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.
But the fact of the matter remains that he had a HUGE advantage over the average Pinot Noir producer because he had access to most of the best fruit in Sonoma such as Allen, Hirsch, Olivet, Rochioli West Block, East Block, Estate, etc. It is not like he was turning garbage into gold.
I would never wish to diminish Mr. Williams' contribution to US wines, and especially to the Pinot Noir grape. but I am not sure about all of the adjectives, the adulations and the deification. Yes - important, and that extends to some family members' wines too (think Brogan Cellars).
Still, I think that I would have stopped at "major contributor," but that is just me.