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2001 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard North Flats

  • 92 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 94 IWC
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SKU: 93346-2001-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($32) Good medium ruby-purple. High-pitched, perfumed aromas of raspberry liqueur, eucalyptus oil, cola and mint; at once resiny and quite subtle. Then juicy, intensely flavored and densely packed, with superb inner-mouth energy. A real essence of black fruits. Powerful and very long, with lingering notes of violet and licorice; the tannins spread out to coat the teeth. Cabral used only three- and four-year-old barrels for the 2001 zins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    A rich, intense, vibrant style, with loads of black cherry, blackberry, wild berry and boysenberry flavors, it shows off lots of extra flavor facets, with excellent structure and a long, flavorful finish. 425 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2008
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The only 2001 Zinfandel I tasted was the Forchini Vineyard North Flats, a classic example with 15.8% alcohol. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big, peppery, briery bouquet displaying notes of underbrush and licorice in its viscous, fleshy, full-throttle texture. Despite its youth, power, and exuberance, it should be drunk over the next 4-5 years.

    It's a shame Williams-Selyem does not receive more recognition for their Zinfandels as they are full-throttle, high octane reds beautifully balanced by crisp acidity (probably adjusted).
    Drink Dates: 2003-2008
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • The emergence of Williams Selyem as one of California's Pinot Noir leaders is an improbable success story. Founders Burt Williams and Ed Selyem started making wine under the Hacienda del Rio Winery label in a garage in Fulton. Their first wine was a 1981 Zinfandel, but very soon after they began their quest for great Pinot Noir. By the late 1980s, Williams had retired as a typesetter and Selyem had left his job as a wine retailer, and they devoted themselves full-time to winemaking. In 1997, John Dyson bought the winery with plans of planting a 20-acre Russian River vineyard and gradually expanded production. Williams continued to make wine into 2000, after which time Bob Cabral, formerly of Alderbrook and Hartford Court, took over as Executive winemaker.

    Quality across the board is exceptionally high, with especially notable Pinot Noirs. There are no secrets to Williams Selyem's success: they seek low yield, fully ripened grapes from superb vineyard sources.

    See other similar producers:Kosta Browne Winery,Siduri,Kistler Vineyards

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 57 bottles owned
    • 22 collectors