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2005 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard

  • 91 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
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SKU: 93345-2005-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($45) Bright red. Intensely floral nose offers suave, spicy raspberry and strawberry preserve aromas. This has pinot-like clarity and sweetness, with bright red berry flavors, silky tannins and a long, elegant finish. Possesses excellent balance and concentration for cellaring but the bright, lively fruit makes it easy to drink now.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Focused, with plum and spicy caramel aromas leading to concentrated yet supple black cherry and licorice flavors that take on a briary richness toward the finish.
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2005 Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard possesses high acidity, and is a much leaner, tart, austere wine with a jagged finish.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Ripe and concentrated zin fruit. Full-bodied yet balanced. Lengthy finish with pleasing spiciness.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2017
    Author: StuTarheel
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

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 111 bottles owned
  • 64 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 64 collectors)