2002 Williams Selyem - Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard 750ml

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Rating: 94
Author: swimmer
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/16/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Noted for their Pinot, W&S Zins take no back to any. The Forchini 2002 was drinking amazingly well. Big fruit with rasberry/cherry/strawberry flavors with solid oak structure. Not overly alcoholic and very fruit friendly. I wish I had more of this star! Clearly will age well.

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Rating: 93
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/17/2013
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Rating: 92
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2007
Deeply hued with thick moderately pigmented legs. A classic big Zinfandel nose of wild berries (strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry), raw sugar, maple syrup, some briar, cherries jubilee, and a touch of vanilla with gamy overtones. Excellent acidity with a lengthy finish. Big Zins can often be tiring but this wine remains fairly light on its feet due to its acidity. A bit of a burn comes through on the back of the fruit as the wine ends.

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249 bottles owned by 124 collectors.

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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.

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Wine Varietal: Zinfandel


Zinfandel is a black grape variety of Croatian descent. With no ties to France, Zinfandel has actually been linked to the Primitivo grape of Italy, but California is where the majority of Zinfandel is grown. This variety possesses extremely versatile characteristics from light and fruity, to jammy and ripe with high alcohol. Growing Zinfandel can be difficult due to its packed clusters and short stems, which make the vines prone to uneven ripening and mildew. Preferring a warm climate, Zinfandel is also grown in other western states in the United States as well as in Australia and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Zinfandel include red berry fruits, raspberry, blackberry, anise and pepper.

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