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Williams-Selyem Zinfandel Russian River Valley Forchini Vineyard 2003

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93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): 16.2% alcohol) Deep medium ruby. Brooding aromas of black fruits, ripe raspberry, earth and oak; a bit more typical of zinfandel than the Feeney bottling. Sweet, generous and pliant, with great depth of fruit. With its slightly more open-knit texture and lower acidity, this comes across as a tad warmer than the other 2003 zinfandels at this address. Finishes broad and dry. All three of these bottlings are from vines at least 90 years old. (May 2005)

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Williams-Selyem:
Today, the winemaking torch has been passed into the skillful hands of a carefully selected team headed by Executive Winemaker, Bob Cabral. They share a passion that requires a strong but intuitive approach, given the capricious nature of the varietal. These artisans respect and employ the original handcrafted approach to winemaking that has made Williams Selyem wines so sought after today. ... Read more
Today, the winemaking torch has been passed into the skillful hands of a carefully selected team headed by Executive Winemaker, Bob Cabral. They share a passion that requires a strong but intuitive approach, given the capricious nature of the varietal. These artisans respect and employ the original handcrafted approach to winemaking that has made Williams Selyem wines so sought after today. The winery carefully executes the Williams Selyem philosophy of "respecting the juice." From fermentation to bottling, including the no pumping and filter-free methods, the winemakers use these processes to ensure that the quality of the wine is not compromised. Fortunately, they seem to have none of the typical pressures that many wineries do today and are therefore able to focus strictly on quality. This almost ceremonial approach to creating these wines can be tasted in every bottle. Bob says there's no other place he'd rather be making wine than in the Russian River Valley. Much like the philosophy of Burt and Ed, Bob has forged and fostered successful relationships with many of the growers who have stayed with the winery from its inception. By following proven traditions of respecting the individuality of the growers and vineyards from which they source their fruit, Williams Selyem wines continue to deliver their distinctive taste. On the standing commitment to extraordinary quality at the winery, Bob says, "We respect the grower, the vineyard, we respect the fruit coming in and we take care of the process tenaciously with minimal interference. We exercise patience at every stage and I have to say, we are richly rewarded for that. We like to share those rewards with the people who love our wines." As for the wines…they just keep getting better and better. Read less

93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): 16.2% alcohol) Deep medium ruby. Brooding aromas of black fruits, ripe raspberry, earth and oak; a bit more typical of zinfandel than the Feeney bottling. Sweet, generous and pliant, with great depth of fruit. With its slightly more open-knit texture and lower acidity, this comes across as a tad warmer than the other 2003 zinfandels at this address. Finishes broad and dry. All three of these bottlings are from vines at least 90 years old. (May 2005)

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