Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008
Zinfandel from Russian River, California
The grapes for this wine come from a small block of old vine zinfandel in the Russian River Valley. The Bacigalupi zinfandel vineyard is less than 2 acres of 90+ year-old head pruned vines, which naturally yield low tonnage that produces very concentrated wines.
The nose exhibits concentrated aromas of wild raspberries and strawberry preserves with dark chocolate and Malabar pepper. The unadulterated wild raspberry jam flavor fills your mouth with hints of roasted cocoa, coffee and fresh black figs. Full and concentrated tannins in the mouth finish broad, lush and maturely creamy. Low yields due to a Spring frost only concentrated this wonderful fruit.
International Wine Cellar - "Glass-staining ruby. Pure, high-pitched aromas of strawberry, raspberry, fresh herbs and violet, with complicating notes of leather and sassafras. Suave, seamless and very fresh, with a peppery quality and subtle soil tones complementing the sweet red and dark berry flavors. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and excellent spicy persistence. In a rather old-school zin style, about more than just power."
Wine Spectator - "Everything you're looking for in a Zinfandel: richness, complexity, balance and zestiness. Aromas of black raspberry, licorice and pepper lead to supple flavors of huckleberry, sage and toasty caramel. Drink now through 2014."
Williams Selyem Winery
Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the United States, aligning Sonoma County's Russian River Valley in the firmament of the best winegrowing regions of the world. Today John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking without compromise. As for the wines... they just keep getting better and better. View all Williams Selyem Winery Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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