Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2008

Zinfandel from Russian River, California

Item No. 108065
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • ST93
  • WS92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
93 Points

"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."
92 Points

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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...

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Learn About Russian River

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...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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