Nicely expansive flavors of maraschino cherries, boysenberries, earth and fresh spices best illustrate this vintage. A very fruit driven wine, as always, with expressive grape tannins exhibiting great weight in the mouth and finishing long. My final sip finished with a fresh baked cherry pie aftertaste that is accentuated by the balanced acids in this wine. The extracted tannin will soften with several years of patient cellaring.
"Ferrington is one of Anderson Valley's best vineyards, and Willimas Selyem has done an exceptional job with this impressive young '09. It's bone dry and fairly tannic, and the cherry and raspberry fruit flavors are balanced with earthy notes of cola, grilled mushrooms and dusty Indian spices. But it needs time. Better after 2015.
"Vivid ruby. High-pitched, seductive aromas of strawberry preserves, Asian spices, smoke and anise, with a strong mineral overtone. Juicy, tight and youthfully imploded but minerally and strikingly intense, with zesty red berry and bitter cherry flavors and solid tannic spine. Showing more minerality than sweet fruit today, this is built to age. Finishes with excellent length and resonating spice and floral notes."
International Wine Cellar
"This red is deliciously pure and complex, with ripe, rich black cherry and raspberry fruit that's spicy and detailed. Deftly balanced. The finish features a minerally edge and a creamy oak overlay, which leaves this mouthwatering. Drink now through 2020. 699 cases made."