Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005

Pinot Noir from North Coast, California

Item No. 117009
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE95
  • ST92
  • RP90
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: 14.3%

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

Mocha and ripe wild cherries stand out in the nose of this concentrated wine. Racy cherry-cola flavors and rich fat tannins fill your mouth, along with truffles in the finish. The newer clonal plantings from this ranch are finally maturing and are now adding an immense amount of depth and complexity to this wine.

Critical Acclaim

"Even in its extreme youth, this lovely Pinot shows a supple elegance that’s almost drinkable now. Almost, but not quite. The tannins are ripe and smooth but thick, and the young raspberry, cherry and tangerine fruit needs time to develop and mesh with the oak. But it’s a beautiful wine, Williams Selyem’s best Ferrington in memory, and a near-perfect expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Hold until late 2008."
95 Points

"Bright ruby. Very sexy aromas of raspberry and cherry-cola, with a vibrant mineral overlay. Lush and velvety but at the same time bright and energetic, with fresh cherry and red berry flavors. Cabral told me that the pH here was 3.45 after the malolactic fermentation."
92 Points

"The 2005 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard exhibits a deep ruby color along with a nice, earthy, sweet nose of blue fruits, raspberries, and cherries. Medium-bodied with good acidity, light tannin, and a pure, Cote de Beaune-like style, it will drink well for 5-7 years. "
90 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 North Coast

Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other. Notable Facts Mendocino...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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