Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2008

Zinfandel from Russian River, California

$89.00 $69.99
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Item No. 108019
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • ST93
  • 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: 14.9%

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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 version of this wine exhibits very concentrated flavors of wild raspberry, cassis, espresso and black licorice that explode in your mouth. The aromas are quite similar but with more concentrated dark red fruits and juiciness. Rich tannins complement the jammy raspberry fruits that finish long and mouth watering from the wonderful natural acids.

Critical Acclaim

"Deep violet. Brooding aromas of cherry, bitter chocolate, licorice pastille, pepper and herbs; showing a serious side today. Firm, concentrated and powerful but not heavy, with creamy-sweet dark berry flavors leavened by a tangy mineral quality that runs through the wine. This deep, gently tannic wine should live to an old age on its sheer depth of fruit. Finishes with good grip and subtle, lingering tannins."
93 Points

"The 2008 Zinfandel Papera Vineyard has a more raspberry, blueberry, and boysenberry-infused nose, a similar dark opaque purple color, tart, high acids, medium to full body, and juicy fruit. I just don’t understand the heavy-handed acid adjustments, given what extraordinary fruit this wine possesses."
90 Points

Learn About Williams Selyem Map ItMap It

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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