Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2009
Zinfandel from Russian River, California
This wine exhibits exceedingly concentrated flavors of wild raspberry, cassis, chocolate and Asian spice that explode in your mouth. The aromas are comparable, but with a high-toned, fragrant edge to them. Big, rich mouth coating grape tannins give way to an extended jammy finish.
International Wine Cellar - "Opaque ruby. Intensely aromatic nose offers candied red berries along with seductive notes of woodsmoke, spicecake and incense. Lush raspberry and blackberry compote flavors expand and deepen with air, with sweet floral pastille and cola notes coming up with air and lingering on the long, juicy finish. This suave, creamy, utterly seductive zin is already drinking awfully well. Cabral told me that these vines were planted in 1932."
Wine Enthusiast - "Strikes a nice balance between the softness of the ’08 and the firmness of the ’07. A beautiful Zinfandel, made in the winery’s style of big, ripely extracted fruit and high alcohol. Massive in raspberry and cherry jam, red licorice, gingersnap cookie, cola, clove, black pepper and smoky cedar flavors, its extraordinary richness is balanced with fine, thick tannins."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Zinfandel Papera Vineyard caresses the palate with dark red fruit, sweet herbs, tobacco, licorice and crushed flowers. There is an inner warmth and sweetness that gives the Papera much of its textured, open personality. I especially like the energy, focus and vibrancy. Exotic fruit, herb and spiced notes add complexity on the finish."
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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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Light & Fruity
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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