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Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017

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750ML / 15.1% ABV
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Critical Acclaim

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
From a historic site in the heart of the appellation, this hearty red is beautifully laced in flavors of dried plum, earth and spiced cake. There’s an underlying raciness to the acidity that keeps it fresh and focused.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep ruby-purple, the 2017 Zinfandel Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard has a wonderful nose of peach cobbler, blueberry and boysenberry jam, black fruit preserves and floral perfume. Medium to full-bodied with concentrated fruits in the mouth, it has firm, slightly chewy tannins and a long finish packed with spicy layers.
W&S 91
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Peter Fanucchi farms seven acres of mixed blacks on Wood Road, the vines planted in 1890, the census 90 percent zinfandel interspersed with alicante bouchet and petite sirah. He carefully times the tilling of the vineyard to sustain the dry-farmed vines, working organically and limiting his sulfur applications to two or three times per year. This is the second Williams Selyem release from this vineyard, brought into the stable by winemaker Jeff Mangahas, who worked with Fanucchi’s grapes at Hartford Family. His 2017 is ripe, rich and smoky, supercharged with red fruit and perked up by dusty spice in the tannins. It feels complete, a pleasurable zin with years of development ahead.

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Williams Selyem Winery , California
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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 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.
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Russian River

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Zinfandel

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. And it fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel was born in Croatia and later made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly expresses powerful notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often expresses red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics of juniper and menthol.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

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