2006 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard
Opaque ruby. Roomfilling bouquet offers kirsch, blackberry, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dried flowers. Deeply concentrated red and dark berry compote flavors coat the palate and are gently framed by soft tannins. Picks up bitter chocolate and candied licorice on the long, weighty finish. There's nothing shy about this zin, which I'd serve with strongly flavored foods, even ripe or blue cheeses. 92 points
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 08
--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The 2006 Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard (14.6% alcohol) has a dense ruby/purple color, a fabulous concentration of black fruits intermixed with camphor, pepper, seaweed, and charcoal. It is a beautiful wine that is earthy, full-bodied, and impressively pure. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
With over a dozen Pinot Noirs, one would think that winemaker Bob Cabral would be perennially stressed out having to deal with so many different vineyards. However, except for the blend of Russian River and Westside Road Neighbors, they are all legitimate vineyards, and I can fully comprehend why they would want to keep them separate. As I have said before, there is a clear “house” style, with wines tending to have a slightly higher acid profile, lower pHs. But there is no doubting that these are well-made wines which are, for the most part, age-worthy Pinot Noirs which, with some patience, reward cellaring. In 2006, a challenging vintage in the Russian River area (less so on the Sonoma Coast), the 2006 vintage has turned out well at Williams-Selyem. Of course, 2007 is a more fragrant, purer vintage from an integrity perspective, so those wines will be a no-brainer. I will comment on all the single vineyards, but as I write them, I must offer a word of advice: don’t dare ignore the brilliant Zinfandels and Chardonnays that Cabral turns out. They are not as renowned as the single-vineyard Pinots, but they are top-flight wines. A Pinot Noir that really depends on vintage for success is from the San Benito Valley south of San Francisco, home to the old Almaden winery.
by Robert Parker, Issue 180, December 2008
--The Wine Advocate
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