2002 Williams Selyem "Ferrington Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(from fruit harvested early, at a crop level of barely a ton an acre, according to Cabral) Bright, dark ruby. High-toned aromas of blackberry, kirsch, bitter chocolate, violet and minerals. Then dense, concentrated and sweet in the mouth; distinctly creamy in texture but with a firm shell of acidity. Almost port-like flavors of medicinal blueberry, black cherry and licorice. Very interesting wine, with a relatively low pH of 3.45. This should develop slowly in bottle and last well. Cabral says the crop level here was too low, and the wine is a bit awkward today. 91+ (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Revealing outstanding potential, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2002 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard offers up licorice, black cherry, cola, and smoky aromas, a nicely textured, medium-bodied mouthfeel, and a rich, long, tannic finish. Give it 1-2 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 10-12 years. (RP)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Completely opaque. An expressive nose of spice, particularly cinnamon and background notes of oak toast lead to very ripe, indeed showy flavors that offer excellent depth of material but quite a bit of unintegrated wood, which imparts a distinctly sweet taste to the finish. However, this is a seriously concentrated effort with impressive underlying material and my score reflects the assumption that the wood will be successfully absorbed over time.
Ultraripe, but well-executed, with jammy blackberry and raspberry fruit that's well-centered, with a smooth texture and ripe, fine-grained tannins and a touch of nutmeg on the finish. (JL)