2001 Williams Selyem "Forchini - North Flats" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1033207 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium ruby-purple. High-pitched, perfumed aromas of raspberry liqueur, eucalyptus oil, cola and mint; at once resiny and quite subtle. Then juicy, intensely flavored and densely packed, with superb inner-mouth energy. A real essence of black fruits. Powerful and very long, with lingering notes of violet and licorice; the tannins spread out to coat the teeth. Cabral used only three- and four-year-old barrels for the 2001 zins. (ST)  (6/2003)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Zesty and still lively, delivering explosive pepper and boysenberry aromas that lead to rich, layered cherry tart flavors, with notes of cinnamon and smoke. Aging beautifully. (Web-2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The only 2001 Zinfandel I tasted was the Forchini Vineyard North Flats, a classic example with 15.8% alcohol. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big, peppery, briery bouquet displaying notes of underbrush and licorice in its viscous, fleshy, full-throttle texture. (RP)  (12/2003)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fairly bright, with tangy cherry and plum flavors. Tannins are silky, despite the brightness, with tea, coffee, spice and peppery notes on the finish. Long, lush and exciting to the end.  (11/2003)

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.