2002 Williams Selyem "Feeney" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep ruby. Extravagant aromas of framboise, smoke, truffle, tobacco and chocolate, with strong forest floor notes. Highly concentrated but less expansive than the Bacigalupi; flavor of dark berry liqueur. Less juicy and jammy than the Bacigalupi, and less sweet on the back end, but the tannins are well buffered and there's excellent persistence of flavor. 91+ (ST)
The downside of this wine is its enormous alcohol, nearly 16 percent. That’s the price you pay for a dry wine with gargantuan flavors. Black currants, cherry pie, tobacco, pepper, bitter chocolate and dill only begin to describe the palate. Yet the wine is balanced and even elegant. Truly an only-in-California experience.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Zinfandel Feeney Vineyard (which includes 3% Alicante in the blend) exhibits animal/garrigue-like characteristics along with notions of new saddle leather, roasted meats, herbs, and wild mountain fruits and flowers. This is a rustic, full-throttle, hulking Zin... (RP)
*One Star* If perhaps better known as a first-rate producer of fine Pinot Noir, Williams Selyem scores well with a brace of outgoing Zins. The first, from Feeney Vineyard, is a big, well-fruited wine with very sweet themes of cherries and berries enriched with touches of coffee and smoke...
Along with ripe plum and raspberry flavors there's a twinge of dill that gives it a sour cherry edge. (Web-2004)