2003 Williams Selyem "Feeney" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
My favorite 2003 Zinfandel is the Feeney Vineyard, an opaque purple-tinged effort offering an explosive bouquet of blackberries, currants, crushed rocks, underbrush, and incense. Deep, full-bodied, rich, and layered, with spectacular concentration as well as length, this 160-case blockbuster should drink well for 5-7 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated medium ruby. Crystallized black fruits, caramelized sugar and mission fig on the nose; smells like a jellied fruit candy. Then almost painfully intense in the mouth, with very pure flavors of candied dark fruits. Finishes with explosive length. An extraordinarily primary zinfandel that needs, and should reward, seven or eight years of aging. (15.8% alcohol; includes 5% alicante bouschet)
This wine has too much alcohol, namely 15.8%, and finishes hot and raisiny. Awkward exaggerations of what Zin should be.
Very ripe, with vivid, high-toned boysenberry and blackberry flavors that turn juicy ,and it seems a touch sweet, showing a bit of heat on the finish.