2005 Williams Selyem "Feeney" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Zinfandel Feeney Vineyard possesses a deep ruby color in addition to sweet, gamy, briery, peppery notes. With outstanding richness, surprising power for the vintage, and a lush finish...(RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. Deep and ripe but also vibrant on the nose, with energetic red and dark berry scents. Fleshy in texture, with sweet blackberry and blueberry flavors supported by velvety tannins. Really suave, seamless wine that Cabral says was made using the same methods as the winery's pinots. This is frighteningly easy to drink.
Big, raw and frankly not really showing its best now, this young Zin needs time in the bottle. It has everything that it takes for two or three years aging, at least. Aromas and flavors of crushed pepper, fennel seed and cardamom spice up the blackberry, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate flavors, while the tannins are hefty, but negotiable.
This is supple, balanced and juicy, showing raspberry, boysenberry, pepper and toasty licorice notes, with an appealing balance between the bright acidity and ripe tannins. Who says Zinfandel can't be elegant? (JL)