2005 Williams Selyem "Forchini" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
This single-vineyard Zin is a considerable improvement over the ‘04. The alcohol in the ‘05 is far lower, almost a full percent, yielding a more balanced and harmonious wine. But it’s hardly shy. It’s powerful in wild blackberry, cassis, raspberry, root beer, tangerine, chocolate and sweet thyme, while the tannic structure is rich enough to warrant bottle aging for a decade.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard (416 cases) possesses high acidity, and is a much leaner, tart, austere wine with a jagged finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Intensely floral nose offers suave, spicy raspberry and strawberry preserve aromas. This has pinot-like clarity and sweetness, with bright red berry flavors, silky tannins and a long, elegant finish. Possesses excellent balance and concentration for cellaring but the bright, lively fruit makes it easy to drink now.
Focused, with plum and spicy caramel aromas leading to concentrated yet supple black cherry and licorice flavors that take on a briary richness toward the finish.