2002 Williams Selyem "Ferrington Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1027949 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from fruit harvested early, at a crop level of barely a ton an acre, according to Cabral) Bright, dark ruby. High-toned aromas of blackberry, kirsch, bitter chocolate, violet and minerals. Then dense, concentrated and sweet in the mouth; distinctly creamy in texture but with a firm shell of acidity. Almost port-like flavors of medicinal blueberry, black cherry and licorice. Very interesting wine, with a relatively low pH of 3.45. This should develop slowly in bottle and last well. Cabral says the crop level here was too low, and the wine is a bit awkward today. 91+ (ST)  (5/2004)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Revealing outstanding potential, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2002 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard offers up licorice, black cherry, cola, and smoky aromas, a nicely textured, medium-bodied mouthfeel, and a rich, long, tannic finish. Give it 1-2 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 10-12 years. (RP)  (2/2005)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Completely opaque. An expressive nose of spice, particularly cinnamon and background notes of oak toast lead to very ripe, indeed showy flavors that offer excellent depth of material but quite a bit of unintegrated wood, which imparts a distinctly sweet taste to the finish. However, this is a seriously concentrated effort with impressive underlying material and my score reflects the assumption that the wood will be successfully absorbed over time.  (7/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Ultraripe, but well-executed, with jammy blackberry and raspberry fruit that's well-centered, with a smooth texture and ripe, fine-grained tannins and a touch of nutmeg on the finish. (JL)  (8/2004)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.