Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2012 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Williams Selyem Winery began when Ed Selyem and Burt Williams started making wine as a hobby in 1979 in Forestville, California. Their first commercial release was in 1981, and in less than two decades they created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Setting a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking, they put Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley at the forefront of the best Pinot Noir regions in the world.

Today, John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, work with winemaker Jeff Mangahas to carry on the passion for Pinot Noir without compromise. Other varieties bottled at Williams Selyem include Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc.

Bacigalupi Vineyard is situated on Westside Road, a few miles south of the town of Healdsburg. The Zinfandel vines date back to the 1950’s.

Bright red in color. 14.8% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, licorice and peach. Medium body with mouthwatering acidity. Perfectly balanced. Lush and sweet. Cherries, blood orange, baking spices and earth on the palate. The finish is long and supple. Really amazing Zinfandel made in a style that I find hard to resist. The best Zinfandel I have had so far this year. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 96 points.

I think the 2018 Bacigalupi Vineyard Zin will be on the upcoming Fall mailer.

Williams Selyem can periodically be found at retail, but the mailing list is highly recommended. The 2018 version of this wine was released earlier this Spring.

I wrote about Williams Selyem previously in Reflections on Two Days in Russian River Valley and The 2018 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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