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Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2018

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750ML / 15.1% ABV
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750ML / 15.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A basket of summer berries comes to mind upon nosing this exuberant wine. Planted in 1895, these old vines are producing at the top of their game. Highlights of stone fruits mix with berry and blueberry notes to offer a dramatic aroma, while darker pitched elements of anise and allspice add additional layers. Vibrant and refreshing on the palate, the wine offers berry fruits, citrus peel, and wonderful minerality. For as powerful as this wine is, the palate retains a balance due to the zesty acidity and sheer extract from these old vines.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Brawny and aromatic in blackberry, dark cherry and dried herb, this old-vine wine is thick and well integrated. The flavors veer from rich and broad to savory and spicy, with a lasting element of crushed rock.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Zinfandel Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard has a medium ruby-purple color, opening to scents of tar, turned earth and aniseed over a dense core of blackberry and blueberry fruit. The medium-bodied palate is grainy and super fresh, offering more lift and nuance than the nose leads you to believe, and it finishes long and layered. Give it another couple years in bottle.
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Williams Selyem Winery , California
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Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, California, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. In less than two decades, Burt and Ed created a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Together they set a new standard for Pinot Noir winemaking in the United States, aligning Sonoma County's Russian River Valley in the firmament of the best winegrowing regions of the world. Today John and Kathe Dyson, who purchased the winery from Burt and Ed in 1998, carry on the passion for Pinot Noir winemaking without compromise. As for the wines... they just keep getting better and better.

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel has secured it’s title as the darling of California vintners by adapting well to the states’ diverse microclimates and landscapes. Born in Croatia, it later made its way to southern Italy where it was named Primitivo. Fortunately, the imperial nursery of Vienna catalogued specimens of the vine, which sourced a journey to New England in 1829. Parading the true American spirit, Zinfandel found a new home in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Somm Secret—California's ancient vines of Zinfandel are those that survived the neglect of Prohibition; today these vines produce the most concentrated, ethereal and complex examples.

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