About the Producers
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.
Grape / Blend
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Predominately red-fruited, there is some underlying black fruit that adds depth. Notes of Asian five spice mix with dried herbs and minerals on the nose. In the mouth, the fireworks continue with an incredible balance of extract, tannin, and refreshing acidity. Red fruit flavors abound while minerals take over in the middle palate and finish with a surprising citrusy sensation. This is old-vine Zinfandel at its best!
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From old vines planted in 1895 on Olivet Lane in the Russian River Valley, the medium to deep ruby-purple colored 2016 Zinfandel Saitone Estate Vineyard is gregariously scented of brambly fruits, crushed blueberries, marionberry, peach preserves and oodles of stone fruits—classic tricolored Zinfandel fruits—plus accents of potpourri, dried flowers, dusty earth, cinnamon stick and licorice. The light to medium-bodied palate offers impressive restraint, with firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness on the long, spicy finish. 239 cases produced.
Product size: 750ml
From a private seller.