Vineyard: Salzgeber

AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2011 WesMar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0.% alc., $37. A blend of the three vineyard sources in this vintage. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Gorgeous aromatics featuring bright scents of blueberries, pomegranate juice, cherry, and whole cluster spice. The flavors echo the nose with plenty of Asian 5-spice compliment. The tannins are balanced and the finish has a good grip of refreshing acidity. A bit unusual for Russian River Valley in that the fruit veers to blueberries rather than black cherries, but spice lovers will relish this wine. Score: 91. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 WesMar Salzgeber Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $42. · Aromatically inviting scents of black cherry, blueberry and exotic whole cluster spice. A gentle wine that is soft and velvety on the palate, offering modest fine-grain tannins and good supporting acidity. Reasonably good depth of dark red cherry and blueberry flavor with a welcome touch of spice. Needs time. Score: 89. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 WesMar Salzgeber Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $42. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Powerful aromatics offering scents of dark red berry preserves, sandalwood and tea leaf, picking up intensity over time in the glass. A very graceful wine with considerable charm, exhibiting intense flavors of black cherries, blueberries and plum which expand in the mouth and finish with remarkable persistence. Very flavorful, yet modest in weight, with good integration of acidity and tannins. A complete wine. Very good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 WesMar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 280 cases, $35. From Salzgeber and Balletto vineyards. Denise says this will age as well as the vineyard-designated wines. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromatics featuring well-spiced Bing cherries, nutmeg and cardamom. Medium-weight cherry core with added notes of dark raspberries and cranberries and the faintest oak in the background. Refreshingly crisp and silky smooth with a floral aromatic tone on the lively finish. My only nit is that the wine is lacking a bit in fruit intensity needed to balance the zesty acidity. Good. Reviewed January 11, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Wesmar Salzgeber Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 97 cases, $40. Denise feels this is the best wine since 2004 when they began buying fruit from this vineyard and very traditional Russian River Valley in flavor. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. The nose needs time to open, but once it does, it is very appealing for its hi-tone aromas of cherries, strawberries, rose petals and graham. Relatively light in weight with charming redder fruits, firm tannins and lively acidity. Silky and elegant in style. Much better two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A shy wine currently that will benefit from decanting or further cellaring for at least 2 to 3 years. Very good (+). Reviewed January 11, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 WesMar Salzgeber Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $40. · A chameleon of a wine, constantly changing in the glass over time revealing a panoply of aromas and flavors. The core of red and black cherries and berries make a delicious medley that hits a high note on the divine finish. There are some savory and herbal notes which in some vintages are overwhelming in this wine, but nicely integrated in this vintage. Beautifully balanced with a pleasing silkiness and supple tannins that make for easy drinking. A special date night Pinot. Reviewed January 27, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 WesMar Salzgeber Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 129 cases, $45. · This wine shows the earthy side of WesMar and is typical of this vineyard. Lovely scent of cherries, herbs, and oak spice. Earth-kissed dark stone fruits with a moderate tannic edge suggesting age ability. Smoothly textured with a very long finish that has oak adding spicy layers to a satisfying conclusion. Very good. Reviewed October 29, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 WesMar Salzgerber Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 129 cases, $45. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Bing cherry fruit aromas infused with fennel. Tasty core of red cherries and berries accented with flavors of mushrooms and fresh-cut, grassy herbs. Demure and charming in style. Nothing to complain about, but doesn’t excite at this time. Youthful, so wait on this one. Good. Reviewed November 24, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 WesMar Salzgeber Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 157 cases, $40. · Great nose. Vivid scents of fresh berry pie with a hint of baking spices including cinnamon. Delicious cherry and red berry core that really clings to the palate and lingers. A striking wine that has plenty of t ‘n a and the impeccable balance to last. Holds up beautifully over time in the glass. Russian River Valley Pinot at its finest. Even better later in the day from an opened bottle (my wife and I polished it off at dinner). Reviewed October 6, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »