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2017 Tasting Notes

WesMar Winery Hellenthal Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noir2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard

As we have mentioned before, the Hellenthal vineyard can span a range of expressions. Some years it shows itself to be bold and brawny, while other years it is timid and feminine. This vintage offers a Pinot Noir that is more the former. Although shy on the nose at this stage, there are aromas of dark berries, brown sugar and vanilla. On the palate are concentrated flavors of dried cranberries with lesser influences of dark stone fruits. This tannin structured age worthy wine has an encompassing mouthfeel with a concentration that hangs on the palate. Hellenthal lovers rejoice.

WesMar Winery Balletto Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noir2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard

We have always considered the Hellenthal vineyard the bellwether in the years in which it has excelled, but lately the Balletto vineyard has closed the gap, not only with its consistency, but with its depth of flavors. The Balletto has the most revealing nose from this vintage at this early stage. It displays aromas of candied dark fruits, rose petals with a lesser hint of that typical white pepper. A taste offers a velvety entry of black plum that softens to red plum mid palate. There is brisk acidity, drying fruit tannins, a slight pepper essence leading to a long finish to round out the experience. It is becoming more clear to Kirk what has always been clear to Denise and many of you.

WesMar Winery Oehlman Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard

The Oehlman vineyard can wear two distinct masks based on the harvest brix and/or the vintage. Picked earlier with less sugar its profile can be light delicate red fruits quite nuanced by orange zest, baking spices while remaining light on its feet. On the other end of the spectrum, in vintages where the fruit is harvested later with more brix or stemming from a more structured vintage, the expression is bold red fruits, not nearly as nuanced but stronger in flavor and more similar to our other Pinots. This vintage reflects the later. While the nose shows prettiness to it, suggesting delicate red fruits and a dash of spice. On the palate the experience is dark red berries, perhaps mixed with some dried red plum, tailing off with a suggestion of honey or wafer. This vintage is more structured than normal with stronger fruit tannins than most vintages. In spite of its departure from a typical Oehlman, this wine will please due to its strength of experience and will pull in those who might find the Oehlman on the lighter side.

WesMar Winery RRV 2017 Pinot Noir2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Oh boy are we excited about this wine. Is proud parenthood showing through? We know that our estate fruit only makes up 25% of this blend, with 50% being comprised of Oehlman fruit and the other 25% being Balletto fruit. Although our 5th leaf (5 seasons of growth) fruit is young, its components definitely added to the blend. The R.R.V. shows the red fruits from the Oehlman, the body and mouthfeel from the Balletto and a brambly forest component that we are attributing to the estate fruit. This blend shows its true R.R.V. heritage with red fruit elements, tea, modest fruit tannins finishing long on the palate.

WesMar Winery Sonoma Coast 2017 Pinot Noir2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

The Sonoma Coast is a blend of the Hellenthal vineyard (66%) and Balletto vineyard (34%). This wine marries the lush dark fruits from these coastal vineyards and delivers a power packed experience. The nose reveals aromas of black stone fruits, cocoa with a hint of spice leaching from Balletto’s white pepper. A taste reveals a deep brooding experience with candied dark stone fruits, mixed berries, structured tannins with a finish that hangs in the mouth. Due to its blend expect this wine to hold its own against the designates.

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Tasting Notes 2016

2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard

This vintage of Hellenthal is wonderfully balanced offering an elegant, weighty wine in a more feminine style. On the nose are aromas of stone fruits, anise and vanilla beans. A taste reveals integrated flavors of blueberries and blackberries in front of a light vein of red cherries coupled with a touch of minerality, a dusting of anise and hints of honeysuckle. The abundant fruit tannins highlight the structure offering a very balanced long finishing wine that will age gracefully for years to come..

2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard

A wonderful nose of blue and black fruits mixed with the characteristic white pepper that is so vibrant in many vintages of Balletto. While the flavor profiles from this vineyard can vary from vintage to vintage, the consistency does not. Flavors of black cherries, candied black plums mingle with the vibrant white pepper that morphs into more of a spiciness as the wine opens. There is a quenching citrus essence and lively acidity married to some additional stem tannin that couples with the fruit elements to showcase a wonderful wine whose flavor continues to linger and linger.

2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard

Intense floral aromas lead the experience alongside red fruits and tea. It opens with a bursting entry of raspberry jam, joined by a sweet cranberry flavor which is nuanced by orange rind, followed by black tea leaves and those typical baking spices that the less ripe vintages of Oehlman highlight. These elements are framed by fruit tannins leading into a long palate holding finish. This is one of those ah ha vintages of Oehlman.

2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This pretty Russian River Valley owes its base to the Salzgeber vineyard with lesser support from the Oehlman and Balletto vineyards. The aromas in this blend offer lively red fruits, cocoa and spice. There are flavors of strawberries, salmonberries and black cherries up front with some cola, honey and toasted nuts further down the line. The fruit tannins so ever present in the Salzgeber vineyard offer the structure to carry the beautiful fruits to the finish..

2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Owing to its parents (Hellenthal and Balletto) the Sonoma Coast offers a nose suggesting both black and red fruits with of course that white pepper from Balletto. On the palate are fruit flavors that run the spectrum from dark stone fruits to dark candied red fruits offering structuring stem tannin and a spiciness. The fruit flavors lurch to the forefront and fill the mid-palate, offering a density and complexity that allow a lingering finish. This wine is after all a Hellenthal entry, a Balletto mid-palate and a matrimonial finish.

2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County (aka Salzgeber Vineyard)

Aromas of dried red fruits and plum. The palate shows red cherries, plums offered through the vibrant entry well into the mid palate. The traditional Salzgeber fruit tannins are harmoniously integrated with the fruit expression. There is a freshness and palate quenching essence that carries through to the mouth coating finish.

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Tasting Notes 2015

2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard

The usually shy aromas of Hellenthal are on full display offering an alluring mix of both red & black stone fruits, mixed berries, cocoa and earthy elements. Upon savoring the palate, complex layers of dried black plum, concentrated wild black berries exist harmoniously alongside citrus elements, honey, minerality and fruit tannins that showcase a completely captivating wine experience. The depth and longevity of flavors are intoxicating.

2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard

This vintage offers a seductively prettier Salzgeber than the more normal strong fruit tannined version. The nose suggests rich red fruits, cola and river stones. A sip encourages finding full flavored Satsuma plums, Rainier cherries, notes of cinnamon, hints of toasted oak that lead to this vineyard’s signature fruit tannined framework, highlighted by a plush and velvety finish.

2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard

This 2015 bottling is another outstanding example from this consistent vineyard. The bouquet is perfumery and very florally driven displaying blueberries, rose petals and hints of chocolate. The piquant flavors of blackberry jam lead, followed by more subtle supporting blueberries sprinkled with a dusting of chocolate. The white pepper essence always present in young Balletto bottlings is masquerading as nuanced allspice. This wine has a voluptuous mouthfeel, strength of fruit and engulfing body all bundled inside the bottle.

2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard

Most years the Oehlman bottling vacillates between its more feminine and delicate flavored profile to its bigger bolder expression depending on vintage and harvest brix. This vintage the Oehlman displays the elegance of the lighter profile with the robustness of the bigger and riper vintage. The typical Oehlman aromas exist offering lighter red fruits, orange blossom, tea and spices. The palate flavors are supportive of the aromas, but very robust in nature. The cranberry/raspberry flavors are bold and intense, the orange essence is more orange zest or juice than blossom, followed by black tea and baking spices. These flavors are in a holding pattern in the mouth while the mind races to catch up to the experience.

2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This seductive blend of Russian River components will make one’s nose perk up to the lively aromatics of dried red fruits, anise, citrus and tea. The flavors derived from the blend showcase the makeup: Balletto’s dark fruits & spice with everything nice 43%, Rochioli’s bold red fruits 25%, Oehlman’s cran/rasp & orange zest prettiness 17% and Salzgeber’s dried red fruits and fruit tannins 15%. Warning! Must be tried to be believed.

2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Yes, you read the headline correctly, Chardonnay from WesMar. As our Pinot Noirs are crafted, this is fruit forward and acidicly driven. The 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay assaults your nose with tropical aromas that snap one’s head back making one think of the floralness of Viognier on the nose. The palate offers sweet tropical fruits, lesser notes of lemon cream, Golden Delicious apple all framed in a viscous, minimally oaked, lasting experience.

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Tasting Notes 2014

2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard

Every vintage we struggle to describe the Hellenthal Pinot Noir. Sure, most years it is the richest fruit with which we work, but we find ourselves asking: what is its predominate fruit makeup, why is the nose so shy in its early development, do those background flavors come from the earthy or mineral side, why are some of the clusters large berried and others tiny berried. After conferring with the Hellenthals, we can honestly tell you it is still a mystery. What we do know is that the vineyard is planted to three different clones, two whose profile should be dark fruits and one that should be lighter red fruits. These inter-planted clones create a wonderful mélange of flavors that challenge traditional tasting notes. The 2014 Hellenthal is just such a bottling, displaying a vibrantly sweet yet elusive nose. On the palate dark berries lead with more subtle red fruits trailing, offering an intense concentration of flavors. There are notable fruit tannins that add structure and definition. The complex flavors offer a depth of layers and the staying power to persist on the palate seemingly forever. As we recently acknowledged to each other, the best Hellenthal vintages have another gear that most wines do not posses. Welcome to a Grand Cru bottling.

2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard

The Salzgeber vineyard located very near the Russian River is true to its appellation. The Salzgeber offers one the most varietally accurate expressions of Russian River Pinot Noir. It has aromas of red fruits and a touch of minerality. In the glass one discovers red cherry and red plum flavors, balanced with the typical Salzgeber drying fruit tannins that add a texture to the experience, finishing with notes of tea, cinnamon and vanilla.

2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard

As is typical of the Balletto vineyard, some years more than others, this vintage has an initial nose of light white pepper with dark fruits lingering behind. On the palate can be found a mouthwatering entry of blueberries, secondary flavors of black plum and a velvety texture. The hints of white pepper that are found in the nose morph into spiciness on the palate. This full bodied finish is so long it stains the palate.

2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard

Due to its lower alcohol this vintage of Oehlman is showing its more traditional self, offering a nose of orange rind, tea leaves and honeysuckle. Luscious flavors of sweet Orange/Cranberry fruits with an almost candied nature exist within a framework of soft tannins with a subtle oak impression, lingering long on the palate. The Oehlman’s lighter fruit profile and feminine nature couple with wonderful mouthfeel and balance to create a harmonious experience.

2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

The Russian River Valley offers a multitude of aromas ranging from light to darker red fruits through to floral notes and baking spices. This wonderful blend showcases many of the fruits of its origin offering the beautiful Oehlman entry with its sharply focused flavors and interest, followed by the boldness of the Balletto fruit, accentuated by the fruit tannins of the Salzgeber. A truly rich and rewarding experience that shows off the best that the vintage has to offer.

2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Aromas of dark berries and sandalwood. This weighty Pinot Noir is an exotic blend of red and dark stone fruits. A sip reveals a blend of Hellenthal and Balletto that fills the mouth and continues delivering highly concentrated and addicting fruit flavors, with moderate fruit tannins in the foreground leading to an extremely fulfilling long finish.

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Tasting Notes 2013

2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard

The Salzgeber Vineyard has continued to mature over the years. The overt tannin structure and more course fruit flavors that existed in earlier years have changed to offer a wine that is now lead by softer pretty fruit with supportive background fruit tannins. The Salzgeber has aromas of dark red fruits leading into the usual flavors of red and black cherries, cocoa, cola and sandalwood. (128 cases).

2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard

Even though we have worked with this vineyard and these particular rows for over ten years now, we are still amazed that the vineyard characteristics differ year in and year out. The white pepper that has been present in recent vintages has been replaced this year by a subtle blend of baking spices. Aromas of berries and spice. Flavors of palate quenching black plums, blueberries with a touch of anise. This wine has a great mouth feel and long lasting flavors. (148 cases)

2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard

The Oehlman Vineyard has always vacillated between a lighter cran-raspberry profile and a more robust bright red cherry profile depending on the vintage and brix at picking. This year is more like the latter. The first impression is a jubilee of red fruit aromas and citrus. These alluring aromatics entice you to linger here before moving onto a taste. On the palate are sweet red cherries, dried cranberries, citrus rind and dark tea. This weighty experience of rich and bright red fruits is more Californian than some of the Burgundian like examples from the Oehlman wines of the past. (172 cases).

2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

A wonderful marriage or ménage a trios as it is between Oehlman on the entry, Balletto in the mid palate and framed by Salzgeber’s structure in the finish. Although Kirk almost always prefers the Sonoma Coast bottling to the Russian River Valley bottling, this vintage has caused him to take pause. This delightfully rich glass of Pinot Noir is unabashedly Russian River Valley with its complex flavors of red fruits that span the spectrum, finishing with a note of cinnamon and a touch of oak. (186 cases)

2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

After flirtatious thoughts that the Russian River Valley blend this year might be my favorite, I (Kirk) can once again pledge my allegiance to this Sonoma Coast bottling. There is just something special about how Hellenthal and Balletto Vineyards cohere. This year the Hellenthal fruit offers a little more structure to compliment the more revealing fruit side from the Balletto. The palate entry is a blast of dark berries and cocoa that leads to lively red berries mid palate and finishes with a long brisk viscosity. (141 cases)

2013 Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview

This bottling from the relatively new sub-appellation of Sonoma Coast will still be familiar to you. Like in 2006, we declassified this 100% Hellenthal Vineyard to note its departure from a typical Hellenthal profile. This 13% alcohol bottling offers sweet red raspberries, lively acidity while being structured but feminine. Due to its lighter profile, we expected the flavors to taper after tasting from the same bottle over four days. We were pleasantly surprised by its staying power. Like the 2006, the 2013 may take longer to come around, but will offer the rewards in the end. (148 cases)

2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County

The 2013 Sonoma County bottling is from a single vineyard source off of Westside Road in Healdsburg. This approachable full bodied wine has aromas of strawberry jam and cinnamon while the palate shows sweet ripe strawberries, dried cherries with complementary acidity and structure. Some of you will find this bold and rich Pinot Noir to be your favorite. (87 cases)

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Tasting Notes 2012

2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard

Aromas of stone fruits & spice. A very interesting array of both black and red fruits, making it very difficult to describe as it is quite complex. Predominately stone fruits that dance on the palate for a very very long time. This wine will pair beautifully with any rich meats, my choice would be lamb loin chops.

How is it that the most fruit forward wine on the palate can be so shy in the nose? The Hellenthal has a multifaceted fruit profile due to numerous clonal selections comprising the block from which we source. The Hellenthal has typically been either bold or timid depending on that years vintage. The 2012 is the best of both worlds with great fruit strength but oh so alluring.

2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard

Aromas of dried cherries. Flavors of strawberries, cherries and a hint of chocolate that tantalize the palate upon entry, carrying through the mid palate and right through the finish. An oven roasted chicken and a bottle of Salzgeber equals a great night.

Flavors of bing cherry, red plums with generous acidity lead to a velvety mouth feel offering that wonderful fruit tannin that we have come to love from this vineyard.

2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard

Aromas of black plums & tea. Flavors of black plum, blueberry, dark tea and a slight touch of tobacco are accompanied by a lovely spiciness that is intriguing all the way through to a bright long finish. Enjoy this wine alongside a barbequed steak & portabella mushrooms.

Following the 2011 Balletto which offered a robust fruit experience accented by black pepper, this vintage is a throwback to the standard dark fruits, slight white pepper and this year a hint of tobacco.

2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard

Aromas of pomegranate, Earl Grey tea and cocoa. Flavors of sweet dried cranberries folded into a honeysuckle essence with a dusting of orange peel. The long and viscous finish lingers & lingers. This very feminine yet independent wine will shine through any presentation from our oceans.

Sweet cherries and strawberries with a candied concentration offer an exceptional mouthful of flavor.

2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Aromas of strawberry and raspberry. Flavors of bright raspberry, red plums and black tea are wonderfully accentuated by a brisk acidity and mouth watering finish. This wine would complement a duck confit salad with dried fruits.

Rich red fruits stream in offering nice acidity, lots of viscosity finishing in a long balanced experience.

2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Aromas of cherry cola. Flavors of black plums flood the palate carrying a mouthcoating array of baking spices balanced nicely with fruit tannins. With this long finish and enveloping viscosity it would pair well with a pork tenderloin topped with a wild berry glaze.

A wonderful marriage of the Hellenthal and Balletto vineyards.

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Tasting Notes 2011

2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard (92 cases)

Aromas of bold red fruits and tea. Rich sweet cherries envelope the palate, the fruit tannins provide the backbone of this experience, notes of dark tea, finishing long and viscously. The Salzgeber has always displayed firm tannins, sometimes dominating the wine experience. The most recent vintages from this vineyard have shown a wonderful balance between the strength of the fruit and fruit tannins. (This is Denise’s favorite Salzgeber bottling to date).

2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard (193 cases)

Nose of jam like berry fruits and pepper. A concentrated array of dark berries and plum fill the palate carrying with it white pepper spice, great mid palate weight, a long lasting and complex finish.

2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard (192 cases)

Aromas of lighter red fruits, floral blossoms, citrus peel and a sweet spiciness. Sweet fruits of red cherry, strawberry and hints of citrus meld seamlessly with baking spices and vanilla. This bottling is a pretty expression of Pinot Noir.

2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley (254 cases)

Aromas of dark fruits and spice. A rich and complex jubilee of blackberries and cherries, soft notes of oak and finishing long, viscous and complex. We confess that there are no inferior vineyard sources going into our blends. As is always the case, the Russian River Valley is a blend of the above components. Can you tell us what percentage of which vineyards?

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Tasting Notes 2010

2010 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard (146 cases)

The Hellenthal always has a jam like concentration on the nose. Aromas of stone fruits. There are concentrated flavors of black plum, black cherry with hints of blackberry and a slight nuttiness towards the finish. This is a beautiful “Premier Cru” Pinot Noir.

2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard (146 cases)

This represents what we consider to be a classic Russian River Valley profile of flavors. Aromas of sweet red fruits. Rich flavors ofstrawberries and red cherries, with a creaminess mid palate, hints of vanilla and cola, finishing with wonderful structure.

2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard (195 cases)

Acute aromas of blueberries, with a mélange of baking spices. A sip reveals complex flavors ranging from dark to red fruits, the typical hint of white pepper and complimentary tannins throughout the long finish.

2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard (171 cases)

Ah! The nose. How can so much pleasure be derived by just the smell. The explosion on the palate is an intriguing mix of red fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, citrus blossoms and cinnamon. The long finish here gives one pause, as the natural tendency would be to rush for another pleasurable sip.

2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley (212 cases)

The usual suspect. An outstanding blend of the above vineyard designates. Notes of cherries, maple essence and inviting acidity. This wine delivers a viscous, mouth coating and lingering experience.

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Tasting Notes 2009

2009 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard (317 cases)

Many vineyards produce grapes of good quality year in and year out. The Hellenthal Vineyard is more fickle. We have always liked the wines produced from this vineyard, but the outstanding vintages have set the bar so high, that a more normal year is almost disappointing. This 2009 offering is one of those outstanding vintage examples from this vineyard that sits on a mountain top in the hills above Cazadero. The vineyard is such a mixture of clones and rootstocks that it is hard to pin down flavor characteristics that may have derived from a particular clone or rootstock. However, this melange of seductively enticing flavors and nuances is unparalleled in the WesMar lineup. This Hellenthal exhibits robust dark and red fruit flavors, defining tannins, lots of structure and a finish that is still going. The telling characteristics here are the strength, concentration and linger of the flavors.

2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard (74 cases)

The Salzgeber Vineyard is on the northern end of the Russian River Valley appellation, located approximately a half a mile from the river in Healdsburg. This vineyard is unique in that Jack and Phyllis Salzgeber have planted multiple varietals that would normally excel in more distinctive varietal districts. One would think it strange that Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc would grow on the same plot of land. In this vineyard it meets with success. We have worked with this vineyard since the 2004 vintage. Every year the vineyard has produced a wonderful Pinot Noir with deep red fruits, more red cherry than strawberry, with a plum like acidity, vibrant fruit tannins that compliment the fruit strength, finishing robustly.

2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard (194 cases)

We have been producing wine from this vineyard for eight years. While John Balletto farms approximately 1% of all of the grapes produced in Sonoma County (and that is a lot of grapes) we are always appreciative of his small farmer practices. The care and quality that goes into his vineyards is of the utmost importance to him and these efforts are apparent in the end result. He is always available to hear our comments on vineyard conditions that we encounter while monitoring our block of ripening fruit. When we first began buying fruit from John, we had our choice of a multitude of clones, rootstocks and trellising systems. Due to the proximity of this vineyard to the influences from the Bodega Bay breezes flowing off of the Pacific Ocean we chose the Pommard clone due to its earlier ripening. This decision has turned into a winemaking joy. This earlier ripening fruit produces wines that are very dark in color, very aromatic, fruit flavors that are a jubilee of berries, clearly defined acidity, and an unmistakable touch of white pepper and spice.

2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard (194 cases)

Although the Oehlman Pinot Noir has always been one of Denise’s favorites, we have watched as its popularity has grown immensely. At first it was the folks from the east coast who could appreciate the Oehlman as a likeness for some of the Burgundies that they were accustomed to enjoying. Now it has become one of our most popular Pinot Noirs on the west coast as well due to its personality which is unlike so many of its Russian River Valley counterparts. It is appreciated for the very defined acidity that is more and more missing from California Pinot Noirs, red fruits along the lines of raspberries and strawberries that compliment but do not overshadow the experience, a subtle vanilla flavor, tea leaves, citrus and baking spices.

2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley (281 cases)

Every year we blend a Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley appellation. These wines are almost exclusively a blend of the vineyard designates from the given vintage. What we offer you in this blend is a superb value. This bottling is always very expressive and will age with the same grace as the vineyard designates. In fact, we have found that as each vintage’s wines age, the appellation wines frequently out shine the vineyard designated bottlings during early developmental stages. You can count on this wine to be a crowd pleaser (see “WesMar wines from your perspective”). This wine showcases classical appellation characteristics of rich red fruits, wonderful body, a textured mouthfeel, accents of cinnamon, vanilla, mocha, with staying power in the finish.

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Tasting Notes 2008

2008 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard (85 cases)

Aromas show a combination of light and dark fruits with a mineral quality, floral and eucalyptus notes. On the palate are generous, boastful fruits such as dried black cherries and red plumb. The fruit flavors are supported by complimentary fruit tannins, a wonderful minerality and the typical acidity that ties WesMar wines together.

2008 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard (296 cases)

The nose reveals dark stone fruits, cocoa and a spiciness. The palate shows intense flavors of black plum and boysenberries with a jam like concentration. There are complimentary flavors of chocolate and white pepper that linger long in the mouth. Due to a change in the Russian River appellation boundaries this vineyard is no longer in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This is the same Pommard clone fruit source with which we have always worked.

2008 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard (314 cases)

A great nose of enveloping aromas of cherry, maple and a hint of citrus. On the palate are long lasting flavors of ripe red cherries, dried cranberries, the standard baking spice that is so common with the Oehlman Vineyard and a touch of cinnamon. This wine exhibits mild tannins and crisp acidity, that finishes long and cloying. It is a more masculine version of Oehlman Vineyard.

2008 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley (363 cases)

As is usually the case with WesMar’s appellation blends this wine is exclusively a blend of our vineyard designated bottlings. Aromas of red fruits, vanilla, cinnamon and cola. The mouth shows a mélange of black plum followed by strawberries and red cherries. These flavors are complimented by subtle flavors of tea leaves, cinnamon and citrus accents with a wonderfully balanced long finish.

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