Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Roessler Cellars is a Sonoma winery focused on producing Burgundian-style wines (most Pinot Noir but some Chardonnay too) from designated vineyards. Wine Spectator rated 15 different Roessler Pinot Noirs alone from the 2007 vintage ranging in price between $28 and $56. Being the cheap skate that I am, this Sonoma County Red Label came in at the bottom end of the price range but towards the top end of the ratings range: $28/92 WS and was therefore a notable value-play in looking at Spectator's ratings of '07 California Pinot Noir.
I was pleased with this wine and would consider it a good recommendation from James Laube who does most of Wine Spectator's tasting of California Pinot Noir. Here are my notes:
2007 Roessler Pinot Noir Sonoma County Red Label
14.2% Alcohol/1,075 Cases Produced
Visually, this medium bodied red presents itself in a shade of magenta. Very clear visually- not cloudy at all. Classic Pinot Noir ripe strawberry aromas on the nose, which evolved over time with hints of spice and chimney smoke at Christmas time. Floods the palate with vibrant flavors of red raspberries, and slightly sour cherries. Silky smooth finish. Quite enjoyable and not disappointing at all.
WWP: 91/100 Outstanding
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Purchased from VinoDivino in Newton, MA. They don't show availability of this Red Label anymore, but they do carry the similarly highly-rated 2007 Roessler La Brisa.