2006 Joseph Swan "Saralee's Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $35)

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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Built for the cellar, Swan’s ’06 Saralee needs a year or two to knit together. But it’s a polished, complex Pinot Noir that showcases the Swan hallmarks of dryness, elegance and ageworthiness. The flavors are rich and intricate, suggesting red cherries and currants." (5/1/2009) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 09: "Light red. Pungent aromas of strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb and dried rose. Deeply flavored but light in body, offering sweet red berry preserve and floral pastille qualities. Nervy, mineral-driven red fruits linger on the gently sweet, persistent finish." According to the Wine Spectator: "Lighter in color, but intense, displaying ripe cherry and raspberry fruit that's balanced and complex. Ends with firm tannins. Drink now through 2014. 672 cases made." (Web only, 2009)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/29/2011  | Send Email
Anyone that knows the staff at K&L is fully aware of our love affair with the wines of Joseph Swan. The classically styled wines are full of honest flavors, vibrant acid and have proven time and time again that they develop wonderfully in the cellar. Not to mention Rod and Lynn Berglund are two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. If you haven't been to their incredibly modest tasting room, where the wines are the centerpiece, it is a must the next time you are in the Russian River Valley. This Pinot Noir is truly for fans of the varietal, there is no bombast here, no searing alcohol, no obtuse oak just pretty feminine fruit, white floral notes and tangy, lip-smacking acidity. Full of flavors of strawberry, rhubarb, wet clay, hyacinth and sandalwood, this is a perfect wine for a myriad of foods and really is best suited at the dinner table. Plus, I'll go on record as saying that it may have the best price/quality ratio in the store.

 By: Lisa S |  Review Date: 7/18/2011 
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Not my style.. too light, tight and tart.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.