2006 Joseph Swan "Saralee's Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1053599

Price: $29.99

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Tasting Notes

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)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    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.


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