Tasting Report: Wines of Roessler, 2011 Releases

Tasting Report: Wines of Roessler, 2011 Releases

Sonoma’s Roessler is a hidden gem in the region, but it’s no small fry: The winery bottles nearly 20 wines with fruit sourced from all over California — and Oregon. Specializing in Pinot Noir, the winery employs hands-off winemaking techniques and the results speak for themselves. We tasted seven recent vintages stretching from its southern California vineyards to its Oregon ones.

Tasting Report: Roessler Wines

2006 Roessler Alder Springs Chardonnay Mendocino $38 / B+ / minerals, buttery, fig notes

2008 Roessler Peregrine Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills $34 / A / easygoing but has a firm and solid body

2008 Roessler Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $46 / B+ / tougher, some tannin here

2006 Roessler Brosseau Pinot Noir Chalone $42 / A- / solid

2007 Roessler Ridges “Estate” Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $60 / B / very tough, big tannins

2008 Roessler La Brisa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $32 / B+ / jammier and thick, rich

2008 Roessler Laurelwood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $34 / A- / huge fruit, quite ripe

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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