Joseph Swan Vineyards

Saralee's Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.1154 ratings
9.234 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Alicia Cypress

This tasted like it was 10 years old, not 5. Really well balanced, cherry and strawberries, and not overly bearing for California fruit!

This tasted like it was 10 years old, not 5. Really well balanced, cherry and strawberries, and not overly bearing for California fruit!

Jun 27th, 2017
Rodney Rosser

Very happy to pick up a@case of the last release of this single vineyard Pinot from RRV pioneer Joseph swan vineyards

Very happy to pick up a@case of the last release of this single vineyard Pinot from RRV pioneer Joseph swan vineyards

Feb 15th, 2017
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

8.8

I'm a big Swan fan, but this one is not my favorite. Nice tart fruit and acidity, but there is a slightly off putting volatile note. Probably better a few years ago.

I'm a big Swan fan, but this one is not my favorite. Nice tart fruit and acidity, but there is a slightly off putting volatile note. Probably better a few years ago.

Dec 23rd, 2016
Isaac Pirolo

My second tasting of this wine over the last week, but first formal notes. Both bottles needed 30 minutes to blow off some funk, but after that it's all good. Cloudy ruby with an amber bend. Spiced red fruits of pomegranate, plum, and sour cherry dominate, but a supporting cast of wilted lavender, herbal tea, and tilled earth give this depth. Goes from good to great with tertiary notes of beef bouillon, rhubarb, and porcini mushroom. I couldn't stop thinking that this is more Burgundian than anything I've ever had from Oregon, never mind RRV. Lots of acid and a heady 14% abv is certain to divide a crowd, but it's a must try for fans Oregon and Burgundy.

My second tasting of this wine over the last week, but first formal notes. Both bottles needed 30 minutes to blow off some funk, but after that it's all good. Cloudy ruby with an amber bend. Spiced red fruits of pomegranate, plum, and sour cherry dominate, but a supporting cast of wilted lavender, herbal tea, and tilled earth give this depth. Goes from good to great with tertiary notes of beef bouillon, rhubarb, and porcini mushroom. I couldn't stop thinking that this is more Burgundian than anything I've ever had from Oregon, never mind RRV. Lots of acid and a heady 14% abv is certain to divide a crowd, but it's a must try for fans Oregon and Burgundy.

Sep 28th, 2016
Chelsea Boss

Sales & Marketing Favia Wines

9.3

Ahhhh-mazing RR Pinot, light and lovely. Brining home all the flavors indicative of the region but so well balanced compared to many neighbors.

Ahhhh-mazing RR Pinot, light and lovely. Brining home all the flavors indicative of the region but so well balanced compared to many neighbors.

Jul 3rd, 2016
Isaac Pirolo

Old skool Pinot. Cloudy ruby. Dirt, cola, sassafras root, and Asian spice

Old skool Pinot. Cloudy ruby. Dirt, cola, sassafras root, and Asian spice

Feb 8th, 2016
Isaac Pirolo

Going back and buying every bottle left tomorrow...

Going back and buying every bottle left tomorrow...

Jan 29th, 2016
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.2

Been a while since I visited with Mr. Swan and I have too long been away. Beautiful bright redcurrant, raspberry and bramble with a nice cedar undercurrent.

Been a while since I visited with Mr. Swan and I have too long been away. Beautiful bright redcurrant, raspberry and bramble with a nice cedar undercurrent.

Dec 7th, 2015
Henrik Poulsen

Old school Pinot.
Deeeelicious.....

Old school Pinot.
Deeeelicious.....

Aug 8th, 2015
Pavle Milić

The fruit on the nose ripped the doorframe out of the closet. Vibrant, alive and focused. Great Russian River Valley ambassador. Classy.

The fruit on the nose ripped the doorframe out of the closet. Vibrant, alive and focused. Great Russian River Valley ambassador. Classy.

Apr 10th, 2015