Sanglier Cellars

Owner(s) Glenn Alexander, Melissa Alexander
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Sanglier Cellars

Glenn and Melissa Alexander purchased on old farm house and eight acres of 40-year-old Zinfandel vines in the east end of the Russian River Valley in 2001. Both of the owners grew up in Texas and later she pursed a career in the culinary field, while he built a successful manufacturing company. Inspired by their love of wine, they longed to return to the life of a farmer.

After acquiring the vineyard, Glenn worked at Chateau Montelena while completing the viticulture program at Santa Rosa Junior College. He later did a harvest at Preston Vineyards and spent a year working with a vineyard manager before starting his own vineyard management firm. Today, Bacchus Vineyard Management farms and manages over 400 acres of premium vineyards for wineries such as Kosta Browne, Copain, Paul Hobbs, Pahlmeyer and others.

The Alexander family is now producing wines from family farmed vineyards. The first commercial vintage was 2006.

The name, Sanglier, is French for wild boar, a creature prevalent in the vineyards and on the dinner tables of France and Sonoma County.

A Russian River Valley appellation and Old Camp Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are offered. The wines, which include Chardonnay and white and red Rhone varietals, are sold through an online website store and through a mailing list. The Healdsburg tasting room at 132 Plaza St. is open daily (closed Wednesdays during the winter)

Reviewed Wines

2012 Sanglier Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.58, TA 0.61, 542 cases, $38. Aged in French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Quintessential Russian River Valley character with aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, plum, cola and baking spice. Modest in weight, but plush on the palate, with welcome oak accents, smooth tannins, and a cherry-charged finish. This up front wine has typical lush Russian River Valley fruit, yet is fresh and vibrant. Score: 92. Reviewed October 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Sanglier Old Camp Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.56, 49 cases, $45. The vineyard is just above the Russian River on the eastern ridge and enjoys slightly more brilliant sunshine than the valley below, but still has exposure to the Pacific fog that creeps into the Valley each summer night. Pommard and 667 clones. Aged in French oak. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is alive with scents of Bing cherries, cola and cinnamon spice. An evocative wine with a plush attack of black cherry and black raspberry fruits that alert the palate. Nicely spiced and showing a hint of oak, this wine delivers a generous charge of cherries jubilee on the expansive finish. Highly flavorful, even hedonistic, but not overweighted or sweet. Score: 94. Reviewed October 6, 2014 ARTICLE »

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