Roger Roessler Wines

Owner(s) Kevin McNeely, Richard Roessler, Roger Roessler
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Roger Roessler Wines

Brothers Richard and Roger Roessler founded Roessler Cellars in 2000. Together with talented winemakers Wells Guthrie (consulting, own label is Copain) and Scott Shapely (formerly Crushpad and Siduri Wines), they craft marvelous Pinot Noirs from appellations throughout California. I have been a fan for quite some time now. They produce four appellation wines: Red Label (Sonoma County), La Brisa (Sonoma Coast), Bluejay (Anderson Valley) and Peregrine (Sta. Rita Hills) plus multiple vineyard-designates. Total production is 6,500 cases including 16 different Pinot Noir wines and 12 vineyard-designate labels from the North Coast, Santa Barbara and Oregon.

Roger and Richard and very personable and passionate about wine. Make an effort to get to know them and their wines. The wines are sold on the website and widely distributed in fine wine shops.

In August, 2008, plans were announced to build a $6 million winery in the Petaluma Gap region of Sonoma. This will allow production to increase to 12,000 cases. This never materialized. In June, 2009, a tasting room in a Tudor style home was opened off the northwest corner of Sonoma Plaza at 380 First Street West.

Craig and Kathryn Hall of Hall wines acquired Roessler Cellars in 2010 and reincarnated the label as Walt, the maiden name of Kathryn. It is an ambitious entry into Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under the winemaking direction of Steve Leveque, who also crafts the Hall Napa Valley wines. Walt will offer 10 Pinot Noirs and 2 Chardonnays from the 2010 vintage. See Walt Wines. Roger and Richard started a new label, R2 (R Squared) with a tasting room in the town of Sonoma.

In 2016, the non-compete ended in February with the Halls, allowing Roger Roessler to re-brand his wine company, website back to Roger Roessler Wines. The new tasting room is located at 654 Broadway in the town of Sonoma.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Roessler Wine Cellars Black Pine Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.55,2,400 cases, $26. Release January 1, 2016. From R2 Wine Company in Sonoma founded by Richard and Roger Roessler. “Black Pine” is literally the English translation of the words Pinot Noir. Aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A beautifully structured and harmonious wine with aromas of black cherry, rose petal and earthy flora, and mid weight juicy flavors of black cherry, cola, spice and mocha. Expansive on the palate with impressive finishing power. A terrific value @ Score: 90. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »

2007 Roessler Cellars Bluejay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 1,076 cases, $32. Named for the populace of bluejays west of Philo. · Deeply colored. Aromas of black cherries, spring flowers and oak. Picks up intensity in the glass. A moderately light wine that drinks easy. Both black and red fruits, mild dry tannins, a touch of oak and a pleasing finish. Nicely balanced to work with food. Fine for what it is. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Roessler Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 175 cases, $32. Sourced from the Thomas Road Vineyard in Green Valley planted in 1997 and farmed by Dutton Ranch. · Intense reddish-purple color in the glass. Subdued aromas of dark red fruits framed by toast and sweet smoke. A discreet and sensual wine offering strawberry and raspberry fruit with an underpinning of brisk acidity highlighted by a citrus peel note on the tangy finish. A great food wine. Fine the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Roessler Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 248 cases, $42. · The nose is very subdued at present showing little fruit and primarily herbal oak. Slightly tart raspberry, cranberry and blackberry flavors supported by sweet oak. Plush and reasonably intense on the mid palate with some persistence on the finish which leaves a sharp snap of acidity in its wake. Doesn’t impress at this price. Decent. Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Roessler Cellars Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 273 cases, $43. · Moderately reddish-purple robe. Fruity nose showing dark berry jam and a touch of spice box. Vivid and fresh dark red fruits fill the midpalate complimented by an appealing earthiness. The tannins are dry and fine, the texture is satiny, and the finish is clean and lengthy. The balance is admirable. Relatively forward and drinkable now. Very good. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Roessler Cellars Hein Family Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 196 cases, $45. Released scheduled for September 2009. This vineyard was planted between 1997 and 1999. Pommard and three Dijon clones. · Moderately deep ruby color. The nose offers intense black fruit aromas. Richly flavored dark Pinot fruits complemented by notes of tobacco and dark chocolate. Soft in the mouth and plush in texture. A brooding wine that will need a few years to reach its apex. Can be drunk now with short ribs or a steak. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Roessler Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 273 cases, $46. Seven clones from different parts of the vineyard. · Penetrating scents of dark fruits with a hint of oak acquiring intensity over time in the glass. The plum and blackberry fruit flavors have a woodsy, mushroom bent. Still a bit tight with some tannins to shed, but the fruit from this vineyard really sparkles and saturates the palate. POP 91, WS 94 Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Roessler Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $50. · Alluring scents of darker Pinot fruits with hints of herbs and violets. Mouthcoating and persistent flavors of plums and blackberries with round, restrained tannins. A riper style that is well composed. Very good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Roessler Cellars Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. 25% whole cluster. Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Gentle cross-flow filtration. Roessler has sourced from Savoy Vineyard since 2001 and Shapely has been the winemaker since 2006. · Moderate intensity with juicy dark stone fruits and berries and an underlying earthiness. Nicely composed and peaking now with a long, fruitfilled dry finish. Good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Roessler Cellars Clos Pepe Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 175 cases, $45. · Utterly charming aromas of a freshly-baked cherry pie with a hot browned crust. Delicious stone fruits, silky mouth feel, and a clean, scented and lip-smacking finish. Impeccable balance. This wine has the whole package and there is nothing to critique here, just pure, unadulterated drinking pleasure. Brilliantly crafted and one of the best wines from Clos Pepe Vineyard I have ever had. This one has everything you could hope for and some things you didn’t know to ask for. Reviewed March 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Roessler Cellars Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 250 cases, $45. Richard Savoy farms one of Anderson Valley’s premier Pinot Noir vineyards located just west of the town of Philo. Seven clones are included in this wine. · Deep ruby color of great intensity. With air and coaxing, very nice ripe dark fruits emerge with some earthy and oaky notes. Substantial fruit core showy of black cherry and black raspberry with a hint of wild strawberry. Earthy, even tasting of soil-dusted fruit. Flirty tannins and plush in texture. More dirt-driven than the 2004 Savoy which I was ga-ga for, but equally appealing in its own way. Reviewed March 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Roessler Cellars Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.64, 250 cases, $45. Released in the fall 2007. · This bottle is mildly oxidized showing an orange cast to the rim in the glass. Aromas of faded fruit and oak lead to similar flavors. An uninteresting and defective bottle. Unsatisfactory. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2004 Roessler Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc, 325 cases, $38. · A rich cherry nose with sweet oak in the background leads to spiced cherry and berry flavors. The texture is as smooth as a baby’s bottom and the tangy finish is clean and refreshing. Maybe the best wine in the entire tasting. Can you say ethereal? Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »

2003 Roessler Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5%, 600 cases, $27. The area west of Philo has a large population of blue jays and the locals refer to the area as Blue Jay in Boontling. · This wine is simple and satisfying and easy to like. The attractive aromas of dark cherry, spice and toast make you want to take another sip. There is a solid dark berry core with a rich and smooth mouth feel. Great with barbecue sausage and a terrific summer go-to Pinot for daily drinking. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »

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