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Parlor City Pub & Eatery
(319) 247-0000
1125 3rd Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Benz Beverage Depot
(319) 365-2556
501 7th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Benz Beverage Depot
(319) 365-2556
501 7th Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
S.P.S. Beer Stuff
(319) 393-1219
1004 Regent Street Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Joens BROS Interiors Inc
(319) 366-7348
59 16th Avenue Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Bricks Bar & Grill
(319) 366-0950
320 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
White Star Ale House
(319) 362-2000
305 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Zins
(319) 363-9467
227 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
1st Avenue Wine House
(319) 298-9463
3412 1st Avenue Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Hy Vee Gas
(319) 378-0684
3935 Blairs Ferry Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA
 

WesMar Russian River Pinot Noir

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WesMar Vineyards WesMar Winery was started in 2000 by husband and wife Kirk Wesley Hubbard and Denise Mary Selyem, both of whom previously worked with Russian River’s famous Williams & Selyem Winery. Their winery is ultra-boutique, consisting of 1500 square feet and no employees. We met Kirk and Denise while dining one evening at the Underwood Bar & Bistro in Graton in Sonoma County, and they promised to send us some of their wines, almost all of which are Pinot Noir. The wines are mainly sold through their mailing list, and they often sell out fast, so go to their website www.wesmarwinery.com if you’re interested in purchasing.

Winemaking at WesMar is very much a hands on, artisanal operation. Fermentation is done in five ton open-top stainless steel milk shipping containers with punch downs done by hand. Between 20 and 40 percent of the fruit is fermented whole cluster, and pressing is done with a bladder press once used for apples. The wines are aged in French oak for 11 months; between 50 and 70 percent of the barrels are new. Winemaking is done by gravity flow, and the wine is not filtered.

While the WesMar Pinot Noirs reflect the terroir of the different vineyards from which they are sourced, there is a house style here of nuanced wines, velvet smooth on the palate with a feminine character, the kind of Pinot Noir we love to drink and that combines well with modern cuisine. This is the first time we’ve tasted these wines. It surely won’t be the last.

WesMar 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley ($35) 89

There’s lovely purity of fruit in this wine from the nose to the finish. Medium light ruby in color, the wine is fruit forward with an attack of red cherries accompanied by a light earth note. The nicely balanced palate shows more pure red fruit and a touch of undergrowth, and it finishes very long.

WesMar 2007 Pinot Noir Balletto Vineyard Sonoma Coast ($40) 90

This medium light ruby colored is more focused than the ...

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