94 Insider Points
91.7 Points - Cellar Tracker Average
90 Points - PinotFile
Very Good - Wine Enthusiast
Delectable Mom & Pop-Produced Pinot. Power couples are some of my favorite people to deal with. When I met Kirk and Denise of WesMar, I could feel the passion inside their boutique winery. Their Russian River Pinot Noir delivers tasty fruit & excellent balance that often only comes from small-lot production. A soft, juicy strawberry nose gets it started. Light-bodied with mellow acidity and a nice mouthfeel. Dry strawberries, and hints of tart lingonberry and fresh earth on the palate. It leads into a medium finish of candied strawberries. Grab this while you can. 94 Points - JZ October '17
"A blend of grapes from Oehlman, Balletto and Salzgeber vineyards meant to reflect the vintage in the RRV AVA. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromatically pleasing with scents of Bing cherry, spice, cola and sandalwood. Light to mid weight in style, with a juicy core of black cherry fruit set off by complimentary oak spice and cola notes. Easy to cozy up to, with silky tannins and admirable balance. Score: 90." - PinotFile
"Light in color, with delicate raspberry and strawberry fruit, this is light-bodied and ethereal, quietly revealing pops of dried herb, clove and rose." - Wine Enthusiast
Russian River Valley, California
It helps to have friends in high places, it’s true. Having an exalted father is likewise advantageous, just ask WesMar’s owners Kirk Wesley Hubbard and Denise Mary Selyem or the members of this tiny winery’s not-so-tiny fan base.
Denise is the daughter of Ed Selyem, of Williams Selyem Winery, one of the first and continually one of the most collectible names in Pinot Noir on Earth. She and husband Kirk learned all about Pinot while working with her father at Williams Selyem. The couple branched out on their own shortly after that illustrious label sold, converting a historic Gravenstein apple warehouse in Sebastopol to a small-scale winery. Seventeen years later, these two still do 100% of the work, sourcing a handful of Sonoma County’s best Pinot sites.
90 points from the PinotFile, which notes: “Aromatically pleasing with scents of Bing cherry, spice, cola and sandalwood. Light to midweight in style, with a juicy core of black cherry fruit, set off by complimentary oak spice and cola notes. Easy to cozy up to, with silky tannins and admirable balance. The Wine Enthusiast writes “…delicate raspberry and strawberry fruit, this is light-bodied and ethereal, quietly revealing pops of dried herb, clove and rose.”
A passion for Pinot runs in this family, it’s clear. And this small-lot production of just 245 cases certainly bears a resemblance to the classic Russian River Pinots made during Williams Selyem’s heyday, while also expressing its very own seductively sexy personality.
Four reasons we love it:
- The Wine Enthusiast rated 2014 with 94 points for Russian River Pinot. The Wine Advocate concurs, also giving the vintage 94 points and an “Outstanding” rating.
- From the PinotFile: “There are two distinctive hallmarks of WesMar (pronounced “Wes-Mare”) Pinot Noir. First, there is consistency from one vintage to the next and one bottle after another, regardless of vineyard source. I can honestly say I have been drinking WesMar Pinot Noir for six years and have never had a bad bottle. Second, their several bottlings from each vintage are all unique.
- This Russian River Pinot was sourced from two vineyards in the AVA. Balletto fruit brings in blueberry notes and spicy white pepper while Pinot grown on the Salzgeber Vineyard, practically on the banks of the Russian River itself, displays deeper tannins and gorgeous acidity.
- True, this winery introduced its first white wine—a Chardonnay—in the 2015 vintage, WesMar remains a Pinot-centric production. There are six distinct Pinots made here in most vintages, sourced largely from single vineyards in the Russian River AVA.
A soft, juicy strawberry nose gets it started. Light-bodied with mellow acidity and a nice mouthfeel. Dry strawberries, and hints of tart lingonberry and fresh earth on the palate. It leads into a medium finish of candied strawberries.
From the WesMar Team:
WesMar Winery is a result of the combined efforts of Kirk Wesley Hubbard and wife Denise Mary Selyem and of course dog Zoey. We learned about winemaking and the wine business from working with Ed Selyem, Denise’s father at Williams & Selyem Winery, for several years in the mid to late 1990’s. In 2000 we left Williams & Selyem Winery and started our own winery, WesMar Winery.
In March 2000, we began to restore part of an old apple processing warehouse in Sebastopol, CA. This is now the home of our winery, where we carry out all phases of winemaking. We love working with a local agricultural product and seeing this raw product to its final stage, wine. We enjoy the relationships fostered between grape growers, suppliers, customers and ourselves. We relish being business owners, and working together in all facets of our wine endeavor to make wine for everyone’s enjoyment!
Like classic Burgundy, this Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with anything in a mushroom sauce, pork roast, and glazed roast root veggies.