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Kathleen Inman
January 19, 2010 | Kathleen Inman

Believe it or not...critic scores Inman Pinot!

Category Wine Reviews and Press - 01/19/2010 Posted by Kathleen Inman

We had some really lovely write-ups on our 2006 Pinot Noirs by Josh Raynold in Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, and I only just found out about them yesterday!

I wanted to share them with you.
I don't send my wines out for scores, but when samples are requested I do. The problem is I don't subscribe to any of the magazines or websites that publish scores, so when things do appear, I miss them.

I have always had the view that wines are too ephemeral to put such a concrete number down to categorize them, when they seem to change in the bottle day to day. Pinot noir in particular is seemingly very changeable.

However, Josh's comments are spot on with how I thought the wines tasted this weekend during the Pinot Days in LA event, and I wanted to share them with you. Also, a little external validation is very welcome, from time to time; especially since I work on the wines by myself and don't really get much input during the production process.

Here are the comments and scores.

2006 Inman Family Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
($45) Light red. Pungent redcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by musky herbs, flowers and licorice. Light in weight, with finely etched red berry flavors that possess sneaky power and are framed by silky tannins. Dusty mineral and dried rose notes build with air and carry through the tightly focused finish. I like this wine's understated, fat-free personality. ~ 90 Points

2006 Inman Family Wines Pinot Noir Olivet Grange Vineyard Estate Russian River Valley
($52) Vivid red. Cherry, dried flowers, baking spices and smoky minerals on the nose. Supple cherry-cola and blackberry on the palate, with gentle tannins and minerals adding structure and focus. The spicy notes recur on the finish, which leaves refreshingly bitter cherry skin and anise notes behind. I like this wine's blend of depth and vivacity. "OGV" stands for Olivet Grange Vineyard. ~ 91 Points

2006 Inman Family Wines Pinot Noir Thorn Road Ranch Russian River Valley
($52) Bright red. Seductive aromas of black raspberry, cherry compote, smoky herbs and Asian spices. Fleshy red and dark berry flavors are given spine by dusty minerals and complicated by candied rose and cola notes. Suavely blends richness and energy, finishing with echoes of cherry and succulent herbs. Already seductively complex, this has the depth and balance to reward at least another few years of patience. (JR) ~ 92 Points

2008 Inman Family Wines Rose of Pinot Noir Endless Crush OGV Estate Russian River Valley
($25) Bright pink. Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas are complemented by suave floral and spice qualities. Fresh, incisive and pure, offering tangy red berry flavors and good underlying minerality. Extremely easy to drink, with good finishing snap and lingering raspberry character. ~ 89 Points


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