New Wines, New Winery and a New Crop
Slowly, slowly, the winegrapes are ripening. The Pinot Noir at Olivet Grange is about 80% through verasion (the term used to describe the turning of the grapes from green to their final colour). The Pinot Gris is a bit further behind and the Chardonnay at the small Fredricks Road vineyard has not yet begun to turn. My best guess is that we are three weeks behind a typical year. It is just so cold…it reminds me of summer in Yorkshire!
Besides the work in the vineyard – removing fruit from short shots and applying the final spray before harvest, I have recently bottled the 2009 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. These are both tiny lots and may all be taken up by the wine club, so if you are not a member, you might like to consider joining. The 2009 Pinot Gris is made exclusively from OGV fruit and just over 100 cases were bottled. The new Chardonnay lot, which is even smaller, will be released later this month.
Although the weather has been a worry, we are so thrilled to finally be in our new winery. The tasting room is nearly complete, and by the Labor Day weekend we will be celebrating our Grand Opening. I have taken great care in selecting the most environmentally sensitive materials – reused, repurposed and recycled – wherever possible and it is thrilling to see them all come together and even better to see how interested the visitors at the winery are in our efforts to minimize both waste and our impact on the planet. We hope you will come by and see us. I am here nearly all of the time and happy to give tours of the vineyard and the gardens, so do stop by. Officially we are open Thursday – Sunday 11-4, but you can always call for an appointment at other times.
They say "membership has its privileges", and there are some wines which in the future will only be available to the wine club because the lots are so small. Are you a member of one of our wine clubs yet? If not, this is a fantastic time to join! With the opening of the new winery, our club members will be the first in line to receive Grand Opening discounts, offered new limited release wines, and will be on the guest list for Grand Opening and Harvest celebrations in the coming weeks!
We have three different Inman Family clubs to join, each tailored to your wine preference and budget. Our Club Members are guaranteed access to all of our limited release wines, and receive discounts on every purchase. Click here to read more about our Wine Clubs, and sign-up today!
COMING SOON for Inman Family Wines Club Members Only! To celebrate our Grand Opening at the Olivet Grange, we will be releasing our first Chardonnay. Sourced from a tiny vineyard on the south west corner of the Russian River Valley, only two barrels were produced of this rare beauty and only 48 cases will be for sale. If you like tropical fruit in your Chardonnay, this will not be the wine for you. I love buttered popcorn at the movies but I loathe it in Chardonnay, so in the interest of full disclosure…there is no butter here – instead look for refreshing acidity, juicy pear, Meyer lemons, hazelnuts and great minerality. This wine was made to be enjoyed with food and is likely to drink best from 2011-2016. Like the white Burgundies Simon and I love, my hopes are that this wine will reward those who cellar it. Available only to our Club Members, there is no better time to join!