2009 Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) Pinot Noir
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"The current release of this wine is the 2010 vintage, but it is the 2009 that I tasted with winemaker Kathleen Inman earlier this year. It's a terrific pinot noir, with spice notes bubbling out from underneath the cherrylike fruit. What's special about this wine, however, is the way it incises — that's the only word for it — through the palate. It's as if the fruit were more a laser beam than a tactile substance.."
- Bill St John, Chicago Tribune
"This dramatic wine has the color of a dark rosé(!) and an aroma of wild fresh plums along with cherry and a light strawberry note. Kathleen added 20% whole clusters to add more complexity, and the wine was left on fine lees for added depth. A wine that would make a Burgundophile question the supposed dominance of France with this grape." - Exceptional
- Dan Berger, www.vintageexperiences.com
“Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Well-endowed with aromatic and flavor interest displaying scents of ripe cherry, raspberry and allspice. Soft on the palate with an elegant array of cherry and cranberry fruits accentuated with subtle herbal and spice notes. Some dusty tannins add textural interest and support. Very good.”
- William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D., www.princeofpinot.com
You might call this the "Audrey Hepburn of Pinot" - elegant and balanced, this wine is a timeless classic. Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV Estate) is the Inman Family’s organically farmed estate vineyard. This 10.45 acre vineyard is located at the junction of Olivet and Piner Roads amidst some of Sonoma County's and the Russian River Valley's most respected vineyards.
There are 5 types (Clones 114, 115, 667, 777 and 828) of Pinot Noir grown here and the grapes for the 2009 OGV Estate were picked on 4 separate occasions as field blends to create four wines which showcased different ripeness levels. Whole clusters from the last harvest dates were used and formed 20% of the final blend. After 19 months in barrel, individual barrels from each of the lots were selected to form this special single vineyard cuvee.