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2009 Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) Pinot Noir

2009 Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) Pinot Noir
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Uncorked: Best wines of 2013
"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,

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.,

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.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Olivet Grange Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 2009
19 months French Oak
Bottling Date
May 23, 2011
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Color: Bright garnet Aroma: Rose petal, cherry, raspberry, beeswax, ginger, clove and star anise Flavor: Red fruit dominates the flavor profile. Layers of sweet, ripe cherry, dried cranberry, rhubarb and raspberry fruits combine with clove and cinnamon spice. The wine is elegant, finessed and well balanced with OGV's signature long finish revealing iron and mineral along with red currant and dried cranberry.
Production Notes
Following a cold soak of 4 days, each of the 3 lots produced from this vineyard was fermented using native yeast and bacteria. Temperatures in the tanks were kept below 80 degrees during the primary fermentations. The cap was punched down three times each day. At the end of fermentation, the wines were pressed and settled overnight before being moved to French oak barrels (primarily Sirugue and Remond). The wines were kept on their fine lees and stirred regularly until they were settled for bottling under screwcap.
Winemaker Notes
This is the first vintage where whole clusters were used in the fermenters. 20% of the OGV Estate as whole cluster
Product Reviews
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John Haeger
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(Jan 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM)
Pretty luminous garnet, light in hue; soft nose of dried flowers and raspberry with a hint of talc; some fading red berry fruit on the palate with a slight expression of Russian River’s signature cola and some moist earth, plus a bit of pepper on the finish. Elegant, almost gossamer structure but still a bit of grip at the end; modest alcohol; genuinely lovely wine and a fine expression of the pinot genre. Bravo!

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Harold Baer, Harold Baer Wine
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(Jan 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM)
In contrast, the 2009 Pinot Noir, Olivet Grange Vineyard, Russian River Valley, 13.4% alc., is the first vintage where Inman has used any whole cluster pressed fruit in any of its wines. For 2009 it used 20% in its OGV Pinot Noir and the wine was aged in French oak for nineteen months. Aromas of cherry, black raspberry, rose, clove, sweet cranberry, anise and hints of sweet cranberry and sweet rhubarb introduce juicy, fresh flavors of the same with an added touch of clove and a hint of sweetness. The finish is long and broad. The wine has fine tannin and good acidity and is well structured, integrated, and balanced and clearly achieves Kathleen Inman’s goal of a Pinot to accompany food. Very Good.

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Marc Hauser
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(Apr 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM)
Posted to Cellartracker: Drank over two nights. Delicious. Medium bodied, ruby red. Strawberry, mulling spice on the nose. Zesty acidity in the first night gave way to a fuller mouthfeel on the second. Classy stuff, good on its own and with food. The OGV just seems to get better every year.

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