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2011 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir

2011 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir

"An astounding experience!" The most elegant Thorn Ridge yet! Less than 10 cases remain.

Double Gold 2014 SF Chronicle, IWC 91pts

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A popular companion to our OGV Estate Pinot Noir, the 2011 Thorn Ridge Ranch is a high-toned roller coaster of juicy berry compote and dried herbs. A thrilling effort that is already a favorite of recent visitors to our tasting room, this vintage is sure to disappear - only 264 cases were produced.

Farmed by Ted Klopp and his daughter Lauren Klopp William, this vineyard is located high in the Sebastopol Hills, in an area which had previously been designated Sonoma Coast, but is now part of the expanded Russian River Valley appellation. The character of the fruit is neither typical Russian River nor typical Sonoma Coast. The deep dark berry profile is the result of the steep east facing aspect high above the fog line and the goldridge soils. The clones are Pommard, Swan, and 777 and are from the upper and lower parts of the ranch.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2011
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation Thorn Ridge Ranch
Bottling Date June 4, 2013
Tannin moderate
Alcohol % 13.8
Wine Enthusiast 92
Stephen Tanzer's 92

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Color: Garnet with translucent ring Aroma: Black cherry, dried and fresh herbs - particularly thyme and lavender. Redolent with exotic spices. Flavor: This is a luscious wine with ripe blackberry and cherry flavors. Secondary fruit components include black raspberries, an almost saline/sea breeze hint. Rich, round mid-palate with balanced tannins and the finish is velvety and long, with a beautiful earthiness. This wine should continue to improve with careful cellaring until at least 2020.
Production Notes The fruit was destemmed and cold soaked for 4 days in open-top 5-ton stainless steel tanks. A spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast occurred. The wine was pressed off when dry and aged in a combination of new, one year and two year old French barrels: about 25% was new. A native malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. The wines were filtered by crossflow and bottled under screwcap.
Food Pairing Notes Our family's favorite pairings are braised shortribs or Moroccan-inspired lamb shanks. Our recipes are available by clicking the recipes link to the left.

Product Reviews

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Joshua Raynolds
1 1 1 1 1 (Jun 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM)

Bright ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of dried cherry and blackberry, with a hint of pungent flowers in the background. Deeply pitched dark berry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and pick up a bitter cherry quality with air. Closes with firm grip and thrust, leaving a smoky note behind. Quite powerful in the context of the vintage, with the depth and tannic structure to age. 91pts. May 2014

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Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
1 1 1 1 1 (Sep 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM)

2011 Inman Family Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Thorn Ridge ($68): The hugely complex aroma has pepper, sandalwood, fruit of violets, cherries and clove, and the mid-palate is crisp and lean, best in 3-9 more years. An astounding experience.

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Laurie Daniel - Wine: A pinot noir manifesto calls for balanced wines - Mercury News
1 1 1 1 1 (Sep 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM)

Inman Family in the Russian River Valley - its 2011 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir, $68, is full-bodied, lively and supple

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Price of Pinot
1 1 1 1 1 (Sep 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM)

13.8% alc., $68, screwcap. 100% de-stemmed. Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Invigorating aromatics of Bing cherry and spice. Soft and smooth on the mid palate with vivacious flavors of dark cherry, strawberry and raspberry with a hint of herbs in the background. Some tannins surface on the finish. Score: 89

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A Woman's Palate
1 1 1 1 1 (Sep 19, 2014 at 1:39 PM)

Looking for something to warm you up on this blustery day? Vintner Kathleen Inman likes to pair this Moroccan Stew with her Thorn Ridge Pinot Noir. The savory and spicy quality of this Pinot is a perfect foil for the aromatic spices in the dish.

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