2011 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir
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.
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.
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 on June 4, 2013.
Food Pairing Notes
Our family's favorite pairings are braised shortribs or Moroccan-inspired lamb shanks.
Aged 19 months in French oak, 13.8% alcohol