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2012 Blanc de Noir

2012 Blanc de Noir
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The success of the first Inman Family sparkling wine from our Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) estate in 2009, a Brut Rosé Nature, led me to produce not only a Brut Rosé in 2012, but also a Blanc de Noir. The 2012 the OGV Estate was picked twice for sparkling: first for the Blanc de Noir and then a week later for the Brut Rosé. Whole clusters were put in a bladder press and the free run juice was captured for the cuvee. Two press fractions, or tailles, were then taken and all three portions were fermented separately. The same happened with the pick one week later, but when the base wines had finished fermenting, the four tailles fractions were used in creating the two distinct blends before the wine went en tirage. After nearly three years of bottle aging on yeast, 266 cases were disgorged October 26th, 2015. No dosage was added.

Single vineyard, single vintage sparkling wines are unusual in California. My goal was to make a grower Champagne-style wine from my organically farmed estate vineyard. This small lot of elegant, food friendly méthode champenoise is 100% Pinot Noir. The wine has a very fine bead, almost no color just the palest hay-colored tint, and wonderful aromas of caramelized apple crumble on the nose, and on the palate, green apple which moves towards lemon meringue pie and then finishes with seashells and a chalky minerality: a clean, crisp palate impression.  The acidity is very bright and creates a pleasing structure for this linear, focused wine. 

Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
OGV Estate
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Frederic Koeppel's Gravatar
Frederic Koeppel
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(Jan 7, 2016 at 1:25 PM)
The Inman Family Wines Blanc de Noirs 2012, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, is the winery’s first blanc de noirs, following its Brut Rose into production. Made from Inman’s OGV Estate Vineyard, the all-pinot noir wine aged almost three years en tirage and was finished with no dosage — added sugar — so it qualifies for the Bone-Dry category. The color is palest straw, and the bubbles are fervently dynamic in their upward, spiraling surge. First come notes of baked apple, roasted lemon and lemongrass, with undertones of lightly buttered cinnamon toast, pastry, spiced pear and damp chalk. On the palate, slashing acidity cuts a swath on the palate, while a crystalline limestone element adds a bracing quality of seashell and salt marsh to the finish. Taut, nervy and dramatic, this blanc de noirs feels deep, ethereal and elevating. Drink now through 2019 to ’22. Winemaker was Kathleen Inman. Excellent. Frederic Koeppel -

Jeanne O’Brien Coffey's Gravatar
Jeanne O’Brien Coffey
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(Jan 7, 2016 at 1:42 PM)
Meditate on endless tiny bubbles while enjoying an exceptionally long finish in this single vineyard sparkler made from 100% Pinot Noir from Kathleen Inman’s Olivet Grange Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Disgorged on October 26th, just in time for the holidays, only 266 cases of this elegant tipple were produced. The tart, refreshing palate, with hints of green apple and hibiscus, is delicate, with some minerality and very food friendly. Oh, and it would look lovely with an engagement ring at the bottom of the glass. Jeanne O’Brien Coffey -

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Meg Maker
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(Jan 7, 2016 at 1:47 PM)
Another mono-parcelle wine, this one all Pinot Noir grown at the estate’s Olivet Grange Vineyard. Fruit was whole-cluster pressed, with the free run juice and first two tailles vinified separately. Harvest for the winery’s rosé Brut Nature was completed a week later, and selected top cuts of both wines were used in the final cuvée. This blend was then put en tirage and rested on lees for three years. It was disgorged in October 2015 and capped with zero dosage. (Phew!) The result is the palest straw-gold color, with a scent of biscuit and almond and citrus. Its fine, quiet perlage yields green apple acidity and a finishing flare of lemon and stone. It has the spine to age. It is also the shining exemplar of “attenuated and elegant,” so let’s stop here. Meg Maker -

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Planet Grape Wine Review
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(May 20, 2016 at 12:37 PM)
PG 91 pts. This rare single vineyard single varietal sparkling wine is bone dry, and tangy with notes of lemon, peach, pine and ginger. Organic.

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