2012 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir
A popular companion to our OGV Estate Pinot Noir, the 2012 Thorn Ridge Ranch is a roller coaster of juicy berry compote and dried herbs. This vintage is highly perfumed with scents of smokey tea, cherry and dried herbs (sage and bay). A delicious effort that is already a favorite of recent visitors to our tasting room.
Farmed by Ted Klopp and his daughter Lauren Klopp Williams, this vineyard is located high in the Sebastopol Hills, in an area which had previously been soley 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, 667 and 777 and are from the upper and lower parts of the ranch.
Color: light cherry red with translucent ring
Aroma: Black tea, cherry, dried and fresh herbs - particularly bay and sage. Redolent with exotic spices.
Flavor: This is an elegant, silky 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 2022.
Winemaking: The fruit was destemmed and cold soaked for 4 days in open-top 5-ton stainless steel tank. 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 15% was new. A native malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. The wines were filtered by crossflow and bottled under screwcap.