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2012 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir

2012 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir
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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). This is 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.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Vineyard Designation
Thorn Ridge Ranch
Harvest Date
September 2012
11 Months French Oak
Bottling Date
8 August 2013
Residual Sugar
Silky and Moderate
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is light cherry red in color with a translucent ring. On the nose, there is black tea, cherry, dried and fresh herbs - particularly bay and sage. It is redolent with exotic spices. This is an elegant, silky wine with ripe blackberry and cherry flavors. Secondary fruit components include black raspberries, and an almost saline/sea breeze hint. It has a rich, round mid-palate with balanced tannins. The finish is velvety and long, with a beautiful earthiness. This wine should continue to improve with careful cellaring until at least 2022.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was destemmed and cold soaked for 4 days in an 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: approximately 15% was new. A native malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. The wines were filtered by crossflow and bottled under screwcap.
226 Cases
Product Reviews
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Chato Castillo
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(Aug 16, 2016 at 8:39 PM)
I love this wine as it is smooth and full of flavor. It gets better and better every time I drink it.

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Wine Enthusiast
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(Apr 12, 2017 at 11:32 AM)
WE 90 pts - From a vineyard farmed by Ted Klopp of Klopp Ranch, this is a light, spicy vineyard-designate, silky smooth in crisp red cherry and berry. A streak of fresh-picked herb overlays the soft wine, which finishes with a taste of wet stone-like minerality. - Virginie Boone

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