Inman Family Wines Go Natural
Planet Grape Wine Review
May 20, 2016
By Catherine Fallis
Often referred to as “the barometer of Russian River Valley” as she is one of the earliest to harvest her grapes, owner and winemaker Kathleen Inman is quietly making natural wines that feel alive on the palate. This self-proclaimed “grape groper” picks by taste and feel, not by brix, the accumulation of sugar in the grapes. She adds no sulfur, enzymes, water or cultured yeasts during winemaking, and the fruit from her estate is certified organic.
Her specialty is elegant, European-style Pinot Noir, including a rare single vineyard sparkling wine, and her light and very dry Chardonnay and Pinot Gris also reflect the European sense of restraint. Read our reviews of Inman Family Wines here:
2013 Inman Family Pinot Noir Pratt Vine Hill Russian River Valley
92 13.8%, 750 ml, $68 Open and inviting, lean and fresh with notes of cherry, blueberry, violet, lavender, mushroom and black peppercorn. Natural.
2013 Inman Family Pinot Noir Sexton Road Ranch Sonoma Coast
93 14.3%, 750 ml, $63 Delicate, dry, tart and expressive with notes of bing cherry, sundried tomato, black and pepper, tar and earth. Natural.
2012 Inman Family Estate Pinot Noir OGV Russian River Valley
91 13.6%, 750 ml, $68 Silky, dry and tart with notes of ripe cherry, menthol, mocha and earth. Organic.
2013 Inman Family Estate Pinot Noir OGV Russian River Valley
92 14.2%, 750 ml, $68 Delicate, lean, silky and sanguine with notes of strawberry, cherry, nutmeg, sarsaparilla, and salami. Organic.
2014 Inman Family Pinot Gris Russian River Valley
90 12.5%, 750 ml, $35 Tart, tangy and dry with notes of lemon pith, almond sliver and dried herbs. Natural. Unfined. Vegan.
2013 Inman Family Chardonnay Russian River Valley
90 12.2%, 750 ml, $35 Lean, lightly creamy and very dry with notes of lemon peel, tangerine and pear. Natural.
2012 Inman Family Estate Blanc de Noir Brut Nature OGV Russian River Valley
91 12%, 750 ml, $68 This rare single vineyard single varietal sparkling wine is bone dry, and tangy with notes of lemon, peach, pine and ginger. Organic.