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November 6, 2013 | Mike Sai

A Growing Organic Partnership

Relationships are important in life. Owner and winemaker, Kathleen Inman has been working with vineyard manager and grower Jim Pratt since planting the Olivet Grange Vineyard in 2000. Jim’s meticulous farming techniques and his wealth of viticultural knowledge have helped to make Olivet Grange one of the finest vineyards in the Russian River Valley. In turn, Jim has adopted many of the same organic and sustainable practices in his vineyards that Kathleen pioneered at Olivet Grange. In 2010, we began purchasing Chardonnay from Jim’s Irwin Lane Cornerstone Vineyard for our award-winning Chardonnay and this year, the relationship expanded to include two of Jim’s fantastic Pinot Noir vineyards: Sexton Road Ranch and Pratt Vine Hill.

The last year has yielded numerous awards and positive reviews for our wines. To meet increased demand, these new vineyard sources were added for the 2013 Harvest with the goal of offering our customers more options for naturally made Pinot Noirs which reflect the unique places where they are grown. The Sexton Road Ranch and Pratt Vine Hill vineyard have Pinot Noir clones, micro-climates and soils that are very different to what we have at Olivet Grange and we are excited about the opportunity to produce new, exciting wines for you to enjoy in addition to the Olivet Grange wines. Although the primary fermentation has just finished, these new wines are already showing incredible balance and intense flavors, even at this early stage in their development.

Sexton Road Ranch is in the Sebastopol Hills area of the Russian River Valley, not far from Thorn Ridge Ranch, and is planted to Pommard 4 and 5, and Clones 23, and 777 in Goldridge soil. This is a cool site and lies adjacent to the Littorai Estate vineyard.

Pratt Vine Hill is a small ‘moonscape’ parcel of Goldridge soil near Forestville, just on the edge of the Green Valley sub-appellation in the Laguna Hills. It is planted to Mount Eden, Martini and Swan Pinot Noir clones. With prestigious neighbors such as Kistler and Dehlinger, this relatively young vineyard site has amazing potential.

The 2013 Harvest is now almost complete, with all lots fermented dry. After several weeks of very early mornings in the vineyards followed by long days in the cellar, we are pleased to report that the 2013 vintage is showing every indication of being stellar.


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