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2007 OGV Estate Pinot Noir

2007 OGV Estate Pinot Noir
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Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) is the Inman Family’s organically farmed estate vineyard. This 10.45 acre vineyard is located at the junction of Olivet and Piner Roads amidst some of Sonoma County's and the Russian River Valley's most respected vineyards.

There are 5 types (clones 114, 115, 667, 777, and 828) of Pinot Noir grown here. The grapes for the 2007 OGV Estate were picked on 3 separate occasions as field blends to create three wines which showcased different ripeness levels. After 17 months in barrel, individual barrels from each of the lots were selected to form this special single vineyard cuvée.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
OGV Estate
Harvest Date
30 August, 5 and 8 September 2007
17 Months in French Oak (30% New)
Bottling Date
February 2009
Residual Sugar
Medium to High for Pinot Noir
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Stephen Tanzer's
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is bright garnet in color, with aromas of rose petal, cherry, raspberry, black tea, ginger, clove, and star anise. Red fruit dominates the flavor profile. Layers of sweet, ripe cherry, dried cranberry, rhubarb, and raspberry fruits combine with clove and cinnamon spice. The wine is elegant, finessed and well balanced with OGV's signature long finish revealing iron and mineral along with strawberry, cherry, and cocoa powder hints. The texture is like silk satin. The wine is medium bodied and has fine tannins. This wine should continue to improve with careful cellaring until at least 2015.
90 pts - Burghound
Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
Vineyard Notes
The 2007 vintage has received a great deal of hype and much of it is justified. An unusually mild and even growing season allowed our vineyard to mature beautifully in 2007. Modest winter rainfall and a dry and mild spring led to bud break and flowering about two weeks earlier than normal in our vineyard. The drought conditions led to controlled canopy growth and smaller berries. OGV had no pressure from rot or mildew so the fruit was in perfect condition when we picked on August 30, September 5 and 8, 2007.
Winemaker Notes
The Olivet Grange fruit was picked over three days and fermented as field blends of our clones 114, 115, 667, and 777. An extra clean pick in the field was followed by hand sorting and then de-stemming in 5-ton stainless steel open top fermenters. The de-stemmed fruit was left to cold soak for 4 days. On the fourth day, the temperature was raised and the lots were allowed to begin a native fermentation, except for the August 30 lot which was inoculated with Ashmanhaussen yeast. The must in each fermenter was punched down three times a day for 15 to 20 minutes to aid in extraction of color, tannins, and flavors. Pumpovers were performed to aid in extraction on day 7. The temperature of the tanks was kept between 68-75 degrees Fahrenheit. These cooler temperatures preserve the aromas and more delicate flavors of Pinot Noir. No water, acid, enzymes, or additions other than organic yeast nutrients were used in production. At the end of primary fermentation, the wines were pressed off and moved to French oak from a variety of coopers: Remond, Sirugue, Billon, and Francois Freres. MLF completed in all barrels by late November. The wines rested in barrel for 17 months and received weekly b√Ętonnage for the first six months and every month until one month prior to bottling.
Product Reviews
John W Haeger's Gravatar
John W Haeger
(Dec 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM)
2007 OGV Pinot Noir (tasted in 2010): Transparent, medium garnet color; very aromatically expressive, especially of orange flower water and rose petals; slightly fruit-sweet on the palate with plenty of orange peel and red fruit; grip and mineral-rich earth builds behind the fruit from mid-palate to the finish; slightly lighter and brighter overall than either the 2006 or the 2008. Still a little shy but very attractive, and likely to open further with another year or two of bottle age.

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(Oct 17, 2011 at 4:28 PM)
A reserved and more elegant nose offers up notes of spice and sandalwood that adds breadth to the fresh red currant and cherry suffused aromas. The detailed, pure and equally refined flavors possess impeccable balance and fine length. This understated effort is close to being ready but to my taste it could still use another 2 to 3 years of cellar time. 90/2013+

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Wine Enthusiast
(Apr 12, 2017 at 1:05 PM)
WE 93 pts - An interesting, complex wine that merits some time in the cellar. With low alcohol, it's dry and silky, highlighted by brisk acidity and dusty tannins. But most compelling are the flavors, which range from fruity sour cherries and pomegranates to mushrooms, tea, cola and sweet herbs. Oak adds the perfect touch of sweet toast. Should develop gracefully through 2015. Cellar Selection. 12/1/2011

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