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2008 Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) Pinot Noir

2008 Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) Pinot Noir
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Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV Estate) 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 and the grapes for the 2008 OGV Estate were picked on 4 separate occasions as field blends to create three wines which showcased different ripeness levels. After 11 months in barrel, individual barrels from each of the lots were selected to form this special single vineyard cuvee.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Olivet Grange Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 2008
0.80 TA @ harvest
3.35 @harvest
french oak, 12 months
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Color: Bright garnet Aroma: Rose petal, cherry, raspberry, beeswax, ginger, clove and star anise Flavor: 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 red currant and dried cranberry. The texture is more luscious than the 2007 vintage - more velvet to the previous vintage's silk satin; the wine is medium bodied and has fine tannins. This wine should continue to improve with careful cellaring until at least 2017.
Vineyard Notes
In 2008, Olivet Grange Vineayrd (OGV) was devestated by a number of frost event. The result was a 49.5% loss based on the vineyard's three year yields. The wine, as a result of very small berries and a mix of bloom times, is a very concentrated, fruit forward Pinot Noir, which truely reflects the vineyard that year. Although different from any other OGV I have made, it is fine example of the impact that weather can have on a vintage.
Production Notes
Following a cold soak of 4 days, each of the 3 lots produced from this vineyard was fermented using native yeast and bacteria. Temperatures in the tanks were kept below 80 degrees during the primary fermentations. The cap was punched down three times each day. At the end of fermentation, the wines were pressed and settled overnight before being moved to French oak barrels (primarily Sirugue and Remond). The wines were kept on their fine lees and stirred regularly until they were settled for bottling under screwcap. Only 438 cases produced due to heavy crop loss from spring frost.
Product Reviews
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Prince of Pinot
(Aug 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM)
"Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure, but attractive aromas of dark red berries and cherries with a hint of spice. Delicious medium-weight core of perfectly ripe dark red stone fruits with a subtle note of graham and rhubarb. A serious, hi-collared, and impeccably balanced wine with intense flavor, yet remaining crisp from bright acidity, and finishing with memorable aromatic persistence. Will continue to improve in the bottle for a few years as the tannins assume more polish and the oak settles in." PinotFile Newsletter, Volume 8 Issue 40, 30 June 2011

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John Winthrop Haeger
(Aug 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM)
"2008 OGV Pinot Noir (tasted pre-release in 2010): Transparent medium ruby, noticeably darker than the 2007; nose of red berry fruits, pot pourri, and soft spice; rich on the palate with a bit more weight than the two previous vintages, flavors across the spectrum of both black and red fruits; the sensation of structure builds slowly from attack through mid-palate; a bit of mocha on the finish. A relatively ripe OGV, owing primarily to cool and inclement weather in the spring and a smaller-than-usual crop." - John Winthrop Haeger, author of North American Pinot Noir and Pacific Pinot Noir.

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The Tasting Panel
(Apr 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM)
Feather-pillow plushness, delicately spiced. Essence of rose dust, jasmine and sencha green tea make this an exotic sip. The fruit is vibrant, red and juicy—from raspberry to rhubarb. 95

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