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2012 OGV Estate Pinot Noir

2012 OGV Estate Pinot Noir
15 Bottles: Highly Acclaimed
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Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) is the Inman Family’s sensitively 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. The 2012 vintage is one of the most acclaimed in the last decade. It was a long, even growing season that was niether too hot nor too cold, it was just right. Olivet Grange (OGV) is our prized estate vineyard and the backbone of our passion for pinot. Every year, the wines from this vineyard gain in intensity as the vines mature. The 2012 OGV offers amazing levels of aromatic depth and an ethereal presence in the mouth despite its youth.Winemaker, Kathleen Inman has increased the use of whole cluster inclusion in the OGV estate every year since 2009 and the nuance, complexity and elegance in this wine, without any hint of “greenness” or “steminess”, is testament to the quality of our vineyard. 

“Year after year we like this wine. However biased, the quality of this exquisite pinot noir is undeniable. Bright cherry and pomegranate flavors with hints of mushrooms and sage.” -Capital News-Gazette

"The nose brings a pleasing smile with hi-tone aromas of Bing cherry, baking spice, and rose petal. Vigorous on the attack, with delicious flavors of cherry, strawberry, cola, earthy flora, and spice. Silky and elegant on the palate, with modest tannins, balanced acidity, and a finish consumed by intense cherry goodness." -PinotFile,  93

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
OGV Estate
Harvest Date
September 14, 20 and 27
TA 5.1
French oak
Native yeast and Native bacteria
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
moderate fine tannins
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aroma: Dominated by rose petal, mace and forest floor, with an intriguing strawberry-rhubarb crumble character, and just a hint of roasted game and cola. Flavor: Bright tart cherry and ripe rhubarb are at the fore; cherry pit, black truffle and savory herbs create an ethereal presence on the palate. Layers of ripe strawberry combine with mace and nutmeg. The wine is elegant, finessed and balanced with OGV's signature long finish revealing iron and mineral along with pomegranate. Still in its infancy, this wine will benefit from additional cellaring.
Wine of The Week, The Press Democrat July 29, 2015
Production Notes
Olivet Grange Vineyard was picked on three separate dates - September 14, 20, and 27. In this vintage whole clusters were used in several of the small lots. The final blend has 50% whole cluster. No water or acid was added and no saignee of the must was made. 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 in a basket press and settled overnight before being moved to French oak barrels (primarily Sirugue) of various ages, most of which were more than 3 years old. The wines were kept on their fine lees and stirred regularly until they were settled for bottling under screwcap.
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Planet Grape Wine Review
(May 20, 2016 at 12:32 PM)
PG 91 pts. Silky, dry and tart with notes of ripe cherry, menthol, mocha and earth. Organic.

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Chato Castillo
(Aug 16, 2016 at 8:42 PM)
I love the OGV wines. This wine is great and just makes you feel happy. Starts off full of flavor and ends smoothly.

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