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2018 Endless Crush® Rosé Pratt Vine Hill

2018 Endless Crush® Rosé Pratt Vine Hill
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In 2018 I realized my vision of creating three single vineyard, intentional rosés from the three beautiful Pinot Noir vineyards I have worked with since 2013. The Pratt Vine Hill is a delicate, mineral driven rosé that makes one crave a salad Niçoise in the sunshine!

“The first time I had an elegant dry rosé wine was on a simple but romantic picnic with my husband Simon in Provence 35 years ago. Local cheese, bread, fruit, the fabulous, dramatic scenery and that Provençal wine with its delicate salmon pink color, crisp acidity and floral aromas forever linked in my mind rosé wines with romance. In 2004, I harvested Olivet Grange Pinot Noir on September 1st, which was our 20th wedding anniversary. To celebrate and mark the occasion I made a special rosé, which I called “Endless Crush”.  I am very excited to share the three single vineyard versions this year. “ – Kathleen Inman, Winemaker and Owner

Some rosés are made as a by-product of red wine by bleeding off (saigner) some of the juice early in the production process to create a higher ratio of skin to juice, which will concentrate the resultant red wine. Endless Crush® is not made in this manner. The intention from the start was to create a rosé separate from our Pinot Noir. Rosés made intentionally, rather than simply by drawing off the freerun juice, tend to have greater complexity and structure because the entire cluster is destemmed and then the grapes are pressed within a few hours of destemming.

This 2018 vintage of Endless Crush® Pratt Vine Hill is made entirely from Jim Pratt's Sonoma County Certified Sustainable, vineyard at the corenr of Vine Hill and Vine Hill School Roads in the Laguna Ridge Neighborhood of the Russian River Valley; like that first rosé I enjoyed in France, this wine is a beautiful, pale, delicate pink and is crisp and refreshing. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Pratt Vine Hill Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 2018
Acid
0.8
pH
3.2
Bottling Date
January 22, 2019
Residual Sugar
0.04
Alcohol %
13.9
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The lightest in color of the three Endless Crush® rosés, it is not shy on aroma or flavor. On the nose fresh nectarine and honeysuckle and on the palate, stone fruits, citrus and mineral. Bright acidity, great length, very dry and very clean. A glass of this makes me crave the sun and a Salad Niçoise on the patio!
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was harvested by hand at night, and was destemmed and sent direct to a Diemme press and pressed on a delicate white wine cycle. The juice was moved to tank for cold settling, racked and then inoculated for primary fermentation using a Provencal yeast strain. It aged in small stainless steel barrels at ambient temperatures on the lees, with regular battonage, until it was prepared for bottling. After cross-flow filtration, the wine was bottled under Stelvin closure.
Production
271 Cases
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BY JANICE O'LEARY, SARA L. SCHNEIDER (FORBES MAGAZINE)'s Gravatar
BY JANICE O'LEARY, SARA L. SCHNEIDER (FORBES MAGAZINE)
(Aug 2, 2019 at 10:54 AM)
Leading the field in pushing rosé into wine geek territory (in the best way) is Kathleen Inman, who has produced a Pinot Noir Rosé from her Olivet Grange estate vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley since 2004, a wine she made to mark her 20th wedding anniversary to her husband, Simon, aptly called “Endless Crush.” Inman is convinced that a good rosé can not only carry unique flavor markers from its fruit source, but also reflect the nuances of the specific site the fruit came from. In fact, she believes rosé can do that almost better than a red wine.

Here’s how she explains it: “It’s my belief that the riper grapes get, the longer they stay on the vine, the more the unique varietal [and vineyard-specific] flavors are muddied. Pinots that are left to reach high brix before picking all take on stewed fruit, prune, or raisin flavors that aren’t easily differentiated from Syrah or Grenache that have also been left to hang. In contrast, if you pick when the grapes first become ripe, like I do for rosé, the unique flavors really stand out.”

So in 2018, besides the rosé from her estate vineyard, Inman made a rosé from two other vineyards she sources Pinot from in the region. The trio—a first, as far as we know—make a terrific study in terroir through rosé. “The contrast among the three vineyards I work with is very noticeable in the red wines,” she says, “but as rosé, they’re worlds apart.”

The three bottles of Inman’s Endless Crush would elevate a summer gathering of serious wine friends to all new levels of rosé consciousness. And we’ve added a few more of our new favorites—all offering the nuance of variety and place that make them serious wines.

Inman Family 2018 Pratt Vine Hill Endless Crush Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

The profound paleness of this wine belies its intensity of tart flavors. A savory herbal quality mixes with spice and haunting hibiscus on the nose, with under-ripe stone fruit and cherry carrying through a long, bright finish ($38).

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By Jabet Balicki
(Aug 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM)
2019 NCWC Gold Medal Winners The Press Democrat

By Jabet Balicki

April 16, 2019

Inman Family Winery: 2018 Pratt Vine Hill Endless Crush® Rosé, Russian River Valley, 93 points

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Linda Murphy (Sonoma Magazine)
(Aug 2, 2019 at 11:12 AM)
Inman Family Wines 2018 Endless Crush Pratt Vine Hill Vineyard Rosé Russian River Valley ($38)

Kathleen Inman produces three still rosés: this one offers watermellon and cherry aromas, and a flavorful yet elegant palate of crisp berry, cherry, red melon, and white peach flavors. There is a minerally edge to this mouthwaterining and classy wine.

sonomamag.com

July/ August 2019

By Jabet Balicki's Gravatar
By Jabet Balicki
(Aug 2, 2019 at 12:00 PM)
Inman Family “Endless Crush,” Sonoma County. This sustainable winery makes a trio of pretty-in-pink rosés made from Pinot Noir in three different parcels in the Russian River Valley. The unifying theme is a linear freshness and underlying tart red fruit ...the Pratt Vine Hill is aperitif-ready with hints of pink grapefruit giving over to white nectarines and other stone-fruits. SRP: line priced at $38

American Rosé: Pink, Patriotic and Pleasing Forbes Magazine

July 3, 2019

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Virginie Boone
(Aug 2, 2019 at 12:40 PM)
92 Inman Family 2018 Endless Crush Pratt Vine Hill Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley). Crisp, dry and made with intent, this is a meaty, substantive vineyard-designate that shows structure and underlying power beneath its high-toned intensity. Wild strawberry and blood orange rise to the top of the flavor profile, with teases of dried herb. —V.B. abv: 13.9% Price: $38

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

September 2019

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Drew Stofflett
(Aug 2, 2019 at 12:50 PM)
The 2018 Endless Crush Rosé of Pinot Noir Pratt Vine Hill is not shy. More Provencal yeast and fresh fruit from Jim Pratt’s Sonoma County Certified Sustainable vineyard in the Laguna Ridge neighborhood district of the Russian River Valley. The nose is nectarines and honeysuckle. The fruit is peach, pear and strawberry. Inman craves tuna Nicoise with this.

Stofflet: Endless Crush Rosé shows where the love comes from Aspen Daily News

April 19, 2019

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Meg Houston Maker
(Aug 10, 2019 at 2:36 PM)
2018 Inman Family Endless Crush Rosé Pratt Vine Hill Russian River Valley Light shell pink color with a watery rim, very like the classic Provençal rosé. The fragrance is sharp, almost saline, with a blade of tart rhubarb and mint. It’s likewise lean on the palate, with angular acidity. This wine shines with tangy foods: goat cheese, tomato salad, ceviche.

terroirreview.com July 7, 2019

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