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2018 Endless Crush® Rosé - OGV Estate

2018 Endless Crush® Rosé - OGV Estate
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The 2018 Endless Crush® has lovely weight on the palate and not quite as much sweet fruit as the 2017. With higher acid and lower alcohol this aromatic rose is beautifully balanced. A crowd pleaser. Ripe watermelon, strawberries, and guava with lovely minerality and racy acidity to delight the palate. The previous vintage was rated 94 points by Wine Enthusiast! This wine is always a BIG hit. Get it while you can!!

“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 byproduct 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® is made entirely from our organically farmed, Sonoma County Sustainable, Olivet Grange estate fruit; 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
Olivet Grange Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 2018
Acid
0.7
pH
3.3
Bottling Date
January 18, 2019
Residual Sugar
0.1
Alcohol %
12
Wine Enthusiast
94
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine is pale pink, with intense aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon, honeysuckle, guava, and ruby grapefruit zest. On the palate, there is strawberry, mineral, blood orange, and watermelon rind.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was harvested by hand at night, and was destemmed and left to for a few hours - the traditional measure of time is the time it takes to go to the taqueria, have two tacos and return to the winery! The fruit was then moved to a Wilmes 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 Provençal yeast strain. It aged in stainless steel on the lees until it was prepared for bottling. After cross-flow filtration, the wine was bottled under Stelvin closure.
Production
1,215 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 10:52 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 Olivet Grange Estate Vineyard Endless Crush Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

A distinct minerality in this Endless Crush—even a salinity (appealing)—underlines rose petals on the nose. Vibrant citrus and juicy watermelon follow on a palate marked by racy acidity, texture, and tension ($38).

Forbes Magazine- July 6, 2019

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By Laura Bortolot (Forbes Magazine)
(Aug 2, 2019 at 11:44 AM)
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 OGV Estate hinted at exotic tropical fruits but kept its lightness with a citrus-driven streak of acidity...

American Rosé: Pink, Patriotic and Pleasing Forbes Magazine

July 3, 2019

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Roger Morris
(Aug 2, 2019 at 12:06 PM)
“As it ages, the fruit-forward nature softens, and the more subtle flavors of herbs de Provence and rhubarb come to the fore, while the strawberries and watermelon are secondary. The texture also changes – softer, more velvety.”

Food and Wine- July 2, 2019

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Virginie Boone
(Aug 2, 2019 at 12:37 PM)
94 pts. Inman Family 2018 OGV Estate Endless Crush Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley). From the producer’s estate, this is an impressive wine, made in a light, crisp style that remains fresh and focused in acidity. Dry, it unfurls lovely layers of cranberry, cherry and orange peel alongside an undeniable mineral component that’s a mix of wet stone and gravel. There are teases of rose petal along the way. —V.B. abv: 12% Price: $38

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

September 2019

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Drew Stofflett
(Aug 2, 2019 at 12:46 PM)
The 2018 Endless Crush Rosé Of Pinot Noir OGV Estate showcases her Olivet Grange Vineyard with high acid and low alcohol. The aromatics strike a pose in this beautifully balanced number. Tingly like a first kiss, full of ripe watermelon, kiwi, star fruit and guava. Two words come to mind: racy and minerally. Provencal yeast strains ensure that original “endless crush” aromatic quality of French reminiscence. In the present, a plate of fish tacos comes to mind.

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

April 19, 2019

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Leslie McKenzie
(Aug 2, 2019 at 12:54 PM)
INMAN FAMILY WINES. I am a big fan of at home entertaining and am looking forward to pouring Inman Family Wines at my next gathering- they're all sustainably and organically farmed, which makes them that much more enjoyable.

C Magazine: The C List C Magazine

March, 2019

By Leslie McKenzie

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Meg Houston Maker
(Aug 10, 2019 at 2:34 PM)
2018 Inman Family Endless Crush Rosé OGV Estate Russian River Valley Pale candy pink color with an almost bluish tinge. The aromas suggest tart strawberry and rhubarb fruit, and the wine offers glassine acidity. But the finish is coating, swelling with tropical fruits like passion fruit and mango. A good sipping wine with appetizers, light fish and shellfish preparations, chicken salad, white beans, tuna, pasta primavera.

terroirreview.com July 7, 2019

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