Inman Family Wines’ Spectacular OGV Pinot Noir: January 2017

Inman Family Vineyards “OGV Estate” Pinot Noir 2010 750ML ($49.95) Buy Now: $33 special – in stock now!

We can be homers for Pinot from Oregon here, but every now and then we get a wine from California that is spectacular enough to break the spell of the Willamette–at least for a minute.  That’s how it is for us with the wines of Inman Family Vineyards in the Russian River Valleybarrel_taste_3, especially for the OGV estate Pinot Noir.

Kathleen Inman is one of the most delightful winemakers we know of and the wine she makes from her estate vineyard, “Olivet Grange,” is the highlight of her portfolio every year.  Her wines manage to combine a grace and elegance that one usually associates with old world wines with the rich, cherry fruit of the Russian River Valley.  The results are crowd pleasing wines that manage to be both intellectual and hedonistic year in and out.

They also age remarkably well, which is nice because we just got our hands on a cache of some of her 2010 OGV Pinot Noir, which we’re super excited to offer. Even better, they’re just $33/bottle, which is more than 50% off the price that you’d pay if you ordered from the winery (her 2012’s and ’13’s are both $73/bottle from the estate).  2010 was an excellent vintage in the Russian River Valley and the wine is in a really nice place right now, though it will surely age for another 5-10 years without a problem.

Inman Family Vineyards “OGV Estate” Pinot Noir 2010 750ML ($49.95) Buy Now: $33 special – in stock now!

Stephen Tanzer 93 Points “(made with one-half whole clusters and 12.5% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. A heady, spice-accented bouquet displays scents of strawberry preserves, potpourri and incense, complemented by a lively note of white pepper. Silky, spicy and lithe, with an alluring sweetness and bright mineral cut to its intense red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Pure and seamless pinot, with great upfront appeal and a delicacy that hearkens to the Old World. The “OGV” here stands for Olivet Grange Vineyard, the Inmans’ home property. They are unable to use the word “Grange” in the wine name because of legal challenges.”