Inman Family Russian River Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
Aroma: Sweet cherry, white chocolate, strawberry, fresh ginger and nutmeg.
Flavor: Sweet cherry, strawberry, and vanilla. Secondary flavors include roasted meat and savory herbs, dried cranberries, caramel and baking spices - cloves, nutmeg and ginger. The texture is voluptous and fills your mouth while the acid perks up the taste buds and give the wine a "salivacious" quality. The finish is long and complex.
International Wine Cellar - "Light red. Pungent redcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by musky herbs, flowers and licorice. Light in weight, with finely etched red berry flavors that possess sneaky power and are framed by silky tannins. Dusty mineral and dried rose notes build with air and carry through the tightly focused finish. I like this wine's understated, fat-free personality."
Inman Family Winery
Established in 2000 with the planting of organically farmed Olivet Grange Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, Inman Family Wines is the result of Simon and Kathleen Inman's love of Pinot Noir and the soil that produces it. Their wines are produced exclusively with wine grapes from the Russian River Valley and made in an acid-driven, balanced style that is best enjoyed with your next meal. View all Inman Family Wines
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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8 ratings, 5 with reviewsAbcd - Washington, DC33/12/2011Wines for the Cabin - Orefield, PA47/8/2011Ramin Cherafat - Shawnee Mission, KS52/24/2011mbo2304 - Austin, TX42/23/2011This is a very bright (on the nose especially), fruit forward Pinot, that accentuates red cherry on the palate, and delivers a long and pleasant finish.Jack Anderson - Hartford, CT22/10/2011Pinots are tricky - riding that fine line between subltle and delicate, and insubstantial. Though flavor notes were adequate, not enough structure. Not a rip-off at $16.inthenow - Wichita, KS52/9/2011light but fruity and pleasantly dryMathew Thomas - Falls Church, VA42/3/2011Textbook RRV pinot. Nice fruit - even with 5 years of age - hits of strawberries. Excellent value.eCo - Spring, TX31/31/2011You gotta love the above professional reviewer's panache: "...understated, fat-free personality". In other words, 'not very rich'. That's how I'd describe this smooth, but light and one-dimensional pinot. It's not unpleasant, but is way over-priced at the current offering of $24.99.Related Products
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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