Inman Family Russian River Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
Red fruit dominates the flavor profile. Mouthwatering perception of acid makes this a fabulous food wine. Layers of ripe cherry, dried cranberry, rhubarb and raspberry fruits combine with notes of cinnamon and earthy minerality. The wine is elegant, finessed and well balanced with long "cranberry zing" finish which lingers. The texture is silky and the wine is medium bodied with fine tannins.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. Ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas show good freshness and suave floral and Indian spice nuances. Fleshy red fruit flavors gain depth and power with air, picking up notes of cola and bitter chocolate. Leaves peppery spice and medicinal cherry notes behind on the long, supple, gently tannic finish. I like this savory pinot's depth and grip. "
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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4 ratings, 3 with reviewswalktard - Tahoe City, CA42/9/2014Richard Martin - Shawnee Mission, KS22/5/2014
A touch too light for my tastes. Enjoyable but seems lacking in character.51/28/2014
- Light & Fruity
A beautifully subtle and drinkable wine. Immediately pleasureable to my taste buds. When I poured a glass for my husband, who had gotten tired of drinking pinots, he remarked how good this wine was. Glad I bought more of this at a great price.Ruth - Danville, CA41/3/2014Very light, even for a pinot. Lovely fresh berry flavor though and very enjoyable to drink.Related ProductsGold Medal Winner: California State Fair (Double Gold 98 Points), Critics Challenge International Wine Competition (93 Points), Orange County Fair, ...
- Smooth & Supple
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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