This single-vineyard rosé of Pinot Noir was grown in the winery’s estate Olivet Grange Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The fruit was hand-harvested overnight, then whole-cluster pressed. The free-run juice and taille were fermented separately, and only a small amount of the cuts ended up in the wine. The assemblage earned its color from a 3 percent addition of OGV estate Pinot Noir from the 2013 vintage, and the wine aged for 22 months on lees before disgorgement, dosed at a mere 0.5 g/L.
The color is gilded salmon, shiny and very pretty, and its spumy pour subsides into abundant pearly beads. The fragrance is bready with fresh brioche and marzipan, but also offers a faint sense of melon and strawberry. The texture is scintillant, the acidity bolstering the active mousse to create a foamy, spritely, cleansing mouthfeel that still manages savoriness. Although the wine is mostly not about fruit, when it warms and settles it begins to yield spring berries and peach.
This is a gastronomy wine, a sparkling Pinot Noir rosé meant for food. Try it with a cheese course featuring young cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses, cured meats, roasted nuts, and a scattering of fresh and dried fruits. It’s also great with roasted salmon and chicken, or lighter cuts of meat and game.
2014 Inman Family OGV Estate Brut Rosé Russian River Valley
12% abv | $68 (sample) 175 cases made