2009 Olson Ogden Pinot Noir Alder Springs
"This is not your typical fruit forward California Pinot Noir. It's reminiscent of a more Burgundian style of wine rarely found in California. Deep in color, the wine exhibits a def balance with plenty of structure and complexity to age and evolve over the next 10 to 15 years. There are harmonious notes of black cherry, plum and earthy mocha that come singing through. The wine is full on the palate with ripe tannins and a long lingering finish." - Tim Olson, Winemaker
Alder Springs Vineyard:
"Alder Springs is located just outside of Laytonville in Mendocino County, an hour north of Ukiah. The vineyard is 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean and sits on an east facing mountain slope between 1700' and 2700'. The vineyard is sustainably farmed in meticulous fashion and yields are very low, ranging from 1.5 to 2 tons per acre. The resulting berries are small with a high skin to juice ratio, which produces concentrated, intense wines."
"Stu Bewley and his team are the most dedicated and passionate farmers we have ever worked with. They are constantly innovating new techniques to fine-tune an already great vineyard. Stu continues to experiment with new clones and rootstocks as well as leading edge varieties including Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne." - Winery
"Olson Ogden Wines is a small, artisan wine company located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. We specialize in small production, handcrafted wines. Our focus is on Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals, with an emphasis on vineyard designated Syrah's. We seek out passionate growers with special vineyards."
"Our primary goal is to produce balanced, complex and tasty wines that express the terroir and vintage from which they come. Olson Ogden wines are made with food in mind as we feel that wine is an integral part of a good meal. Our winemaking style is rooted in traditional methods but is balanced by trial and error and creative innovation. Our wines are usually bottled unfined and unfiltered and will likely contain a natural sediment during their evolution. This results in an authentic and honest wine that is rich and complex and a pleasure to drink." - Winery
This wine was also rated 87 Points by the Wine Spectator.