This was simply terrific - as always. Focused, clean, deep, intense flavors of cherry, straw berry, raspberry, earth & bramble. Medium weight with an elegant, balanced mouthfeel that is both lush & silky at the same time. This is not a fruit-bomb, but rather an elegant, balanced wine that is simply one of the finest California pinot's I have ever had. Compares very favorably with the best from the likes of Hansel, Dumol, Williams-Selyem, Marcassin, etc., and very different from the likes of Kosta Brown, Sea Smoke or Belle Glos. It is near its peak, but no rush. 93-94
True to Inman style. Beautiful food wine or great for just sipping as a refreshment. Nicely balanced, not at all sweet, very clean. Pleasurable notes of oak are in the background. Excellent color and clarity. Seems to evolve toward the oak side in the glass after an hour.
Magnificent as usual, see previous notes. Seriously luscious nose with spice and strawberry up front, nicely balancing tart fruity acids and oak on the palate, long finish. Ripe but not overripe. The mouth feel is wonderful; it goes down the red lane like velvet.
Seriously luscious nose with spice and strawberry up front, nicely balancing tart fruity acids and oak on the palate, long finish. Ripe but not overripe. The mouth feel is wonderful; it goes down the red lane like velvet. I have more, wish I had a lot more. Up against Sea Smoke Ten, clearly held its own and more.
Was first disappointed to find it was a screw top (just traditional in that way and want to see a cork). It was also not that expensive of a bottle so I didn't expect a lot.
However, this wine was EXCELLENT. I am spoiled in my Pinot history, and most disappoint. But this was bursting with fruit from the start, and also had some very nice complexity and mineral tones to make it a very satisfying wine.
I think I rate a bit lower than most, so some of the 92's I see are warranted, this wine is drinking extremely well right now, I've got two bottles left, don't know how long I'll want to wait to have another.
Did not take notes, but this was terrific. Gorgeous ripe red fruits (raspberry, cherry, pomegranate), spice and earth. Great intensity and depth of flavors along with tons of complexity. Super-smooth texture, medium body and terrific balance. This is about as seamless and harmonious a wine as I have enjoyed for a while. Outstanding combination of flavors and texture.
Another great bottle. On the nose, bright, high-toned red fruit -- cranberry, pomegranate, and rhubarb -- intermingle with notes of pine needle and baking spice. Similar on the palate -- high-toned red fruit, with great acidity and a touch of mineral. Still fairly tight and tannic -- should improve from here.
Could smell this all day. Give it a year in the cellar for the still-bitey tannins to integrate and this'll be off the charts. Second Last Bottle offering to really deliver vs. none from other similar services (pay attention, WineAccess).
Ripe, rich cherry and raspberry on the nose - fruits turn darker with some airtime. A bit of cola, earth and spice emerge on the palate - classic RRV. Great concentration, intensity and depth of fruit flavors. Very smooth and with a slightly lush texture. Medium +, fruity finish. Plenty of structure and very good grip balances out with all the ripe fruit. Lots of fruit flavor, great balance and a terrific texture combine to make this a truly outstanding wine. I started off with this as a solid 91 point wine in my mind and then quickly moved it to 92. Now, after 1 hour + I am at 93. Another terrific pinot noir from Inman and one of finest RRV pinots I have ever had.
Aromas of black cherry intermingle with flint, smoke, pine needle and underbrush. Became almost musky with some air. On the palate, black cherry and wild berry flavor, with spice box notes. Nicely tart and somewhat tannic. Everybody enjoyed this.
Deep garnet in color. Full throttle red berry blast that is extracted without being candy-like. You can smell the skins. Not a whiff of alcohol. Cranberry, Pomegranite, and some blueberry that softens it all. Velvety midpalate that is voluptuous and round. Finish is just gorgeous; so balanced that the thought never enters your mind. Don't think it, just drink it.
Seriously luscious nose with spice and strawberry up front, nicely balancing tart fruity acids and oak on the palate, good finish. Ripe but not overripe. Et il descend comme le petit Jésus en culotte de velours.
A bit gluey when first opened, but it was also to warm. 24 hours later by the aid of my trusted refrigerator, this wine was singing. It clearly hails to CA, but is much less OTT than at lot of the motor oil being produced. Light on its feet this offers strawberry nose with slight cranberry tartness. Soft tannins that caress the palate. Nice.
This is one of the best Pinots we’ve had in the last 12 to 18 months, with a rich, dark, creamy, wonderfully deep and complex flavor profile (it almost tastes like it came from the North Coast of Sonoma County, where Pinots tend to be dark, brooding, spicy, and delicious beyond belief).
This wine has an abundance of red and black fruit (black cherries, plums, blueberries, and black berries), TONS of savory herbs and spices (especially black pepper, along with the usual Pinot savory herbs like sage and rosemary), along with a gorgeous RRV earthiness. This wine is beautifully well-balanced, with smooth, sweet, creamy oak and tannins, followed by a deft, delicate, feminine finish that lingers for the perfect amount of time. This wine isn’t too sweet, too earthy, too fruity, too oaky, too alcoholic, and/or too anything; it’s a GORGEOUSLY perfectly-balanced Pinot Noir.
We don’t buy wines from tasting rooms nearly as much as we used to. When we first got “into” wine, we used to buy cases and cases and cases of wine from tasting rooms at full retail prices, but we’ve learned over the years that that isn’t terribly smart. At $56 a bottle, this wine isn’t cheap, but we obviously felt compelled to buy this at Inman Family’s tasting room for a reason; and that reason would be because this is a FANTASTIC RRV Pinot Noir.
We paired this wine with Arthur’s homemade duck confit (the leg and thigh portion) and a mushroom and potato medley sautéed with onions in the duck fat. As you can probably imagine, the duck confit and mushroom/potato medley went PERFECTLY with this fabulous wine. The wine’s red and black fruit, spice, mushroom earthiness, and structure paired beautifully with the duck confit and mushroom/potato medley. This wine would also pair well with just about most red meat dishes, especially prime rib, lamb (chops/racks/shanks), and grilled steaks.
This wine is drinking GORGEOUSLY right now and will continue to age and mature beautifully for another 10 to 15 years. In a perfect world, I would have aged this wine for another three to five years. If you have this wine in your cellar and can’t wait any longer, cool it down and decant it for about an hour (we decanted for about ten to twenty minutes because we couldn’t WAIT to taste/drink this beauty).
14.5% alcohol. Open and fleshy. Full cherry color. Black cherry and baking spice on the nose. Approachable and tasty, with straightforward black cherry and baking spice and good acidity. Solid example of classic Russian River Valley expression. A-
Black cherry color. Very open and approachable right now. Lovely nose of black cherry and blackberry, with bright baking spice. In the mouth, juicy and open, with black cherry, blackberry, and a bit of minerals tossed in with the baking spice. Easy drinking and lovely. A-
Kathleen is a ten year veteran Pinot maker, and truly one of Russian River Valley finest vintners of elegant Pinot Noir. (Jon Bonne' - you really need to put Inman on your radar - this is your kind of winemaker.)
To The Eye: Ruby red, clear
On The Nose: Black cherry and spice
In The Mouth: Blackberry, cherry with a velvety mouth feel that makes you go 'ahhhh' and reach for more. The Pinot delivers great red and black fruit, without sacrificing acidity, achieving what so many California pinot producers seem unable to in balance. Soft, long, elegant finish.
Recommendation: 93 points. Buy. If you don't like this Pinot....you have no idea what Pinot Noir is supposed to be. Take the oak chip out of your mouth, tear up your Robert Parker photo, and start to train your palate. It's not inexpensive at $56, but this isn't Velveeta, its Cowgirl Creamery (or better.)
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