2012 Olema Sonoma County Pinot Noir

SKU #1148157 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, fresh herbs, rose petal and spicy oak. Less fat than the Russian River Valley bottling but with very good definition and lift to the high-pitched red fruit and spice flavors. Not a fat style but juicy and easygoing, finishing with good grip and lift. A terrific value in California pinot.  (5/ 2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* It’s rare to get a twenty buck Pinot Noir this good. The wine is dry, silky and elegant, almost faultless in its precision. With savory cherry, red licorice, cola and sandalwood flavors, it’s not an ager, but a very pretty wine for drinking now.  (7/ 2014)

K&L Notes

Olema is produced by the folks at Amici Cellars. Fruit for their 2012 Pinot Noir is 80% from the Russian River Valley with the remaining 20% from some other very worthy sites from around Sonoma County. A flawless 2012 growing season saw a bounty of high-quality fruit, and the resulting wine displays classic Russian River aromatics with bright red fruit and fine-grained tannins. The wine was aged in 25% new French oak barrels before bottling. From the winemaker: "A burst of beautiful berries intertwine with sweet florals in the nose on this wine. Flavors of cherry, cola and raspberry with a hint of sweet vanilla and a silky smooth mouthfeel make this a deliciously drinkable wine."

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2014  | Send Email
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Olema is a winery we hold near and dear. They are family owned, friendly and produce high-quality wines at a great value. We had the 2011 vintage as part of our wine club offering last year and people went nuts over it! I've never seen so many people coming back for the same bottle of wine. Considering 2011 was a more difficult vintage, can you imagine how great the 2012 is now? With that said, this is a classic Russian River Valley style Pinot Noir (even though the label reads Sonoma County, more than 80% of the fruit is sourced from Russian River Valley). Rich, expressive, with juicy cherry and a silky mouthfeel. Overall, a balanced wine with a good finish--and a great value for domestic Pinot Noir, for sure!
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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).