2014 Olema Sonoma County Pinot Noir

SKU #1256436 James Suckling

 A bright and fresh pinot noir with sliced lemon, strawberry and flower character. Medium body, crisp and clean. Light tannins and clean and fresh finish.  (6/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another undeniable value is the 2014 Pinot Noir Olema, a Sonoma cuvée that would qualify as a sleeper as well. Pomegranate, allspice and clove intermix with sassafras in this medium-bodied, deliciously fruity, round seductive Pinot Noir to drink over the next several years. Even the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Olema offers plenty of value in an elegant, tasty, cedary, blackcurrant-scented and flavored wine that has good concentration, light tannin and a tasty, savory mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. This winery has a large and varied portfolio of wines, including their four value picks, which consumers need to notice. (RP)  (12/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 This is a pretty impressive wine being offered for an almost unheard-of price, the fruit sourced largely from Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Cardamom and cinnamon figure in, with a lightness of body and high-toned strawberry and cherry belying an underlying richness that'll satisfy. *Editors' Choice* (VB)  (9/2016)

K&L Notes

Olema is produced by the folks at Amici Cellars. Fruit for their 2014 Pinot Noir is 50% Russian River Valley, 25% Sonoma Coast and 25% Sonoma County. The wine was aged in 35% new French oak barrels before bottling.

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2016 | Send Email
This Sonoma County Pinot Noir is medium-bodied and bursts with pure varietal flavors and aromas of rose petal, black cherry and raspberry, delicately balanced with sweet vanilla notes and soft tannins and rocks !!!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2016 | Send Email
This probably the best value Pinot Noir that we have, hands down. This is a bright, spicy effort that lends itself very, very well to nearly any meal. Bright red strawberry and raspberry fruit with a hint of minerality and a very nice finish that lingers for a bit. A great pairing for fish, chicken, pork or barbecue.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2016 | Send Email
This wine is juicy with nice fruity red fruit flavors and aromas. I think that this a great party wine because it is soft and round in the mouth and very easy to drink and enjoy. It will go well with pork or chicken.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2016 | Send Email
The Olema Pinot Noir is made using fruit from Sonoma County— the Russian River and Sonoma Coast. It’s medium bodied, has clean flavors of ripe black cherry and strawberry with a hint of cola, and subtle baking spices from 35% new French oak. A great wine to have a couple cases of on standby for company!

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2016 | Send Email
The 2014 Olema Pinot Noir is a party in a bottle. This is an endlessly drinkable Pinot Noir made in an approachable style. Ripe red fruits, including cherry and strawberry, dance across the palate. There is a slight hint of cola and baking spices, followed by a long, sweetly tannic finish. This bottle makes friends easily and is a steal in the under $20 pinot noir category.

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2