DeLoach Olivet Ranches Russian River Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
By Jonathan H. Newman*
DELOACH VINEYARDS OLIVET RANCHES 2012 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
GRAPE: Pinot Noir
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Russian River Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.50%
I have sampled the wines from DeLoach Winery for over the past 12 years. I first conducted wine samplings with proprietor Michael DeLoach in Philadelphia about a decade ago. Since Jean Charles Boisset purchased the winery in 2003, including their famed Olivet Ranches vineyard, the quality of the wine has been most impressive. Olivet is prime Pinot country, with the ideal cooling influence in the Russian River Valley. 2012 is also regarded as one of the best vintages for RRV Pinot with Mother Nature delivering quite a beautiful crop that is certainly evident with this very nice wine. I met with Boisset in France and more recently in California wine country and it is exciting to hear his vision for the future of DeLoach Winery. His winemaker Brian Maloney has a talented hand and the wines are both consumer friendly and well made. This wine has a pretty red hue. Lush red fruit on the nose including cherry pie, raspberries, and red plums with splashes of cola, sweet cranberry and milk chocolate. On the palette, buckets of cherries, cranberries and wild strawberries with touches of red flowers. Lush, round, and aromatic with a pleasing finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or pair with Chicken with Paprika, corned beef, Ahi tuna, or Swordfish.
By DeLoach Vineyards
2012 Olivet Ranches Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 13.50% by volume
Titratable Acidity: 6.73 g/L
Malolactic Conversion: 100%
Aged in Oak: 100% ~15% New Oak~
Origin of Oak: French
Months in Barrel: 10
In the Vineyard
At DeLoach Vineyards, we strive to produce distinctive wines that spotlight unique terroirs in a socially and environmentally responsible way, practicing sustainable viticulture and utilizing minimally intrusive winemaking techniques. The Olivet Ranches are in the heart of Russian River Valley on a sloping benchland of the Santa Rose Plain overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The soil types vary from clay loam to gravel to clay to even heavier clay. With a Region 1 climate, the vineyards have morning fog, warm afternoons and an early evening breeze - perfect for the slow ripening of Pinot Noir.
Conversations with the Winemaker
This exquisite Pinot Noir was created using clones 23, 115, 667 and 777. Each selection contributes different qualities to the finished wine. Clone 115 can develop flavors of dried fruit. It can be earthy, dusty and have black pepper spiciness. Clone 23 can have a cherry fruitiness with chocolate and clove flavors where Clone 667 is known for its lighter pigments with more aromas and flavors of cranberry and pomegranate. Each vineyard was handpicked. Fermentation was primarily open top with hand punch downs. The wine was aged in the classic small Burgundian oak barrels for ten months.
Our 2012 Olivet Ranches Pinot Noir is lightly layered with notes of black currant, bramble and baking spices. The bright acidity is balanced by the silky texture of the oak. While no food is needed for this wine, it has the flexibility to compliment everything from a salmon salad to a roast pork loin or a grilled steak.
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*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.