Inman Family is a very popular wine producer located in Central Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley AVA. They make exceptionally balanced wines with the environment in mind. Truly custodians of the land, the family uses organic techniques in their vineyard.
Owners Kathleen and Simon Inman lived in England for 15 years after they were married and thoroughly traveled throughout Europe’s famous wine regions. The couple had a particular fascination with Pinot Noir, Burgundy’s great red grape.
In 1999, the Inman Family left England and bought an idyllic piece of property in the Russian River AVA. From the beginning, they set out to make small amounts of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from carefully tended vines. The Inmans named their land, Olivet Grange Vineyard. There is a beautiful farmhouse on the property that can be rented.
Kathleen is the winemaker and produced 1,050 cases of the 2004 Olivet Grange Vineyard Pinot Noir. The grapes were harvested at 23.6 BRIX making for a delightfully balanced wine with 13.7% alcohol. This wine will age for several years, but is drinking exceptionally well right now.
The Inman Family also makes a wine with the Alsatian grape Pinot Gris. Only 349 cases of the 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris were made. It was fermented completely dry and like the Pinot Noir has 13.7% alcohol. Both of these wines are extremely food friendly and are bucking the unfortunate trend towards very high alcohol levels in California.