The 2009 Vintage Reviews Are In!
In the past few months, our 2009 vintage wines have received excellent reviews from a variety of wine critics. We wanted to share a few of the best ones with you and give you another opportunity to purchase these great wines while they last. If you would like to read all of the reviews, please visit the News and Reviews section of our website.
2009 Unti Vineyard Syrah – 96 points - Starting out with intense, highly concentrated aromas of spices and blackberries that are about as deeply filled as Syrah can get without going over the top, this beautifully balanced, very well-crafted wine shows its true colors once in the mouth and offers up long-lasting flavors that are keenly focused on precise Syrah fruit. Firm without being edgy, and, deserving at least three or four years in the cellar, this incredibly involving wine has all the signs of a bottling that will combine power with sophistication as the years go by.
2009 Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir – 92 points – This tremendous Mendocino wine is true to its California heritage, tasting of red cherry and spice, with a velvet-like texture and soft tannins. It’s ready to drink now, but cellaring will further tame it
2009 Milla’s Blend Red Wine – 91 points – Olson Ogden has made a nice blend from several of its single-vineyard designates, using Syrah (57%), Counoise (22%), Pinot Noir (14%) and Marsanne (7%). It’s full of flavor, chewy like sliced meats and savory herbs, concentrated and thick with tannins. The finish is long with a note of black pepper.
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2009 Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah – 92 points – Glass-staining purple. Black and blue fruits on the nose, with suggestions of candied flowers, mocha and anise adding complexity. Gently chewy and broad, offering pungent boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness and vivacity with air. Floral qualities come up on the finish, which leaves notes of berry preserves and floral pastilles behind.
2009 Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir – 92 points – Vivid red. A heady, powerfully scented bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, cola, potpourri and woodsmoke. Offers an array of deep red and dark berry flavors braced by tangy acidity, which adds back end lift. The floral and dark fruit qualities linger on a very long, sappy and focused finish. This wine, which shows more sheer power than the Manchester Ridge bottling, has the depth of fruit and structure to age.
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2009 Olson Ogden Wines Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir – $65.00
Not your typical fruit forward California Pinot Noir. It is reminiscent of a more Burgundian style of wine rarely found in California. Deep in color the wine exhibits a deft balance with plenty of structure and complexity to age and evolve over the next 10 to 15 years. There are harmonious notes of black cherry plum and earthy mocha that come singing through. The wine is full on the palate with ripe tannins and a long lingering finish. 143 cases produced. 92 points – Tanzer, 91 points – Wine Enthusiast, 91 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide, 90 points – Burghound
2009 Olson Ogden Wines Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah – $65.00
A full bodied wine with great structure, depth and concentration. Dark as night and opaque in the glass, it shows generous notes of blackberry and wild berry fruit laced with spice, white pepper, nutmeg, violets and a hint of mocha. The velvety tannins are delightful and the finish seems to go on forever. It could use some cellar time, 5 to 10 years, but don’t be afraid to try this immense wine early on in its life with a vigorous splash decanting. 172 cases produced. 92 points – Tanzer, 92 points – The Rhone Report, 90 points – Wine Enthusiast
2009 Olson Ogden Wines Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir – $55.00
More new world than old world in style this is a California pinot lovers delight from a very special vineyard in Mendocino. Fruit forward in character with notes of red cherry and raspberry with a touch of spice and earth to compliment. The wine is medium bodied on the palate with a velvety texture ready to enjoy upon release. But the components are there to cellar this wine to enjoy seven to 10 years from release. 148 cases produced. 92 points – Wine Enthusiast, 92 points – Tanzer, 92 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide
2009 Olson Ogden Wines Unti Vineyard Syrah – $45.00
A wonderful nose of black cherry fruit, new leather, mocha, cocoa, spice and white pepper. A full bodied yet elegant wine with excellent balance great structure and firm but mature tannins. There are textured complex layers of cherry and wild berry fruits with earth and minerals on the palate followed by a long lingering finish. This wine will show its best in 3 to 7 years but try it when still young over several days and you will see how this wine will blossom with some time in the cellar. 177 cases produced. 96 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide 92 points – Tanzer, 91 points – The Rhone Report, 90 points – Wine Enthusiast
2009 Olson Ogden Wines Millas Blend Red Wine – $35.00
Envision enjoying this wine at a summer barbeque with savory roasted meats and vegetables. It has a velvety tannin structure which caresses the palate as you soak in all the wine has to offer. There are interesting notes of blueberry and black cherry with a bit of spice and pepper earthiness in the nose and on the palate. The wine has complex flavors with a plush roundness that allows for early drinkability. But donr’t let that fool you into thinking this wine won’t cellar for a few years. It has the stuffing to go five to seven years. 365 cases produced. 91 points – Wine Enthusiast, 90 points – Tanzer, 90 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide
2009 Olson Ogden Wines Margarets Mandate Marsanne Napa Valley – $35.00
Aromas of stone fruits and melons are immediately apparent in this light pale straw colored wine. Generous fruit character on the palate come through…melons peaches, honeysuckle, and stone fruits spring to mind. Less spicy than the 2008 vintage this wine is reminiscent of an enjoyable Sauvignon Blanc without the grassiness. The wine is medium bodied with a creamy texture balanced by just the right amount of acidity. A wonderfully refreshing wine that begs to be enjoyed while picnicking on a warm summer day. The wine is ready to enjoy upon release but will evolve nicely with a couple of years in the bottle. 72 cases produced. 94 points – The Rhone Report, 90 points – Tanzer, 90 points Connoisseurs’ Guide.