VOLUME 10, ISSUE 29
April 22, 2016
Olson Ogden Wines
Olson Ogden Wines John Ogden and winemaker Tim Olson started a boutique winery in Sonoma County in 2002, making about 1,000 cases a year of Rhone varietals and Pinot Noir. Tim Olson began crafting wine in his home garage over 20 years ago. A film major in college, he developed enough of a passion for wine that to gain experience, he began working for free at Caymus for Charlie Wagner. Before long, he was rewarded with a paycheck for his hard work and he has never looked back. He made some excellent wines for Tarius before starting Olsen Ogden Wines.
Olsen Ogden has gained some national press recognition for their Unti Vineyard Syrah, but the Pinot Noirs are equally fine.
Olson Ogden Wines are sold through a mailing list. There is some retail distribution. The phone is 707-823-6127.
In December 2013, Olson Ogden Wines announced that they were closing their doors. After eleven crushes, the owners decided to move on. The winery was a labor of love with the owners focusing on making wines they liked to drink.
Articles About Olson Ogden Wines
2008 Pinot Noir Shootout Prelims (7.9 1/1/2009)
2012 California Pinot Noir All-Americans Honorable Mention (9.17 12/26/2012)
Mendocino Ridge: California’s Best Kept Secret Source of Spectacular Wines (9.8 6/24/2012)
Olson Ogden Wines (8.1 9/19/2009)
Recent California Pinot Noir Releases (9.5 4/4/2012)
Sips of 2006 California Pinot Noirs (7.21 7/9/2009)
Tasty Pinots from the Russian River Valley (6.51 1/20/2008)
2009 Olson Ogden Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.57, 148 cases, $55. This vineyard is located in the Mendocino Ridge AVA 2000 feet above the Anderson Valley. Clones 114, 115 and 777. Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of red cherries and berries with a hint of balsam and herb garden. Flavors of luscious pie cherries accented by notes of exotic tea, cola, cassis sandalwood and spice. Layers of interest with seductively soft tannins and incredible length on the exit. An interesting contrast to the Alder Springs bottling with this wine being less structured, but more fruity and flirty. Take your pick. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Olson Ogden Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.57, 148 cases, $55. Aged 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of red cherries and berries with a touch of savory herbs. Full-flavored essence of fresh red cherries with notes of tea leaf, cola, sandalwood and spice. Very soft tannins and generous persistence of cherry fruit flavors on the long finish. Very fruity and flirty. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Olson Ogden Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.53, 143 cases, $65. This vineyard, farmed by Stu Bewley, is located an hour north of Ukiah, sitting on a mountain slope between 1700 and 2700 feet elevation. It is sustainably farmed with low yields ranging from 1.5 to 2 tons per acre. Clones are Wädenswil, 115, 459 and 777. Aged 17 months in 65% new French oak barrels. · Aromas of ripe, herb-dusted berries with particular notes of bay leaf. Discreetly concentrated core of perfectly ripened black cherries and dark red berries with an earthbound tone. A hint of wood spice adds interest. Firm, very slightly astringent tannic backbone. Memorable finish that you hate to end. Very good (+). Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »
2007 Olson Ogden Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., $32. Most of the fruit is from the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast. Clones 115 and 667. A small amount of the blend comes from the winery’s two Russian River vineyards. Aged 17 months in 57% new French oak. · Reserved, almost mysterious aromas and flavors of earthy dark red fruits with a hint of toasty oak. The tannins are nicely reigned in and the mouthfeel is very soft and silky. A harmonious wine that can be enjoyed now, but has the structure to gain expression and interest with another 6-12 months in the bottle. Reviewed September 19, 2009 ARTICLE »
2007 Olson Ogden Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., $42. Martini clone from Eastside Road Vineyard and UCD 23 clone from Willowside Vineyard, both in the Russian River Valley. Aged 17 months in 44% new French oak. · Intense Bing cherry and cola aromas with a hint of herbs and oak. Delicious medium-weighted core of dark red cherries and berries supported by gentle tannins and fine acidity. A strikingly polished wine with a velvety presence in the mouth and a lingering fruity finish. Quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. I can’t say enough good things about this terrific wine. Reviewed September 19, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Olson Ogden Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 283 cases, $42. Sourced from two vineyards. Clones are 23 and Martini. Aged 16 months in 55% new French oak. · The nose stars Bing cherries with side notes of Provencal herbs, sage and oak. Crunchy dark cherries, and ripe strawberries with an underpinning of forest floor, savory herbs and a citrus note on the brisk finish. The dry tannins are well corralled. The mid-palate fruit attack lacks some fullness, but this is a very pleasant drink. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »
2005 Olson Ogden Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 190 cases, $35. · Appealing Pinot perfume accented with floral and cherry scents. Delicate red fruit flavors with a touch of dust and spice. Quite decent. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »
2005 Olsen Ogden Milla’s Blend Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 67 cases, $39. · Spice is the theme of this lovely wine. Strawberry and cherry fruits have a gentle strike of oak, and are enticingly spiced. Admirable elegance and impeccable balance. I like this wine for its pinotosity. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »
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