Ousterhout Wine & Vineyard

Owner(s) Doug Ousterhout, Nancy Ousterhout
Web site www.ousterhoutwine.com
 
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Ousterhout Wine & Vineyard

Ousterhout Wine is a boutique winery located in the Alexander Valley. The estate Nance's Vineyard consists of 5 acres planted to Zinfandel in 1999 in the Alexander Valley bordering the outskirts of the Mayacamas Mountain range.

The winemaker is Micah Wirth who gained his winemaking experience under Gary Farrell and Susan Reed at Gary Farrell Winery. In 2006, he teamed with his partner Adrian to found the Joseph Jewell brand.

Wines offered include a Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc, an Alexander Valley Zinfandel (Nance's Vineyard), a Bradford Mountain Zinfandel, and Russian River Valley Rosés.

Reviewed Wines

2015 Ousterhout Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 540 cases, $25. A blend from three vineyards: Bucher, Jenna’s and Nurmi. · Moderate pinkish red color in the glass. Fruit aromas of red berries, peach and citrus mix with savory notes of peat and underbrush. Ripe flavors of strawberry and cherry with an herbal thread in the background. Some richness, finishing dry, even slightly astringent. Score: 89. Reviewed May 6, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Ousterhout Woods Vineyard Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 235 cases, $29. Clone 777 planted in a tiny vineyard in the southern part of the Russian River Valley owned by the Wood family. · Delicate tangerine color in the glass. Engaging aromas of strawberry, raspberry and blood orange that I found irresistible. A charge of delicious strawberry, yellow peach, tangerine, tutti fruiti, and dried herb flavors impress and linger on an expansive finish replete with crisp acidity. Plenty to discover in this unusually gifted and beautifully balanced rosé. Score: 93. Reviewed May 6, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Ousterhout 800 Vines Vineyard Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 88 cases, $35. Sourced from a 1-acre vineyard that is in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. · Moderate pinkish red color in the glass. Demure aromas of cherry, strawberry, cranberry and waffle cone lead to a plump, rich palate of cranberry, citrus and Damsel plum flavors. A comforting wine with a velvet mouthfeel and integrated acidity, finishing bright with some notable length. I get the sense that this wine will be even more appealing with another 6 to 12 months in bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed May 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Ousterhout 800 Vines-Jenna’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 352 cases, $N/A (sold out). 82% Jenna’s and 18% 800 vines vineyards. · Moderately light pinkish orange color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of strawberry, red cherry, earthy flora and almond skin lead to a beautifully balanced wine with flavors of orange flower and pear, finishing juicy, dry and uplifting. More Provence than California in style. Score: 91. Reviewed May 6, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Ousterhout Woods Vineyard Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.35, TA 0.71, 298 cases, $N/A (sold out). Sourced from a small vineyard planted to clone 777 in Goldridge soil. Double Gold Medal from the 2015 Sonoma Harvest Fair. Slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel vessels. · Moderately light pinkish orange color in the glass. Aromas of blood orange, roasted nuts and floral bouquet lead off. Slightly creamy on the palate, with inviting flavors of peach, red berry and orange peel. A serious wine with good focus, and a snappy, long finish. Score: 91. Reviewed May 10, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Ousterhout 800 Vines Vineyard Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., 124 cases, $25. · Moderate pink orange color in the glass. Lovely scent of strawberry, rhubarb, cranberry, rose petal and petrichor. Nicely flavored and smooth on the palate with notes of red berries and pear. Crisp and refreshing, with a little less concentration than the Woods Vineyard bottling, but more welcome minerality. Score: 91. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2013 Ousterhout Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 360 cases, $25. · Light pink orange color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of strawberry jam, orange marmalade and yellow peach. Endowed with luscious flavors of red berries and white stone fruits, this wine is light and pleasant on the palate with a slightly creamy mouth feel and a crisp, lengthy finish. Score: 90. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2013 Ousterhout Woods Vineyard Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 379 cases, $25. · Light pink orange color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cranberries and strawberries with a hint of dried herbs and baking spices. Plenty of flavor punch featured strawberry, yellow peach and blood orange. Polished with a dry, pleasing finish. This Rosé really comes at you. Score: 91. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Ousterhout Dellinger Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Rosé

14.1% alc., 70 cases, $NA. From a 1+ acre vineyard in Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. · Moderate pink-orange color and clear in the glass. Aromas of mandarin orange, strawberry and watermelon lead to similar flavors with a hint of tuttifrutti, baked pear, orange zest and vanillin. Nicely composed with appealing delicacy, finishing with some intensity and uplifting acidity. Score: 89. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2012 Ousterhout Wood’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Rosé

14.0% alc., 235 cases, $NA. · Moderate pink-orange color and clear in the glass. The aromas of raspberry and peach take on more vibrancy over time in the glass. Similar in flavor profile to the Dellinger Vineyard bottling with delicate notes of orangeflavored cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, orange zest and herbs. Slightly creamy with a good zip of acidity on the finish. Needs some foreplay to bring out its best. Score: 88. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »



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