O'Connor Vineyards

Owner(s) Jim O'Connor, Mary O'Connor
Web site www.oconnorvineyards.com
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A small, family owned vineyard in the Russian River Valley producing about 300 cases of Pinot Noir annually. Located just north of Sebastopol, the property was purchased in 1990, and the owners, Jim and Mary O'Connor enlisted Warren Dutton to put in the vineyard. 3.5 acres of Pinot Noir and 5 acres of Chardonnay were planted in 1995-1996. Since 2005, the O'Connors have produced Pinot Noir under the O'Connor Vineyard label.

The wines are available through select retailers and restaurants.

Reviewed Wines

2014 O’Connor Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.66, 414 cases, $35. Harvest Brix 25.2º. Pommard, 115 and 777 clones. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. Winemaker is Ron Johnson, the vineyard owners’ son-in-law. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Soaring aromas of Bing cherry, spice, toast and tobacco lead to a middleweight styled wine with delicious dark cherry fruit. The charge of fruit is buffered by vibrant acidity and silky tannins. There is definite barrel influence, but it seasons rather than dominates the wine. Very enjoyable, with a smooth texture and an exit bursting with savory oak and black cherry goodness. A real charmer and quintessential Russian River Valley in character at a very reasonable price. Score: 93. Reviewed February 13, 2017 ARTICLE »

2013 O’Connor Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 352 cases, $35. Newly designed label, new vineyard manager, and new winemaker Ron Johnson. Pommard and 115 from 3.5- acre vineyard in Sebastopol. Harvest Brix 24.9º. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Lovely aromas of Bing cherry, baking and wood spices and sandalwood.The cherry cola essence charges out of the bottle initially in a light to mid weight style wine that is fresh and juicy. There is noticeable but not imposing oak infusion and the gentle tannins in the background provide adequate structure. This wine has a classic Russian River Valley profile in a more feminine style. Score: 90. Reviewed June 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 O’Connor Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.68, 371 cases, $33. From a family owned, 3.5-acre vineyard in Sebastopol. Custom crushed at Freeman Winery. Eric Buffington winemaker and Ed Kurtzman consulting winemaker. Harvest Brix 24.2º. Clones are Pommard, 115 and 777. · This is a commendable wine that is well crafted. Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Classically Russian River Valley in character, with aromas and flavors of black cherry, cola, spice and a hint of dark chocolate and toasty oak. Nicely balanced, with silky tannins and some finishing length. Score: 90. Reviewed February 26, 2016 ARTICLE »

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