Olson Ogden is a winery based out of the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, though grapes are also sourced from Napa, Mendocino, and Dry Creek. In addition to the wines listed here, they also produce several Syrahs.
North Coast of California.
$19, 14.5% abv.
69% Syrah, 12% Pinot Noir, 13% Grenache, 6% Marsanne
Meaty and toasty, with an undertone of berries and earth. Big tannins. Interesting blend of grapes, and this is something you'll want to pair with grilled burgers or pizza. As a side note, I can't look at the name of this wine without thinking about my least favorite Jane Austen novel. Oh, yes, even Northanger Abbey was better.
2008 Olson Ogden "Margaret's Mandate" Marsanne
$35, 14.7% abv
Melon, buttery, toffee... That slight harsh edge that makes Marsanne stand out... Practically identical to the 2008 Stagecoach Marsanne I had from Maisonry. While both wines were very similar, it does not detract from the sheer joy I had trying such a well-made example of a somewhat obscure grape. I had Marsanne with eggs and fresh fruit, with a turkey sandwich, and with a light salad. Great all around.
2008 Olson Ogden Pinot Noir
Manchester Ridge, Mendocino
$38, 14.2% abv
Plum and stewed fruit, flavor of raisins and dried cherries. Low tannins, slight bitter finish. Great fruit flavor but not a fruit bomb, well balanced. I'd like to see this one with a couple more years in the cellar, where I think it would be perfect with nice rare veal chops.
Note: These wines were received as samples from Olson Ogden.
Love the food pairing ideas...will have to give them a try!
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