Inman Family Endless Crush Rose of Pinot Noir 2017 | #13 Top 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018
Inman Family Endless Crush Rose of Pinot Noir 2017 is pale pink. With aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon, honeysuckle, guava, and ruby grapefruit zest. And on the palate, there is strawberry, mineral, blood orange, and watermelon rind. From Winemaker Kathleen Inman.
This Inman Family Endless Crush Rose of Pinot Noir 2017 is made entirely from our organically farmed, Sonoma County Sustainable, Olivet Grange estate fruit. So, like that first rosé I enjoyed in France, this wine is a beautiful, pale, delicate pink and is crisp and refreshing.
#13 of 25: VinePair Staff, The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018 | This Inman Family Endless Crush Rose of Pinot Noir 2017 offers Bright field strawberries. In addition faint notes of melon on the nose give way to a ripe, fruity palate in this Russian River Valley Pinot Noir rosé.
Rosés and Inman Family Wines
Some rosés are made as a byproduct of red wine by bleeding off (saigner) some of the juice early in the production process to create a higher ratio of skin to juice, which will concentrate the resultant red wine. Endless Crush® is not made in this manner. The intention from the start was to create a rosé separate from our Pinot Noir. Rosés made intentionally, rather than simply by drawing off the freerun juice, tend to have greater complexity and structure. Because the entire cluster is destemmed and then the grapes are pressed within a few hours of destemming.
Locally born Winemaker Kathleen Inman
Inman Family Wines is owned by Kathleen Inman, née McGowan, who was born at the St. Helena Sanitarium, as was her mother. Her father was also born in Napa, as well as some of her great-grandparents. Kathleen attended Napa High and was the editor of the page that used to run in the Napa Valley Register. A featured vintner at the wine collective at The Studio by Feast It Forward. Kathleen is “excited to have my wine be in Napa because it is my hometown.”
Hence, as a third-generation Napa Valley native, it’s no surprise that Kathleen developed an interest in wine. However, it wasn’t until she attended a wine tasting seminar as a college student at UC Santa Barbara that she took an active interest in her revered grape: Pinot Noir. When she returned home to Napa in the summer before her junior year, she took a job at Napa Creek Winery. Which at the time was a small startup winery on the Silverado Trail. At Napa Creek Winery, she had the opportunity to lead tours and perform various tasks in the cellar.