Welcome to the #FEAST, Inman Family Wines! Located in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Inman Family believes that owning a vineyard and winery comes with more responsibility than just what is required by law and business obligations. Making world class wine is a full circle process that relies equally on healthy soil, natural winemaking and sustainable business practices.
Feast it Forward is overjoyed to share these incredible wines at our upcoming #FEASTstudio wine collective. Experience wines with the 5 senses. It is winemaker Kathleen Inman’s “sixth sense” of the character and the quality of the wine experience that creates unique blends. This special artistry lifts the possibilities and surprises the palate.
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 was a small startup winery on the Silverado Trail. At Napa Creek she had the opportunity to lead tours and perform various tasks in the cellar. This video show that her love of gardening began at an early age when she helped her father in their home garden and her grandmother in her garden and orchard.
Perhaps Pinot Noir’s greatest characteristic is the ability to convey a sense of the place it was grown, showing subtle yet unique favors that reflect the soil and micro-climate of the vineyard. The French recognized this ability one thousand years ago and named it terroir.
Inman Family’s non-interventionist and natural winemaking practices allow unique vineyard characteristics to show through. They often pick fruit earlier than most of their neighbors to help maintain the natural acidity of the fruit and naturally lower alcohol levels. Fermentations start with native yeasts, only adding organic yeast nutrients when necessary. As a rule, no other water or acid is added, and enzymes or tannin preparations are never added.
Modern farming techniques often emphasize production at the expense of soil health and eco-system integrity. While this may be an acceptable part of the business for some, they work tirelessly to solve every farming need at the Olivet Grange with a solution that not only produces excellent quality wine grapes, but also enriches the environment around them. Inman Family believes that every measure they take to maintain the natural health of our vineyard directly contributes to the unique flavors of our Estate wines. READ MORE
Positive efforts in the vineyard and crush pad can easily be negated by irresponsible behavior in the rest of the business of running a successful winery. To ensure that we maintain environmental responsibility at all levels, the winery works every day to reduce their consumption and use environmentally sensitive products wherever possible. READ MORE
For more information about their environmentally responsible winery, visit Inman Family Wines