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November is here, and our minds turn from the fun times and trick-or-treats of Halloween to upcoming cooler weather and the Thanksgiving holiday. It's hard to think of Thanksgiving without turkey and all the trimmings, and when that pops into our heads it instantly makes us salivate for delicious Pinot Noir. And here we have a fantastic gem of a wine from one of the best regions for this noble grape, Sonoma County!

Olema's lead winemaker is Tony Biag, and we'd like to think it's his big personality that imbues the Olema wines with such heart, but his two decade-plus tenure in the wine industry might be part of it, too. His wealth of experience includes Duckhorn, Paraduxx, Plumpjack, Cade, Hourglass, and Patria. Small-production, single-vineyard wines comprise a large part of his wine portfolio, but it's his impressive knowledge of fermentation science (with a degree from the University of California at Davis) and keen knack for sensing a wine's building blocks that he utilizes most in the Olema cellar. Ultimately, the wine he ends up making is the wine the team most wants to drink, and one he thinks others will too. He is aided by the talented hand of his co-winemaker Dante West. Dante brings "book smarts" and "street smarts" to the Olema team, and he has honed his talents at notable wineries, such as Arista, Mending Wall, and Flowers.

The 2021 harvest will be remembered as a harvest of rebirth and of achievement. After the challenges that 2020 brought, 2021 presented itself as a glorious year, giving optimum weather to grape growers up and down the west coast. The warmer, drier winter pushed bud break earlier than usual and was followed by a dry but steady summer growing season. Drought conditions throughout California led to lighter crop yields; however, growers and winemakers have been very pleased with the exceptional quality of fruit and resulting wine, and the 2021 Olema Pinot Noir. Is no exception! This wine will pair well with the Thanksgiving turkey, pork tenderloin, salmon, and roast chicken!

Aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, the 2021 Olema Pinot Noir is a smooth and aromatic Pinot Noir showcasing the best of Sonoma County winemaking from an excellent vintage. A blend of Pinot Noir grapes from premier vineyards in the widely acclaimed Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations, this wine opens with aromas of ripe cherry, candied red apple and mulling spices. The palate is full of depth and balance, with black raspberry and strawberry notes leading into the silky-smooth finish.
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