75% Pinot Noir from Rock’N’Ranch vineyard, Rogue Valley AVA, situated in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains and Siskiyou National Forest.
25% self-rooted Pinot Noir from Wooldridge Creek vineyard, Applegate Valley AVA.
Wooldridge Creek Vineyard is located on a rolling hillside overlooking the majestic Applegate River Valley. It consists of fifty-six acres of grapes on approximately 180 acres of land, much of which is forested. The upper vineyard was homesteaded by the Wooldridge Family in the 1870’s and the creek running through the property bears their name. The creek provides a wildlife corridor for the bears and other animals who have become part of the Wooldridge Creek lore. Black bears, the most voracious of the local wildlife, help manage crop levels, easily scaling or breaking their way through any vineyard fencing that might be in their way. The most effective deterrent so far has been to take the “offensive” and leave talk radio playing at a high volume in the vineyard through the night. Fruit from this vineyard is live certified.
The Applegate Valley (within the Rogue Valley) is characterized by many micro-climates and high soil diversity. Long, warm days accompanied by very cool nights and a very low risk of precipitation leads to wines with great depth of flavor and complexity. Each vineyard in the Rogue Valley brings unique characteristics to their fruit because of the soil diversity and high altitude (1000-1500 feet). Wines coming from the right vineyards are powerful and extremely complex.
Aged 8 months in French oak (15% new). A seductive wine with depth, delicacy and balance. All winemaking matches the organic certification with uses of sulfites under 100ppm. The Pinot noir is actually 45ppm. 13.6% alcohol. 3750 cases produced.
About the Producer
Omen wines are hand-crafted from high-quality fruit purchased from “hidden gem” AVA vineyards.
High on the hilltops in California sits an abandoned monastery that undisputedly has the best view of the Santa Rita Hills. It is there that Atlas Vineyard Management is lucky enough to farm what is considered to be one of the best places on the planet to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. One Spring day in 2014, an AVM team member took and instagrammed a photo of the monastery. "The photo was hauntingly beautiful so we printed it out and taped it to a wine bottle. We thought it would make a great label. Visitors loved the bottle and excitedly asked if that was our own wine that we were making. After what seemed liked hundreds of inquiries it was obvious that it was a sign! We needed to make our own wine, and so Omen was born. Today that original Instagram photo is still featured on our Sierra Foothills Red Blend bottle and it has inspired a series of other photos and wines that we are proud to offer as part of our Omen line."
Winemaker Alexandre Remy hails from Rennes, France. He holds a master’s degree in food science from the University of Montpellier. His desire to make wine took him to Marlborough, Victoria and Napa Valley.
Sustainability: Omen is committed to sustainability, from the vineyards all the way to the labels, printed on 100% recycled materials. Starting with the 2015 vintage, they are only using Diam Corks, a company that not only has an amazing environmental policy and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, but also guarantees closures that are cork taint free. For the vinification, Omen partners with wineries that are within 50 miles of where the grapes are grown. The barrels used are made from French oak staves but are assembled right here in the USA. Finally, Omen works exclusively with warehouses that support The Green Initiative Fund. The wines are vegan.
“ I want to provide the American consumer the same benefits that the French take for granted, great wines at great value. In the USA it is rare to find great quality wines at affordable prices” Alexandre Remy