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Olson Ogden Wines is a small, artisan wine company located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. We specialize in small production, handcrafted wines. Our focus is on Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals, with an emphasis on vineyard designated Syrah’s. We seek out passionate growers with special vineyards.

Our primary goal is to produce balanced, complex and tasty wines that express the terroir and vintage from which they come. Olson Ogden Wines are made with food in mind as we feel that wine is an integral part of a good meal.  Our winemaking philosophy has its roots in traditional methods but is tempered by trial and error and creative innovation. Our wines are usually bottled unfined and unfiltered and will likely contain a natural sediment during their evolution.  This results in an authentic and honest wine that is rich and complex and a pleasure to drink.

About Us

Tim Olson has been a winemaker in Northern California for more than 21 years. For six years Olson served as winemaker for Tarius Wines in Santa Rosa, CA. With a focus on vineyard designated Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels, Tarius Vineyards produced 1500 cases a year and was distributed in 12 states and three foreign markets. Olson’s wines have garnered numerous awards including “Best of Show” at the California State Fair and numerous gold medals in other competitions. His wines scored well in national wine publication tastings including Wine Spectator, Wine and Spirits, Wine Enthusiast and Connoisseurs Guide To California Wine, among others.

Prior to Tarius Wines, Olson spent three years at French cooperage Tonnellerie Nadalie in Calistoga, CA. There he served as director of enology, managing experiments on cooperage variables in addition to his work in wine sales and marketing activities. His research culminated in organized wine tastings involving nearly 300 winemakers in which he gathered a wealth of statistical data later published in Practical Wine & Vineyard magazine. While at Tonnellerie Nadalie, Olson learned all aspects of forest selection, wood curing and barrel production. His work allowed him to visit over 300 wineries and taste and critique literally thousands of barrel samples.

Before joining Tonnellerie Nadalie in 1995, Olson’s winemaking experience included work at Acacia Winery, Caymus Vineyards and Rosenblum Cellars. He also spent a couple years in the lab as Enologist for St. Supery Winery.

News and Reviews

January 7, 2013
Press Democrat
Going Red for Winter – Olson Ogden Wines recipes and pairings. John Ogden quoted
August, 2012
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast Magazine rates Olson Ogden Wines 2009 vintage wines award five wines 90+ points!

July 15, 2012
Pinot Report
Olson Ogden Wines 2009 vintage vineyard designate Pinot Noirs rated 91 and 92 points respectively by the Pinot Report.
July, 2012
The Rhone Report
Jeb Dunnuck of The Rhone Report reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2009 vintage Rhone style wines and awards the 2009 Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 92+ points!

July, 2012
Connoisseurs’ Guide
The Connoisseurs’ Guide rates and reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2009 vintage Rhone varietal wines and awards the 2009 Unti Vineyard Syrah 96 points!
June, 2012
Burghound – Allen Meadows
Burghound Rates two of our 2009 vintage vineyard designate Pinot Noirs 90 and 88 points respectively!
June, 2012
Connoisseurs’ Guide
The Connoisseurs’ Guide rates Olson Ogden Wines 2009 vintage vineyard designate Pinot Noirs 91 and 92 points respectively!
May 12, 2012
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Olson Ogden Wines 2009 vintage wines all rated 90+ points by Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar!
April 4, 2012
The Prince of Pinot’s PinotFile
The Prince of Pinot reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2009 vintage vineyard designate Pinot Noirs!
December 5, 2011
The Rhone Report
Jeb Dunnuck of The Rhone Report reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2008 vintage Rhone style wines and awards all wines 90+ scores!
May 31, 2011
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar reviews Olson Ogden Wines’ 2008 vintage and awards four of the wines 90 points!
May 1, 2011
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast Magazine rates Olson Ogden Wines 2008 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah 90 points!
April, 2011
Wine and Spirits Magazine
Wine and Spirits Magazine rates Olson Ogden Wines 2008 Unti Vineyard Syrah 90 points!
March, 2011
Connoisseurs’ Guide
The Connoisseurs’ Guide rates Olson Ogden Wines 2008 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah 91 points!
February 10, 2010
Bold Italic
The Bold Italic profiles John Ogden of Olson Ogden Wines
September 14, 2010
Wine Post
Our 2008 Stagecoach Vineyard Marsanne Margaret’s Mandate “once you put it in your mouth, you will want more. I promise.” Our 2008 Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir “stood head and shoulders above the rest.”
May 28, 2010
Wine Country Insider
Our 2008 Margaret’s Mandate Marsanne “rich in texture and tastes of peaches within a nice oak framework”
March 15, 2010
The Pinot Report
The Pinot Report gives 90 + plus scores to both Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage Pinot Noirs!
March 01, 2010
Sante’ Gold Star Award
Olson Ogden Wines 2006 and 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs are awarded the Sante’ Gold Star Award!
Click here to see the 2006 Sante’ Gold Star Award
Click here to see the 2007 Sante’ Gold Star Award

February 22, 2010
BrixChicks.com
2007 Olson Ogden Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah at the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation Gala!
February 21, 2010
SF Gate
As wine blogs mature, what is the impact? John Ogden of Olson Ogden Wines quoted in article.
January 15, 2010
The Examiner
Steve Ferree, Wine Critic for the Examiner, profiles Olson Ogden Wines and our 2007 vintage wines.
January 14, 2010
Wine and Spirits Magazine
Wine and Spirits Magazine designates Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Unti Vineyard Syrah one of the year’s best Syrahs and awards Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 91 points!
Click here to download the review of the 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
Click here to downlaod the review of the 2007 Unti Vineyard Syrah.

December 19, 2009
Vinography.com
Alder Yarrow of Vinography.com tastes and reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage!
December 09, 2009
Another Wine Blog
Amy Corron Power of Another Wine Blog tastes and reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Russian River Pinot Noir and 2007 Stagecoach Syrah
December 01, 2009
The Wine Enthusiast
The Wine Enthusiast rates and reviews 4 Olson Ogden 2007 vintage wines 90 plus points!
Click here to download the 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir review
Click here to download the 2007 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah review
Click here to download the 2007 Sonoma Napa Syrah review
Click here to download the 2007 Unti Vineyard Syrah review

November 19, 2009
The Wellesley Wine Press
The Wellesley Wine Press Tasting Report on Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage wines.
November 19, 2009
1winedude.com
1winedude.com writes about what he drank the night he got fired. You guessed it, Olson Ogden was part of the celebration!
November 10, 2009
Cuvee Corner
Cuvee Corner reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage Unti Vineyard Syrah, calling it the Syrah you don’t want to miss out on!
October 31, 2009
Connoisseur’s Wine Guide
Connoisseur’s Wine Guide reviews and rates Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and 2007 Stagecoach Syrah 90 points!
Click here to download the Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir review.
Click here to download the Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah review.

October 28, 2009
Palate Press
The Palate Press reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage wines.
October 20, 2009
The Daily Sip
The Daily Sip calls Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir “Alchemy At Work.”
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October 19, 2009
NorCal Wine
NorCal Wine Blog tastes Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage syrahs over several days and describes how the wines evolve over time!
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October 16, 2009
Comfort Winery Blog
Comfort Winery tastes and reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage Unti Vineyard Syrah
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October 15, 2009
Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences Weekly Wine Commentary
Dan Berger reviews two of Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage syrahs in his October 15, 2009 weekly commentary.
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October 12, 2009
Wine Spectator
15 Distinctive California Pinots – These Pinot Noirs show the quality of the amazing 2007 vintage for the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley
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September 21, 2009
PressDemocrat.com
Peg Melnik of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Sonoma Napa Syrah!
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September 20, 2009
Drinkhacker.com
Drinkhacker.com upgrades previous ratings of Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage!
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September 18, 2009
Wine X Magazine’s justwinepoints.com
Wine X Magazine’s justwinepoints.com rates Olson Ogden Wines’ 2007 vintage wines between 94 and 98 points!
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September 18, 2009
The Prince of Pinot’s PinotFile
The Prince of Pinot reviews Olson Ogden Wines 2007 vintage Pinot Noirs!
Click here to read the review of the Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Click here to read the review of the Olson Ogden Wines 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

September 14, 2009
Michael Murry blogs about Olson Ogden Wines’ 2007 vintage
Michael Murry is a mailing list customer of Olson Ogden Wines. He blogs on a number of topics including wine!
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July 27, 2009
Wines and Vines
Wineries Tap Twittermania! Margaret Ryan of Olson Ogden Wines quoted in the article.
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July 01, 2009
Orange County Wine Competition
2006 Olson Ogden Sonoma Napa Syrah and Unti Vineyard Syrah awarded Gold and Silver medals.
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April 01, 2009
Connoisseur’s Wine Guide
2006 Olson Ogden Wines Unti Vineyard Syrah given 91 points and 2 puffs by Connoisseur’s Wine Guide.
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November 12, 2008
Wine Spectator
2006 Olson Ogden Wines Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah and Sonoma Napa Syrah rated 93 and 92 points.
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July 15, 2008
Pinot Report
2005 Olson Ogden Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir rated 92 points by The Pinot Report.
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May 01, 2008
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2005 Olson Ogden Wines Milla’s Blend Russian River Valley Pinot Noir rated 90 points by Stephen Tanzer.
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May 01, 2008
Drinkhacker.com
Drinkhacker.com gives a tasting report for Sonoma in the City 2008, highlighting Olson Ogden Wines.
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February 01, 2008
Connoisseur’s Wine Guide
2005 Olson Ogden Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir rated 91 points and 2 puffs by Connoisseur’s Wine Guide.
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April 24, 2007
The Restaurant Guys
Tim Olson discusses Syrah and Pinot Noir with The Restaurant Guys Francis Schott and Mark Pascal.
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March 31, 2007
Wine Spectator
2004 Olson Ogden Wines Unti Vineyard Syrah rated 93 points by Wine Spectator.
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September 20, 2006
Wine Library TV
Olson Ogden Wines featured on Wine Library TV: Diamonds in the Rough – Episode #94
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May 10, 2006
The Press Democrat
2003 Olson Ogden Wines Unti Vineyard Syrah rated 3 stars by The Press Democrat.
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April 26, 2006
The Piedmont Post
2004 Olson Ogden Wines Unti Vineyard Syrah declared one of the year’s best by The Piedmont Post!
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July 01, 2005
Kiplinger’s Magazine
2003 Olson Ogden Wines Unti Vineyard Syrah featured in Kiplinger’s Magazine.
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May 20, 2005
The Restaurant Guys
Tim Olson interviewed by The Restaurants Guys Francis Schott and Mark Pascal.
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May 01, 2005
Wine Enthusiast
2002 Olson Ogden Wines Unti Vineyard Syrah rated 89 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
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April 21, 2005
Vinography.com
2003 Olson Ogden Sonoma County Syrah reviewed at Vinography.com
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March 12, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
2003 Olson Ogden Unti Vineyard Syrah receives gold medal at the 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Food Wine Braised Pork Shank with Swiss Chard Chanterelle Mushrooms and Gremolata

Braised Pork Shank with Swiss Chard, Chanterelle Mushrooms and Gremolata

4 natural pork shanks, bone-in 2” cut
coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 ounces pancetta, minced
¼ cup diced onion
¼ cup diced carrots
¼ cup diced celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon chili flakes
1 tablespoon sage, minced
¾ cup tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
½  cup white wine
2 cups chicken stock
½ pound chanterelle mushrooms, trimmed cleaned and quartered
1 bunch swiss chard, remove the stalk and cut into thin strips

gremolata:

¼ cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Place a large sauté pan over high heat.  Season the shanks with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to the pan and brown meat on all sides.  To avoid crowding the pan, you may have to do this in a couple batches.  Remove the shanks from the pan and place the shanks in a large dutch oven. Place the pancetta in the pan and cook until crispy.   Reduce the heat; add the onions, carrots and celery and sweat until soft, approximately five minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for two minutes. Add chili flakes, sage, tomato and white wine. Stir well, and reduce the liquid by half.  Place the contents of the sauté pan into the dutch oven with pork shanks. Cover the dutch oven with a tight fitting lid. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and add the mushroom and chard to the pan, incorporating the vegetables into the broth. Cover and bake for 45 minutes

Combine all the ingredients for the gremolata and set aside until you are ready to serve the shanks.

Remove the shanks from the oven and allow the meat to rest for 20 minutes. Pull out the shanks, stir and season the vegetables and broth to taste. To serve, place a large spoonful of vegetables and broth in a shallow bowl, top with a pork shank and garnish with a tablespoon of the gremolata.

2006 Unti Vineyard Syrah

The color is a deep black cherry. In the nose there are hints of spice, leather, violets, pepper and a touch of smoke. This wine is full bodied with excellent balance, great structure and firm tannins. There is great complexity and layers of flavor followed by a long, lingering finish. This wine will really show its best in a few years. Try to cellar it for 3 to 10 years, your patience will be rewarded.

The Unti Vineyard is quietly emerging as one of the best in California or anywhere for that matter. The vineyard is located in Dry Creek Valley just northwest of Healdsburg, California.
George Unti and his family are passionate about growing great wine grapes and their enthusiasm shows in the quality of wines coming out of this wonderful vineyard. George relies on traditional farming techniques while incorporating the latest technology and innovations. His experimentation with new clones and high density planting continues to yield impressive results. We feel fortunate to work with the Unti family and are continually impressed with the dedication and passion with which they farm. Their efforts are borne out in the bottle.

Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, California
Composition:100% Syrah
Clones:Durell, 174, 877
Barrel Aging:16 months in French Oak Barrels, 55% new
Brix @ Harvest: 25.3°
Bottled: March 2008
PH: 3.59
TA: .67 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 14.3%
Production:219 cases
Release Date: June 2008
Suggested Retail: $38 per bottle

 

2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

“The color is medium to dark cherry red. In the nose there are hints of cola, rose, spices and a touch of forest floor. It is medium to full bodied and well balanced. This young Pinot is complex and full of flavor with a long, lingering finish. It is tightly wound now but will relax with a little time in the bottle. Patient cellaring over the next three to ten years will be rewarded.”

The Russian River Valley is renowned for producing superb Pinot Noir’s and is widely regarded as one of the premier spots in California for this fickle grape. We feel our second release of Pinot Noir under the Olson Ogden brand name does the appellation justice.
We sourced our grapes from two very different vineyards. One is relatively flat, on the valley floor and the other is on a hillside. One is planted to UCD 23 and the other to a selection known as the Martini Clone. Both are in the heart of the Russian River Appellation and both are managed by dedicated farmers. Yields averaged 2.5 to 3 tons per acre.

Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Composition:100% Pinot Noir
Clones:Martini, UCD 23
Barrel Aging:16 months in French Oak Barrels, 55% new
Brix @ Harvest: 25.4°
Bottled: March 2008
PH: 3.58
TA: .65 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 14.4%
Production:283 cases
Release Date: June 2008
Suggested Retail: $42 per bottle

2005UntiVineyard

“The color is dark black cherry. In the nose there are hints of new leather, kirsch, white pepper and a touch of smoke. It is full bodied with excellent balance, great structure and firm tannins. There is great complexity and layers of flavor followed by a long, lingering finish. This wine is approachable now but will really show its best in a few years. Drink in 3 to 10 years, patience will be rewarded.”

The Unti Vineyard is quietly emerging as one of the best in California or anywhere for that matter. The vineyard is located in Dry Creek Valley just northwest of Healdsburg, California. George Unti and his family are passionate about growing great wine grapes and their enthusiasm shows in the quality of wines coming out of this wonderful vineyard. George relies on traditional farming techniques while incorporating the latest technology and innovations. His experimentation with new clones and high density planting continues to yield impressive results. We feel fortunate to work with the Unti family and are continually impressed with the dedication and passion with which they farm. Their efforts are borne out in the bottle.

Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Composition: 100% Syrah
Barrel Aging:16 months in French oak barrels, 38% new
Brix @ Harvest: 25.3°
Bottled: Fabruary 2007
PH: 3.72
TA: .62 g/100 ml
Alcohol: 14.3%
Production:182 cases
Release Date: June 2007
Suggested Retail: $35 per bottle

2005RussianRiverValley

“The color is medium to dark cherry red. In the nose there are hints of leather, rose, spices and a touch of toasty oak. It is full bodied and quite intense. This young Pinot is complex and full of flavor followed by a long, lingering finish. This wine is tightly wound now but will relax with a little time in the bottle and will reward patient cellaring over the next two to ten years.”

The Russian River Valley is renowned for producing superb Pinot Noir’s and is widely regarded as one of the premier spots in California for this fickle grape. We feel our first releases of Pinot Noir under the Olson Ogden name does the appellation justice. We sourced our grapes from two very different vineyards. One is relatively flat, on the valley floor and the other is on a hillside. One is planted to UCD 23 and the other to a selection known as the Martini Clone. Both are in the heart of the Russian River Appellation and both are managed by dedicated farmers. Yields averaged 2.5 to 3 tons per acre.

2004UntiSyrah

“The color is a dark ruby and opaque. The nose exhibits classic black fruits like black cherries and blackberries along with leather, spices and a touch of smoke. It is elegant yet full bodied with excellent depth, beautiful ripeness with good acidity giving it great complexity. The finish lingers in your mouth long after the wine is gone. Although approachable now with a good decanting, this wine will continue to develop for many years and will reward patient cellaring.”

The Unti Vineyard is quietly emerging as one of the best in California or anywhere for that matter. The vineyard is located in Dry Creek Valley just northwest of Healdsburg, California. George Unti and his family are passionate about growing great wine grapes and their enthusiasm shows in the quality of wines coming out of this wonderful vineyard.

George relies on traditional farming techniques while incorporating the latest technology and innovations. His experimentation with new clones and high density planting continues to yield impressive results. We feel fortunate to work with the Unti family and are continually impressed with the dedication and passion with which they farm. Their efforts are borne out in the bottle.

About Our Wines – Now Available in Hamilton!

“The nose is showing leather, spice, pepper, black fruit and a hint of
violets. On the palate, it is tight and structured, powerful and
intense with great complexity and flavor. The tannins are quite evident
but in balance. The finish is long and full and goes on and on.
Patient cellaring will be rewarded.”

he Unti Vineyard is quietly emerging as one of the best in California—or anywhere for that matter. The vineyard is located in Dry Creek Valley just northwest of Healdsburg, California. George Unti and his family are passionate about growing great wine grapes and their enthusiasm shows in the quality of wines coming out of this wonderful vineyard.

George relies on traditional farming techniques while incorporating the latest technology and innovations. His experimentation with new clones and high density planting continues to yield impressive results. We feel fortunate to work with George and his family and are continually impressed with the dedication and passion with which they farm.

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