Critical Acclaim

Merry Edwards Wines

Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

The hallmark of Olivet Lane is an idyllic fruit profile, the epitome of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. We rely on this heritage vineyard to bring us grapes with complex, intense flavors and silky texture. Owner Bob Pellegrini harvests select vine rows, allowing us to create our own Pinot palette. Each year provides an opportunity to create another Olivet masterpiece.

Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

Critical Acclaim

  • 2019

    • 95 points

      "Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2019 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane has broody aromas of red and blue fruit preserves, violet, fir and turned earth. The palate is bold, powerfully fruited, firm and fresh with loads of floral accents and a very long finish."

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate,  June 3, 2021

    • 97 points

      "This historic Russian River Valley vineyard is farmed by the Pellegrini family; to promote better tannin development in the grapes, they implemented deficit irrigation, managing the amount of water reaching the vines while optimizing fruit yield and quality. Aromas of red roses in just-tilled soil lead to mocha and salted plum flavors. Chocolate-soaked cherries around a core of chalky tannins make an elegant arrival, broadening the palate. Dried floral tones persist throughout. A beauty."

      Meridith May, Somm Journal, August/September 2021

    • 94 points

      "Dark berry fruit compote comes to mind in this designate from the well-known vineyard, long a staple for the producer. The richness is balanced by a gravelly texture and undertones of forest and black tea."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2021

    • 93+ points

      "Coming from a vineyard in the Russian River and vines planted in 1973, the 2019 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane is another terrific, classic, impeccably made Pinot Noir from this estate. Deep ruby-hued, with lots of ripe darker strawberry and cherry fruits, it's medium-bodied, has notable structure, some classic Pinot Noir forest floor and sappy herbs, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's going to benefit from a year or so of bottle age and keep through 2031."

      Jeb Dunnuck,, July 2021

    • 93 points

      "The 2019 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane is a classic Merry Edwards Pinot built on exuberance and textural richness. Succulent black cherry, mocha, licorice and chocolate are front and center. The 2019 is not exactly subtle, but it offers plenty of punch. I very much like the intensity and immediacy here."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, June 2022

    Read More Acclaim for 2019
    • 91 points

      "Offers fresh, focused minerality, with raspberry and cherry flavors that show underbrush and cedar accents. Notes of hot stone linger on the finish, backed by firm acidity."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Sept. 30, 2021

    • 94 points

      "The 2019 ‘Olivet Lane’ Pinot Noir is a nuanced effort that has really good flavor range. Right out of the gate this exudes class with its tight core of crunchy red fruits that collide with minerals and smoky undertones on the palate. Medium-bodied and showing wonderful verve and balance, this outstanding Pinot Noir will become very earthy as it ages over the next ten to fifteen years."

      Owen Bargreen,, Sept. 30, 2021

    • 'Brawny'

      "Perfumed nose with lifted orange peel and jasmine notes with black tea leaves and black wild fruit on the palate that had a brawny, big structure and a long expressive finish with purple flowers and broken rocks lingering in the head. This wine also benefits from a couple of hours of decanting."

      Cathrine Todd, July 2021

    • 94 points

      "Deep ruby color. A warm aromatic compote of raspberries, cherries and cranberry relish, along with notes of warm clay, violets, some wild herbs and creosote tones – really nice. Full-bodied, solid structure but rounded tannic edges, deep but balanced with vibrant acidity. Suave plum, strawberry and cherry fruit play well off these notes of sage, paprika, pepper – a ton going on here. Broth, mushroom tones need time to come out. This needs time, but it is so, so good."

      Isaac Baker,, July 2021

  • 2018

    • 94 points

      "Juicy with brawny black fruit, this wine offers soft, supple tannins that support fleshy ongoing richness on the midpalate. Varietally satisfying and expressive in velvety texture, it finishes in baking spice and a depth of earth."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    • 93 points

      "The 2018 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane is all restraint. Blood orange, red berry fruit, mint, rose petal and star anise all give the Olivet Lane a very pretty aromatic top register. Medium in body and understated, the Olivet Lane is finely sculpted, vivid and exceptionally polished. It is also less expressive today than most of the wines in the lineup. I would prefer to give it a bit of aeration."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, August 2020

    • 96 points

      "The Olivet Lane Vineyard was originally planted in 1973, and Merry Edwards is responsible for much of its development thanks to her working relationship with Bob Pellegrini, who she began working with in the mid-1980s. In 1991, Merry produced their winery’s Olivet Lane Pinot Noir which is now her own. Aromas are ripe and rich with mocha cherry and red roses. A juicy flow of cranberry and pomegranate is lit from within. The wine shows clean, feminine lines, and the finish is dusted with baking spices."

      Meridith May, Tasting Panel magazine, July/August 2020

    • 95 points

      "This is perhaps the top vineyard in the galaxy of splendid Merry Edwards vineyard-designates. The 2018 Olivet Lane shows fresh raspberry and a hint of forest floor on the nose, with excellent depth on the palate.  The tannins are supple and smooth this vintage and the persistence of flavor through the impressive finish."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Aug. 11, 2020

    Read More Acclaim for 2018
    • 92 points

      "Medium ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane has a nose of cranberry jelly and rhubarb with accents of blood orange, tea leaves, woodsmoke and forest floor. Medium-bodied and silky, it has a good core of bright fruit with seamless freshness and a long finish."

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, August 2020

    • 91 points

      "Well-sculpted, with good cut to the ripe berry, dark plum and currant flavors, which are concentrated and feature rich spiciness. Chocolate nib and savory accents show on the finish."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Oct. 15, 2020

    • 96 points

      "The dark and brooding 2018 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir is amazingly refined, especially considering its concentration. Less floral and fragrant than the Klopp Ranch, it expands and explodes as it sits in the glass. Initially, black fruit flavors predominate, but with air and time, savory notes appear and take over. Merry Edwards’ signature suaveness amplifies its appeal. Though plush and powerful, it is not heavy or overdone."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, February 2021

    • 93 points

      "Medium ruby color. Vibrant, deep aromas with raspberry, bright cherry, fresh strawberries, with complex elements of clove, rose petals, pine forest. On the palate, this is crisp and elegant on a medium/full-bodied frame with velvety but structured tannins – the balance is pristine. Delicious cherries, pomegranate, plum, raspberry fruit, tangy but deep. Complex elements of pine sap, crunchy leaves, tobacco, bay leaf, rose petals, just all sorts of things going on. Pure, delicious, give this air or five years of age and listen to it sing."

      Isaac Baker, The Terroirist, June 2020

    • Exceptional

      "The ravishing color of the Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2018, Russian River Valley, is a totally transparent mulberry-magenta hue; it’s a pinot noir of gratifying purity and intensity, from its bouquet of spiced and macerated black and red cherries and currants permeated by notes of sassafras, sandalwood and rhubarb, a hint of cloves, a touch of loam in the background; to its large-framed and full-bodied presence on the palate, where supple, velvety tannins support dark, evocative berry flavors infused by briers and brambles, roots and branches conjuring a sense of bedrock and vineyard foundations; a few moments in the glass bring in elements of iodine and iron, completing a package of impeccable power and balance."

      Fredric Koeppel,, April 2021

  • 2017

    • 93+ points

      "The 2017 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane comes from vines planted in 1973 in loamy soils. Made with 82% new French oak, it's medium ruby with aromas of granite, lilac and woodsmoke over rhubarb, crushed raspberries, potpourri and amaro touches. The palate is medium-bodied and fragrant with slowly evolving flavor layers and grainy tannins, with addicting freshness on the long, nuanced finish. This merits another couple of years in bottle."

      Erin Brooks, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019

    • 95 points

      "Generous and delicious, this is a tannic, boldly structured and beautifully brawny wine, rich in wild cherry and brambly blackberry. Toasted oak, orange and spicy nutmeg accent a luxurious mouthfeel on the midpalate before an unctuous wave of cocoa powder takes hold on the long finish."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

    • 97 points

      "Though I’ve always been a great fan of her Olivet Lane bottling, I think the 2017 is likely their best ever.  The 2017 Olivet Lane, like other Merry Edwards wines from that vintage, has vibrant acidity, which harmonizes perfectly with the wine’s power.  This energetic wine is like a combination of the Flax Vineyard and Bucher Vineyard, with the structure and minerality of the former and the charming fruitiness of the latter.  Plus, it has a wonderfully plush, velvet-like texture. Its long finish with an enticing hint of bitterness just adds to its appeal.  This is a riveting Pinot Noir — powerful, yet bright and energetic."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2020

    • 94 points

      “The 2017 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers more spicy oak as well as solid black cherry, caramelized raspberries, and graphite aromas and flavors. It’s beautifully balanced on the palate, with good midpalate depth and building tannins, as well as good acidity. It’s a young, tight 2017 that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and should last for over a decade.”

      Jeb Dunnuck,, June 2019

    • 91 points

      "Crunchy, featuring crushed red plum, berry and cherry flavors, framed by fresh acidity. Slate and spice notes emerge midpalate. The finish lingers with savory richness."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, August 2019

    Read More Acclaim for 2017
    • 95 points

      "Rich black cherry echoes on both the nose and palate. With a smooth texture and hints of toasty oak, this tribute to a justly famous vineyard is a typical Merry Edwards masterwork."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle, May 2019

    • 91 points

      "Concentrated, ripe red cherry fruit gets the starring role here, and, while the wine is a tad firm and a bit slow to open, it exhibits fine fruity depth from first sniff to finish and is marked by great staying power at the finish. Pinots bearing Ms. Edwards’ name rarely are wines to be gulped down in their early years, and, while sporting enough youthful, back-end tannin appears to commend at least two or three years of age, this one has the structure and focused fruity tenacity to age famously for a good half-dozen or more."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, November 2019

    • 90 points / "Very Highly Recommended"

      "Medium ruby; deep, ripe, currant and black cherry fruit aroma with hints of cola, damp earth, and rose petal; medium-full body; rich, ripe, textured, extracted, firmly structured, red and black fruit flavors that are currently a bit rough in the mouthfeel and finish; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A relatively big, stylish wine that should benefit from several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, June 2019

    • "Fiercely refreshing"

      "Pristine fruit from the first sip that opened with gravelly notes that were multifaceted with turmeric, forest floor balanced by ripe black cherries, baking spices that were electric in their brightness, with a long, long fiercely refreshing finish."

      Cathrine Todd,, July 2020

  • 2016

    • 94 points

      "The 2016 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane is medium to deep ruby-purple with a youthfully subdued nose opening to violet, blackberry jam, blueberry, bay leaf, earth and herbs hints. Medium to full-bodied, it has dark savory fruit, fine grainy tannins and great freshness to lift the finish. Give this more time in bottle or a good decant."

      Erin Brooks, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 30, 2019

    • 94 points

      "Broadly fleshy and expansive on the palate, this is a lovely, powerful wine, spicy in forest pine and clove. Succulent on the midpalate, it offers an array of well-defined citrus and wild strawberry, with a lingering quality to the finish that impresses in rose petal and lavender."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

    • 90 points

      "Tightly wound, with a mix of loamy earth and dried berry flavors amid sage and cedar notes. This doesn't move beyond that stage for now but time may help."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2018

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      Robert Whitley, Creators Syndicate, Dec. 4, 2018

    • "A striking pinot with depth and bright acid. Notes of dried cherry, cranberry, cracked black pepper and a hint of clove. Finishes crisp."

      Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, June 20, 2018

    Read More Acclaim for 2016
    • 94 points

      "A complex, showy wine with exciting aromas of baked cherry pie, dark blackberry jam, and cherry cordial. Profuse scents of violet, lavender, and red roses add elegance while lush hints of olive tapenade, cola, black pepper, and rich French oak complete the portrait. With its Russian River Valley acidity, it’s a lovely, food-friendly expression of this famed vineyard that’s deep with abundant minerals and spices and ripe with soft tannins and great depth."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, August 2018

    • 91 points / Very highly recommended

      "Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, forward, deep, red and black berry and cherry pie aroma with herbal and floral notes, and hints of damp earth, cola, and toasty oak; medium-full body; rich, textured, herbal, earthy, firmly structured, red and black fruit flavors with good depth, concentration, and acid balance, and a trace of sweet oak; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. While very approachable now, a slight roughness in the mouthfeel suggests the wine will benefit with several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, June 2018

    • 90 points

      "Calling this wine “light” would be a bit misleading, but it is a bit lighter and shows slightly less stuffing and mass than the rest of its winery mates in 2016. It is a nicely focused and solidly fruity Pinot all the same, and its comparatively firm structure and bent to back-end tightness make a compelling case for additional age. In fact, we rather expect it to be fairly long-lived and would not be at all surprised if it were to unfold and expand for a half-decade or more."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, November 2018

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      "The 2016 Olivet Lane is an excellent Pinot Noir: rich, full bodied, and young, it is a wine with evident depth (and tannin), and excellent flavor, tasting of baked cherry, red currant, red licorice, black tea, kola nut, and oak. From 41 year old vines on the western benchland of the Santa Rosa Plain, where 20 acres are planted to Pinot Noir."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2019

    • 92 points

      "This ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is impressive. It opens with plum and orange bouquet with a hint of cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very approachable. The flavor profile is a tasty, but gentle plum with notes of faint oak and refined minerality. I also detected hints of cinnamon and cherry-cola in the aftertaste. Its long and lingering gentle dry finish goes on for a while. This impressive Pinot would pair very nicely with grilled Colorado lamb chops with lavender."

      Ken's Wine Guide, February 2019

  • 2015

    • 95 points

      "Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers up intense red currants and warm red cherries notions with suggestions of baking spices, lavender, bay leaves and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, it has a lovely, plush frame and plenty of juicy red and black fruits, finishing long and perfumed."

      Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018

    • 98 points

      "Olivet Lane is Merry's signature Pinot and the reason she is the Queen of California Pinot Noir. The 2015 is a powerful wine with broad shoulders and layered richness. The most darkly fruited of all her Pinots, this Olivet Lane is built for the long haul. Its core is concentrated dark cherry deliciousness. There is an earthy note and plenty of wood spice, with a touch of mocha lurking in the background. One of Merry's best from her signature Pinot Noir vineyard. While drinkable now, I would prefer to lay it down and wait another three to five years before serving. This remarkable wine will only improve with additional bottle age."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018

    • 96 points

      "Olivet Lane is the heart of Russian River, and Merry Edwards expresses it beautifully. There’s a ton going on in this glass, with lively cherry, strawberry, sandalwood and soft toasty oak aromas and flavors that ride racy acidity through a blossoming finish that gains intensity for a good while after the liquid leaves your palate. Beautifully made."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Jan. 23, 2018

    • 93 points / Editors' Choice

      "This is a soft, velvety and lush wine, with bold, beautiful highlights of cranberry, orange and dark cherry. Medium in weight, it dances along a tightrope of fresh, focused acidity and savory black tea. The vineyard is planted with older vines that won’t last forever, and the winemaker treats each vintage as if it might be its last."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2018

    Read More Acclaim for 2015
    • 90 points

      "Medium ruby; attractive, forward, deep, ripe, cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of clove, cardamom, cola, and forest floor; medium-full body; layered, red fruit flavors with a rich, textured mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Will benefit from a few more years of aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2018

    • "This is a charming pinot noir with deep notes of baked cherry pie, cola and black pepper spice. Complex, with rich layers of fruit and spice. Lovely."

      Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 28, 2018

    • 90 points

      "Pinots hailing from Olivet Lane are more often than not lighter leaning, but Merry Edwards’s is a fuller and more substantial rendition with a deep bow to ripeness. It is a big, fully packed effort that is long on richness and near-pulpy fruit, and, if its extra volume comes at the cost of a touch of finishing coarseness and heat, the bargain is a good one nonetheless. Like most in the winery line-up, it calls for aging before reaching its best, and, if elegance may not be in its cards, a bit of increased range and polish surely await."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2018

    • 93 points

      "Smooth berry nose; silky and lush with juicy style and notes of spice and earth; elegant and balanced, long and stylish."

      Anthony Dias-Blue, Blue Lifestyle, November 2017

    • 91 points

      "This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a fragrant black raspberry and plum bouquet with hints of black cherry and oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, rich and juicy. The flavor profile is an oak and ripe plum blend with notes of black pepper and black raspberry. I also detected hints of minerality mixed in as well. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins are nicely prolonged."

      Ken's Wine Guide, February 2018

    • "The 2015 Olivet Lane is stunning: supple, rich and complex in flavor (cherry, plum, red licorice, rose petal, baked cherry, black tea, spicy oak), beautifully balanced, and very long and persistent in the finish. Warrants aging."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, July 2018

  • 2014

    • 92+ points

      "Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers an earthy nose of underbrush, moss, dusty soil and truffles over notes of crushed Bing cherries and cranberries, plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium-bodied, elegant and fresh in the mouth, the red berry and earth flavors are well-supported by chewy tannins and give a nice long finish."

      Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, April 28, 2017

    • 94 points

      "This is from one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the area, owned and farmed by Bob Pellegrini, and a place that has provided grapes for Edwards since the 1980s. Spicy pine and cardamom greet the nose and palate, as silky smooth layers of rose and wild strawberry meet cardamon and vanilla. Medium-bodied, it remains complex and balanced as it develops additional nuance in the glass."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2017

    • Sonoma Magazine Top 100 Wines of 2017

      "Edwards has sourced grapes from Bob Pellegrini’s Olivet Lane Vineyard for more than 25 years. From there in 2014, she made a medium-full-bodied wine with purity of fruit (juicy dark cherry and wild berry), seamless texture and a savory, woodsy element that appears upon aeration in the glass. Be sure to swirl."

      Sonoma Magazine, Nov. 1, 2017

    • 96 points

      "The Olivet Lane is always one of Merry’s most complex Pinots, and the 2014 is no exception. This wine shows layered red fruits and spice, with a note of black tea and exquisite flesh and richness for a wine with such firm tannins. This is a wine that will improve in the cellar. Peak maturity likely won’t arrive for another three to five years, so a bit of patience is in order."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 21, 2017

    • 95 points

      "There are fewer savory elements in Merry Edwards’ Olivet Lane compared to the Coopersmith and Meredith, but the crystalline purity of the red fruit flavors is astounding.  The savory slightly mushroom-y nuances appear with time, which reinforces an important point when drinking (or tasting) her wines.  They develop in front of your eyes over hours so these are wines to savor and think about while you eat."


      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

    Read More Acclaim for 2014
    • 91 points / Very highly recommended

      "Medium-light to medium ruby; forward, assertive, deep, cherry fruit aroma with notes of clove and forest floor, and a hint of milk chocolate; medium-full body; deep, rich, layered, red fruit flavors; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A bit rough and youthful at present, needing several more years of bottle aging."


      California Grapevine, December 2016

    • 90 points

      "Long on ripe cherries, hinting at a bit of crème brûlée sweetness and graced with a light touch of dried flowers, this buoyant bottling begins with full flush of fruit and then, in the typical manner of Olivet Lane Pinots, tightens up and gets fairly pert in progression. It is not a small wine by any means, but it will need a few years of time before fully unfolding, and it is likely to stand slightly apart in style from its richer siblings even when fully mature."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017


      "A classic Russian River Pinot Noir. It is intense and complex in character (cherry, kola nut, clove, rosehips, vanilla, red currant, blueberry, nutmeg), supple in texture, very long on the palate, and harmonious and persistent on the finish."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

  • 2013

    • 94 points / Cellar Selection


      "Baked bread and lavender jump out on the nose of this perennially delicious wine, which in this vintage shines in red fruit with a crisp citrus undertone. Elegant and graceful, it offers moderate tannins that will withstand aging, finishing in spicy nutmeg and wild vanilla."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2016

    • 96 points


      "Olivet Lane is Merry Edwards' big gun and the big gun always fires. The 2013 vintage from this splendid Russian River Valley property is deeply scented with a spicy, grapey perfume. On the palate the wine is layered and powerful, showing exceptional dimension while remaining elegant and in balance. There is a touch of forest floor and firm grip on the finish. Outstanding now, but even better in another three to five years."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2015

    • 93 points

      "In contrast to the well-liked Coopersmith effort below, this one shows its nuanced side from the beginning but it does so with far less extract and concentration and, instead, is keyed to the compact, slow-to-develop track so often seen with Olivet Lane wines. Its fruit is clean, precise and restrained yet totally on point as Pinot Noir in its delivery of red cherries and dried wild flowers graced by richly supportive oak. The hints of suppleness and velvet in its texture are early signs of finesse that will develop over time, and while five years of age is sure to help, we would not be surprised by more."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2016


      "The 2013 Olivet Lane (Edwards first made a Pinot from this vineyard in the 1986 vintage), one of the Russian River’s most celebrated vineyards—it is superb: velvety in texture, full bodied, and very long and harmonious on the palate, with a lingering finish. It has rich but subtle aromas/flavors, tasting of strawberry, cherry, red currant, toast, caramel, and clove."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

    • 95 points


      "With a different profile than her other Pinots -- more red than black fruit intermingled with the hard to describe “leafy” character -- Merry Edwards’ Olivet Lane shows the virtue of single vineyard bottlings.  Though all of the hallmarks of Merry Edwards’ wines are there:  Beautiful balance, well structured but not oppressive tannins, and freshness, the wine is still unique.  There’s no cookie-cutter in her winery!"

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2015

    • 94 points


      "There's no one better at expressing the lovely earthy qualities of Pinot Noir than Merry Edwards. Even in a vintage where the fruit qualities are at their best, she doesn't let the fruit carry the day with no savory elements to add depth and complexity.  Cherry, raspberry, roses, damp earth, mild caramel and light fall spice aromas and flavors are delivered in a full bodied, structured package that shows beautifully now and promises to age into something even better.  Score another win for the master!"

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, December 2015

    • 91 points


      "This translucent dark red colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with musty black cherry-cola bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, refined and nicely coats your mouth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild red plum with notes of Dr. Pepper and gentle oak. I also detected a hint of strawberry. The finish is dry and its flavors and mild tannins drift way nicely. This very good Pinot Noir would pair well with pork tenderloin."

      Ken's Wine Guide, December 2015

    • 90 points


      "Medium ruby; deep, intense, spicy, black cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with notes of clove and forest floor; medium-full body; rich, deep, textured red fruit flavors; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. A bit rough at present and needing some bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2016

    • 92 points


      "Bright ruby color; silky and ripe with bright cherry and spice; earthy and savory, dense, and rich; long and balanced."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

  • 2012

    • "A quintessential Russian River Pinot Noir"

      "Sonoma-based Merry Edwards is justly renowned for her Pinot Noirs, and the Olivet Lane wine is one of my favorites. Opulent, with explosive aromas of red fruit and spice, it is rich in texture but polished. A quintessential Russian River Pinot Noir."

      Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2015

    • 95 points


      "Though similarly plush and polished, a thread of red fruit flavors is woven into the fabric of the Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir, which sets it apart from both the Coopersmith and Georganne bottlings. At this stage, with its charming subtleties, the Olivet Lane is the most expressive of these three single vineyard bottlings. It’s not tiring to drink because each sip brings different nuances -- a hint of fruit, some earthiness, where the savory mushroom note come from. In short, it sings."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2015

    • 96 points


      "Merry's flagship pinot noir is always sure to please, and the 2012 Olivet Lane is no exception. This is a rich, spicy, perfumed pinot with layered complexity, showing aromas of raspberry, plum and cherry. There is power with elegance, and firm acid and grippy tannins that bode well for long-term cellaring. The persistence of flavor on the palate through a very long finish is almost astonishing. This is Merry Edwards at her best, but then I could say that about her Olivet Lane pinot just about every vintage."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2014

    • 90 points


      “From a longstanding source of primo grapes, this Olivet Lane Pinot sings in floral rose and violet while offering damp earth, subtle hints of black raspberry and striking acidity. With well-integrated oak and softly layered tannins, it’s on the lighter side of the producer’s line-up of wines, building up steam as it goes.”

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015

    • "Best Bottles to Give This Holiday Season"


      "Aromas of oak and rose petals, flavors of black raspberries, cassis and cola, powerful and complex, with big body and long, smooth finish." Read the full article here:

      Fred Tasker, Miami Herald, Dec. 4, 2014

    • 91 points


      "Wispy top notes of dried brush and bark are gradually countered by slow-to-emerge, red cherry fruit in the nose and the flavors that follow with quite solid, somewhat compact, young fruit taking its time in coming to the fore. The wine is blends fleshy texture and fairly tight structure, as Olivet Lane Pinots are wont to do, but there is no lack of fruity solidity here, and it has the depth and focus to grow with cellaring and can be set aside for a few years with complete confidence that its future is bright and assured."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2015

    • "Impressive"


      "A gorgeous pinot with depth. Complex, with layers of cassis, boysenberry and rose petals. Seamless texture. Impressive."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "Wine List," Nov. 2, 2014

    • 91 points


      Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, November 2014

      "(A)ssertive, fragrant, red and black fruit aroma with spicy notes and hints of dried herbs and vanilla; moderately concentrated, textured, raspberry and Bing cherry flavors with a note of sweet oak."


      "A supple, complex, finely balanced Pinot Noir of exceptional quality. It is rich but subtle; a wine with seamless texture, and a very long, persistent finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of plum, violet, rose petal, cherry, black currant, toast, vanilla, and cedar. A tremendous wine."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

    • 92 points


      "A beautifully complex, spicy and elegant range of both red and dark pinot fruit is nuanced by background wisps of sandalwood and floral hints. The sleek and wonderfully textured medium weight flavors possess a velvety mouth feel before culminating in a dusty, firm and strikingly long and complex finale. This is lovely and built to age."

      Allen Meadows,, June 2015

    • 92 points


      "Elegant and silky with juicy cherry, spice and tangy acidity; bright and lively, clean, savory and long."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," November 2014
  • 2011

    • 97 points


      "Historically, the Olivet Lane Vineyard pinot has been Merry's signature achievement in the world of fine wine, a triumph in virtually every vintage. It remains so even in the challenging year of 2011, when foul weather was the main story line. This vintage of Olivet Lane is sensational, showing an earthy character on the nose that the French like to call "garrigue." This wine is all about dark fruits and spice, with a hint of anise and tremendous depth without losing its elegant persona. One of the finest California pinots I've tasted this year."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Talk, “Thoughts for the Year,” December 2013

    • 95 points


      "The age of the vines -- the vineyard’s 40 years old -- shows in this wine’s complexity and refinement.  It combines the brightness and liveliness character of Edwards’ Sonoma Coast bottling with the intensity of her Georganne Pinot Noir.  What’s most amazing is the way it unfolds in the glass, revealing more and more pleasure over a couple of hours.  Similar to all of Edwards’ Pinot Noirs, it’s intense without being heavy -- the Burgundian idea of flavor without weight.  Despite that description, it clearly has a Russian River Valley signature.  This is not a Burgundy wannabe.  It’s just fantastic California Pinot Noir."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2013

    • Complex

      "Edwards's 2011 Russian River Valley Olivet Lane pinot is a classic portrait of the variety's quixotic tension between restraint and full-fledged seduction, complex in Bing cherry and kitchen cinnamon."

      Virginie Boone, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 12, 2013

    • 92 points
      "The flavors are deep and delicious in this Pinot with notes of cherries, cur­rants and raspberries, along with a hint of raisins. It’s tannic enough to warrant a little time in the cellar. Your window begins to open in 2016, but this isn’t an extended ager."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

  • 2010

    • 95 points


      "The pedigree of this rich Pinot Noir is evident right away in the mouthfeel, offering a silky and satiny texture, brightened with citrusy acidity. The flavors immediately kick in with a solid wall of red cherries, licorice, persimmons, pomegranates and cola. An exciting, complex wine to drink now, and it should gather momentum over six years, maybe even longer."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

    • 95 points


      "Edwards has done it again with a tremendous trio of 2010 Russian River Pinot Noirs. Despite their differences they all have her signature of power and grace. Youthful, but not astringent, tannins are apparent in the Olivet Lane bottling. A splendid array of earth notes and black fruit come through in waves. It’s smoky and succulent. More intense, than big, it is not heavy or ponderous. This luxurious wine grows and blossoms in the glass. And best of all, the finish has attractive bitter notes, not the sweetness often marring California Pinot Noir. I’d cellar this one for a few years to allow all its potential to show."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2013


      "(E)legant, supple, and full bodied; a Pinot Noir that is rich in flavor, well balanced, and lightly tannic on the finish. It tastes of plum, violet, toast, blueberry, baked cherry, and spicy oak. Outstanding."

      Restaurant Wine, December 2012

    • 91 points:  "Very highly recommended"


      "Medium ruby; attractive, forward, intense, ripe black cherry fruit aroma with notes of clove and vanilla; medium-full body; rich, textured, black cherry fruit flavors with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. ... Shows some elegance and distinctive varietal character."

      California Grapevine, December 2012

    • 92 points


      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, December 2012

    • 90 points


      "An intense, ripe, and vibrant red, with lively acidity and crisp tannins. Turns dry and crisp on the finish, where the flavors are focused and persistent."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, March 31, 2013

  • 2009

    • "Pinot of the Year"


      "The finest Pinot Noir I’ve ever tasted from Merry Edwards, the person I call Miss Russian River Valley – a stunner."

      Tom Simoneau, "The Good Food Hour," KSRO radio, Dec. 31, 2011

    • 95 points / Cellar Selection


      Wine Enthusiast, February 2012 issue

    • 94 points


      "This ruby colored Pinot Noir opens with a fragrant red currant bouquet with hints of vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is fruit forward, nicely balanced, smooth, and elegant. The flavor profile is a delicious plum with notes of gently integrated old oak. I also detected hints of black pepper and anise. The finish is dry and its fine tannins are slightly sticky. This classy Pinot was very popular at our table and would be a perfect match with a pork tenderloin dinner. Excellent."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Feb. 6, 2012

    • 91 points


      "A very delicate style, lean, pure, crisp, tangy and flinty, with snappy wild berry and raspberry notes. Full-bodied, intense, tight and focused, this is most expansive on the finish where the flavors fan out nicely."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, July 27, 2011

    • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended


      "Attractive, forward, intense, spicy, ripe raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with cedary notes and hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate; medium-full body; forward, plush, spicy, cranberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavors with a silk mouthfeel."

      California Grapevine, Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012 issue

    • 'Excellent'


      "The Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2009, Russian River Valley, is rich, smoky, meaty and fleshy, with an edge of aged game bird and scintillating graphite, but there’s a core of delicacy and elegance that keeps the wine lively and elevated; this feels as if chiseled from slate but with feline grace and litheness; in fact, the wine is downright muscular in texture, but not at the expense of a super-smooth, satiny skin. ... Excellent,"

      Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head, Nov. 27, 2011


       "Olivet Lane is an outstanding wine: very finely flavored and full bodied, with complex character, good balance, and a very persistent finish, tasting of clove, plum, cherry, toast, tobacco, and kola nut. First rate."

      Restaurant Wine, July 2012

    • 95 points


      "Perennial winner at QRW tastings. Good weight and texture. Ripe, succulent, plum and chocolate. Splendid stuff!"

      Quarterly Review of Wines, "Best of Best Pinot Noir 2013"

  • 2008

    • No. 1 Pinot Noir


      Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Olivet Lane was named No. 1 Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual Restaurant Poll.

      Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2011

    •  94 Points


      “If you merely took note of the score, you might expect this wine to be powerful Olivet Lane Pinot from Merry. On the contrary, it is delicate, fragrant and mysterious, complex in subtle ways and inviting, despite its pale color and aromatics that whisper rather than roar. I believe it is safe to say Merry Edwards knows the Olivet Lane vineyard as well as any she has sourced over her long and distinguished career. She gets what the vineyard gives, and shows it in only the best of lights. This vintage shows the sweet aromas of rose petal and violets. There is sweet red cherry in the wind, an earthy note of cola, with hints of licorice and mocha. It is most rare of all red wines, for it is delicate and displays tremendous depth at the same time. The tannins are beautifully integrated and the wine well balanced, fresh and alive. It is wonderful stuff, this latest Olivet Lane from the queen of California Pinot Noir.”

      Robert Whitley,, March 1, 2011

    • "Best of the Best":


      "Outstanding. Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves. Hefty, yet well-balanced, dark chocolate and damson plum."

      Quarterly Review of Wines, Summer 2011

    • 90 points


      "This dark ruby colored Pinot opens with a ripe black raspberry bouquet with a hint of black pepper and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and loaded with fruit forward flavors. The flavor profile is a spicy black raspberry with notes of pepper and plum. The finish is rather dry and its sticky oak tannins hang around for quite some time."

      Ken's Wine Guide, June 24, 2011

    • 'Highly recommended'


      "Attractive, spicy, bright red cherry fruit aroma with toasty notes and hints of mocha and licorice ... moderately rich, herbal, toasty, black cherry flavor with spicy notes and hints of green tea and toasty oak. ... Highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, Vol. 37, No. 1, February 2011

    • 92 Points / Cellar Selection


      Wine Enthusiast

  • 2007

    • 95 points

      "Olivet Lane has long been a benchmark Pinot for Merry. The '07 vintage provides a beautiful example of Olivet Lane at its best. With a pure black cherry and spice nose and a subtle hint of the earth, the aromas simply pull you into the glass. On the palate the silky tannins remind you this is one of the stars of California Pinot Noir. And the complex layers of fruit and hedonistic opulence are further evidence that this is one outstanding Pinot Noir vineyard in the hands of a Pinot Noir genius."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Nov. 6, 2009

    •  (19 out of 20 points)


      "The most elegant of Edwards' many fine Pinots, it charms with cherry fruit, silky tannins, subtle barrel spice and a ballerina-like dance on the palate."

      Decanter California 2010, Vintage Report, Murphy's Pick

    • 92 Points "Make Room in the Cellar"
      "(R)ich, lush red cherry flavors with great spice and herbal notes; silky texture; sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Very lush Pinot with great flavors -- a delight to drink now but will definitely reward some cellar patience."

      PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

    • 3.5 Stars

      Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

    • 93 points

      Wine Enthusiast, January 2010

    • Wine of the Week

      "A ripe, juicy pinot noir with aromas of cherry blossom and spice. Notes of cherry, raspberry, herbs and spice. Lush texture. Long finish."

      The Press Democrat, "Wine of the Week," December 2009

    • 9 / 10 points


      "Medium garnet in color, this wine has a nose of cranberry and a lightly spicy cherry liqueur quality. In the mouth it is smooth and silky with very nice balance and a core of cranberry and raspberry flavors, that give way to a cocoa, and light smoky quality on the finish."

      Alder Yarrow,, March 24, 2009

  • 2006

    • (E)arthy, dark cherry


      "(E)arthy, dark cherry aromas and heady chocolate covered cherry flavors – which seem to melt across the tongue. This wine would marry beautifully with crisp roasted duck served with a dark sour cherry sauce and some delicate morel mushrooms sautéed in duck fat. Its solid acidity levels make it very food friendly especially with rich meat and game dishes and earthy foods like mushrooms and root vegetables."

      Summer Whitford,, March 11, 2009

    •  92 Points

      "(P)recise varietal aroma of red cherries with hints of sweet spices and a dollop of crème brûlée and slightly toasty oak puts it out ahead of the crowd, and its full and impeccably balanced palatal impressions only add to its luster."

      Connoisseurs’ Guide, February 2009

    • 92 points

      "With this bottling Merry Edwards shows that she can work her magic ... this wine's focus tends towards the spicy savory elements rather than ripe cherry-like flavors. The fine tannins lend support without being intrusive or dulling the overall lush texture. The incredible finish makes you pause after each sip."

      Michael Apstein,, Jan. 21, 2009

    • 90 points

      “This has long been one of Merry's go-to vineyard designates, and she's made a good wine from the tricky '06 vintage ... with balance and elegance, a complex array of red and black fruits, spice and chewy tannins.”

      Wine Talk by Robert Whitley, Dec. 16, 2008

    • Poetry in a bottle

      "Poetry in a bottle, big and elegant enough to give Cab devotees a huge case of Pinot envy. Velvety and balanced with a long, long finish. It's aged in mostly new French oak, so you'll notice that upfront – spice and vanilla, mostly. This is a fabulous food wine, of course, but I'd be inclined to drink it all by itself in front of a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening."

      Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, Nov. 7, 2008

    • 2006 Favorite

      Dan Berger names Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir a favorite for the 2006 vintage from Russian River Valley., April 23, 2008

  • 2005

    • Lush and Velvety Smooth

      “Merry Edwards nailed this one.  Lush and smooth as velvet, it shows enormously deep, ripe blackberry, cherry, raspberry, leather, cola, soy-splashed Portobello, vanilla and cinnamon spice flavors."


      Wine Enthusiast, March 2008

    • Real Winner


      "Here's a real winner.  Consistently some of the best pinot noirs in California.” 

      In the Kitchen with Narsai David,, Feb. 12, 2008

    • 93 points

      “It is wines such as this that have made us unbashed fans of Ms. Edwards's Pinot Noirs.”

      Connoisseurs' Guide, February 2008

    • Great Backbone

      “A pinot with great backbone. Notes of cherry, raspberry, plum, mineral, toast and spice. Has depth.”, Jan. 6, 2008

    • Rose Petals

      “A dose of rose petals, cherries and cola commingled aromatically with memorable flavors of more cherries, violets and nutmeg. ... If I could drink this wine every day, I would.”

      Virginie Boone,, Nov. 26, 2007

    • Sensual and Mesmerizing

      “This is among the most sensual and mesmerizing pinots around, with delicious earthy, cocoa flavors.”

      Cooking Light, November 2007

  • 2004

    • Powerfully Feminine 

       “The inherent expression in the Olivet Lane is powerfully feminine, and the … 2004 in particular exhibits intense aromas.”

      Brett Anderson, The Robb Report, March 2007

    • 92.8 Points

      Community Tasting, Nov. 4, 2008

    • 90 points

      “Merry Edwards knows how to make rich, velvety pinot noir.  This one is as fat in the haunches as a Porsche Carrera, and just as sleek.”

      Wine & Spirits, April 2007

    • Earthy

      “Earthy, complex and cellarworthy.”

      Linda Murphy, Decanter Magazine, March 2007

    • puffpuff 92 points

      “It is full, sweet and highly extracted with lots of solid, black-cherry fruit…”

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2007

    • 90 points

      “Fragrant black cherry and wild raspberry scents are fresh and vibrant, with a delicate mouthfeel to the texture.  Well balanced, turning complex on the palate.”

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, Jan. 31, 2007

    • 94 points

      “A glorious success, for this or any vintage. It shows classic Russian River balance and refinement.”

      Steve Heimoff, The Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 15, 2006

    • 94 points

      “Merry Edwards’ Pinot Noirs are invariably distinctive.  She prizes power and depth and there is no better example of that than her flagship Pinot from the Olivet Lane Vineyard. This is a massive wine for a Pinot Noir, showing layers of dark fruit, earthy scents of forest floor, and firm tannins that will need a bit of time to resolve and allow this exceptional Pinot to deliver on its vast potential.”

      Robert Whitley,, Nov. 21, 2006

    • “Exceptional”

      “”Loads of cherry … perfect handling of the oak, and a handsome, sleek texture”

      Dan Berger, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, June 8, 2006

  • 2003

    • 94 points

      "(A) massive wine…built for age.”

      Wine and Spirits, October 2005

    • Top 100 Wines of 2006

      San Francisco Chronicle

    • Queen of Pinot Noir

      “Merry Edwards is sometimes called the ‘Queen’ of Pinot Noir, and with good reason since she produces very classy wines. This is but another jewel in her crown.”

      Paul Lukacs, The Washington Times, Aug. 2, 2006

    • 94 points

      “(G)reat balance and structure, long finish. This is consistently a wonderful Pinot.”

      Greg Walter, Pinot Report, Issue #33

    • 92 points

      “Supple and silky smooth.”

      Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, October 2005

    • 92 points

      Michael Franz
      Robert Whitley’s Wine Reviews On Line, Oct. 12, 2005

    • 91 points

      “Trim and focused, it’s delicate, refined and delightful to drink.”

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, Sept. 30, 2005

    • 90 points

      “This is a silky, complicated and enjoyable wine.”

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2005

    • “Exceptional: supple, rich and finely balanced, with excellent flavor and length.”

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #107

    • Evolution

      “This will evolve very much like a French Burgundy from the Cote de Beaune.”

      Narsai David, KCBS Radio, July 15, 2005

    • One of the 100 Best Wines of 2005

      Wine & Spirits Magazine

  • 2002

    • 94 points

      “WOW! This is a big, powerful Pinot with a lush, silky mouthfeel and gobs of flavor.”

      PinotReport, Issue #24

    • 92 points

      “The flavors are sophisticated, the wine dynamic and intense.”

      Wine & Spirits, October 2004

    • 92 points

      “(A) sweet, lusciousness of cherry and strawberry flavor. The flavors are sophisticated, the wine dynamic and intense.”

      Wine & Spirits, October 2004

    • 92 points

      “A tremendous effort with ripe, intense, opulent yet firmly concentrated black cherry and blackberry fruit that's tightly wound and sharply focused.”

      James Laube, The Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2004

    • 91 points

      “Sweet aromas of boysenberry, cherry, tar and briar. Copious flavors of strawberry, cassis, coffee, smoke and earth.”

      The Wine News, August/September 2004

    • Full-bodied

      “Full-bodied, fleshy, and very ripely flavored; this is a Pinot Noir with a generous palate impression, and a long, lightly oaked finish.”

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #101

    • 90 points

      “Very highly recommended”

      California Grapevine, June-July 2004

    • Lively Fruit

      “Keenly focused on fine and lively fruit in the nose.”

      Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2004

    • Recommended

      Gourmet, December 2004

    • Woman's Touch

      “A superb wine that benefits from a woman’s touch.”

      The Robb Report, November 2004

  • 2001

    • 95 points

      One of the top 12 Pinot Noirs of 2003

      The 2004 Pinot Passion Awards, PinotReport Special Awards Issue

    • 95 points

      "WOW! Merry Edwards' Olivet Lane bottling is Russian River Valley through and through. Take the great character from a 30-year-old vineyard and add Merry's touch and you've got a world-class wine."

      Greg Walter, publisher, PinotReport, October 2003

    • 93 points

      “Here is a deep, round and mouthfilling wine whose pulpy cherry nose and flavors come seasoned by notes of cocoa and sweet wood smoke.”

      Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004

    • 90 points

      “Sweet, juicy flavors of plum, vanillin oak, smoke, tea and clove.”

      The Wine News, February/March 2004

    • ****+

      “Fleshy and richly flavored; a well-balanced, complex Pinot Noir, with a very long finish. It tastes of strawberry, black cherry, tobacco, toast, and new oak.”

      Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, in a featured SPOTLIGHT of three 2001 Merry Edwards wines in Restaurant Wine, Issue #97

    • ****(out of four)


      Chris Knap, wine columnist, The Orange County Register, Oct. 23, 2003

    • Firm Backbone

      “Medium deep red color -- elegant aroma of ripe but firm cherries with the distinct background aromas of Pinot Noir. Lovely elegance on the palate with enough tannin to form a firm backbone. A few years of age would pay handsomely."

      Narsai David, KCBS Radio, Oct. 1, 2003.

  • 2000

    • Barbara Ensrud,, winter 2010

      "We had this wine in my winter (2009-10) wine class at Duke. Always one of Merry Edwards' richest Pinots, the 2000 Olivet Lane has mellowed into a smooth and silky, deliciously complex wine, still quite lively and lovely for drinking now. We longed for braised quail or roast duckling to complement it."


      Barbara Ensrud,,  Discovery Page

  • 1999

    • 93 points

      Wine & Spirits, February 2002

    • 95 points
      "Wow! This is so intense and flavorful and yet so balanced -- it just doesn't get much better than this."

      PinotReport, June 2002

    • "These four Pinot Noirs are, bottle for bottle and from the same winery, among the finest we have tasted from the USA in the 1999 vintage."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #86

    •   92 points

      "This wine is also very much keyed on ripe and energetic fruit and, it racks up another hit for Ms. Edwards. It is medium-full bodied and quite velvety in feel."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, November 2001

    • Beautiful Wine

      "WOW! What a beautiful wine to lay down for a few years. Exceptional lingering richness of flavors."

      Narsai David, KCBS Food News, Aug. 24, 2001

    • 92 points

      "Gorgeous nose of crushed blackberry and spicy oak. Intensely concentrated with opulent flavors of cassis, black cherry and raspberry. Continued impressions of spicy oak and black cherry in the long, harmonious finish."

      The Wine News, August-September 2001

    • First place, 92 points
      "Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, August-September 2001


      "This is one to savour for its subtle beauties. It should be cellared for at least two years, and it has the complexity and balance to age for at least five or six years."

      Norm Roby,

    • The most elegant bottling of the batch. It’s a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins, bright cherry fruit, a kick of allspice, and a kiss of oak. Drink now.

      Wines of the Week by Leslie Sbrocco, The New York Times, Dec. 4, 2001

  • 1998

    • 92 points

      "Quite Possibly the best Pinot yet seen under Merry Edwards label, this deep, impressively concentrated youngster hits all the marks squarely from density and definition to balance and fundamental richness."

      Connoisseur's Guide, February 2001 

    • Top 100 Wines of 2001 

      - San Francisco Chronicle

    • Fresh Berry Flavors

      "As the winemaker/owner of Meredith Vineyard Estate and Merry Edwards Wines, [Merry] Edwards is emerging as one of California's most thoughtful and articulate producers of Pinot Noir." Merry Edwards 1998 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir has more density and weight [than the 1997 wine] and is layered with fresh berry flavors."

      - Gerald Boyd, San Francisco Chronicle, January 10, 2001

    • "With its harmonious fruit and oak, this wine is a beautifully integrated package..."

      - Leslie Sbrocco,, November 13, 2000

  • 1997

    • Cellar Selection
      "While most wine drinkers agree about the virtues of Pinot Noir, few can agree on where the best Pinot Noir is grown in California. Russian River Valley in Sonoma County is one of the top choices. Olivet Lane, a small vineyard on bench land in the Russian River Valley, has supplied some top Pinot Noir grapes to various wineries over the years. Edwards has a long-term relationship with the vineyard owners, and considers grapes from Olivet Lane among the best in Russian River Valley.

      Gerald Boyd, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 15, 1999

    • Subtle black cherry and plum fruit

      "We are happy to report that these Pinots exceed all expectations as first releases. They possess beautiful subtle black cherry and plum fruit, and are velvety on the palate. Given the price differential, I could live happily with the less expensive bottling, but you should not be discouraged from enjoying the greater depth and toasty-smoky oak complexity offered by the Olivet Lane Pinot."

      - Norm Roby, Your Guide to Winery Direct Wines, June 16, 1999