2016 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir
Olivet Lane Vineyard continues its reign as a standard-bearer for Russian River Pinot Noirs. The Martini selection grown on AxR rootstock brings to life a heritage style, which was ubiquitous in times past but rarely exists today. In our portfolio, it’s one of a kind and irreplaceable as an elegant treasure from this rare old vineyard in its fifth decade. The vines are now fast approaching the end of their lifespan, so we cherish each vintage as if it were the last.
In this aroma, one can luxuriate in a fragrance of baked cherry pie, crushed violets, Bing cherry jam, ripe black plums and Queen Anne cherry compote. The senses are equally flooded with scents of dried rose petals, currants and cherry eau de vie. Hints of caramelized brown sugar, toasty oak, new leather and clean mulch add complex, savory accents. On the palate, the tannins are rich and silky while the classic acid balance needed for long-term aging is very present. The sustained, sleek finish reveals blood orange, anise and black tea.
Please try this easy, satisfying recipe I call Sublime Porchetta with this vintage of our Olivet Lane. Once you do, it will become a favorite. Wrapped securely in bacon, the pork tenderloin remains juicy and succulent, not really needing any sauce. Add baby vegetables to the baking dish, like potatoes, beets and carrots. Serve alongside the porchetta, and you have a complete and wonderfully tasty meal.
"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
"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