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2011 Olivet Lane Chardonnay

Merry Edwards Wines

2011 Olivet Lane Chardonnay

Winemaker's Comments

2011 presented another wonderful opportunity to produce a wine from the renowned Olivet Lane property. I count every vintage completed as a treasure from this now 40-year-old vineyard. This wine needs to be coddled during the entire winegrowing process. First special fruit thinning is required to bring out her very best character traits. Then she requires extra nutrients, vitamins and lees stirring. Like the “venerable lady” that she is, her barrels must be placed outside in the sun each day during the winter and following spring in order to complete both the yeast and secondary fermentations. The resulting wine is certainly worth the extra effort and attention!
The beautiful straw gold color of this Chardonnay portends its deeply complex nature. Its mouthwatering aroma is lush with sun-ripened Gravenstein apples, honeyed apricots and crème brulée. Subtle hints of toasted spicy oak, sweet nutmeg and caramel complete its rich profile. In the mouth, this wine is elegant and regal, showing good acidity, structure and the fine balance characteristic of Russian River Valley.

Critical Acclaim

96 points

"Here is a deep, masterfully crafted wine that stands with the very best Chardonnays of its vintage, and, from first sniff to finish, it shows enormous fruity depth and an altogether remarkable sense of control. It is rich and yet still a bit tight, and it offers tantalizing glimpses of complexity sure to come with a rare knack for being concentrated and wonderfully vital at once. It is a serious young wine of real pedigree, and it is one that will handsomely reward being hidden in the cellar for no less than another two to five years." Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 2014

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