2007 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir
An enduring favorite of our portfolio, Olivet Lane continues to be a classic standard-bearer for Russian River Valley. This lovely old property in the Santa Rosa Plain region is one of the few remaining vineyards planted to Pinot Noir in the 1970s. For the past decade, we have been blessed with a small allocation of these grapes, farmed by the Pellegrini Family.
The color of a scarlet-red rose, this Pinot shows immediate appeal as its mouthwatering aroma literally pours from the glass. Masses of cherries – Queen Anne, Black, Bing and even scents of homemade cherry pie – fill the glass. The focused fruit character is complemented by a dash of white pepper, molasses, caramel and red licorice. Silky and elegant, the palate is rich with supple tannins, while a hint of rose petals dusts the velvet finish. Its old-vine heritage gives this wine an understated power and sure potential for long-term aging.
"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, WineReviewOnline.com, November 6, 2009