2009 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir
This cherished vineyard walks in step with my career, matching my 37 years in winegrowing. It’s been my pleasure to make wine from these grapes for 25 of those years. Such a long relationship has afforded me the opportunity to slowly and steadily discover what techniques, both in the vineyard and winery, bring out its best attributes.
For the past several years, we have supplied Bob Pellegrini with our organic mushroom compost, which he has generously applied to nourish these precious old vines. As the vineyard has matured, tonnage has dropped. The remaining grapes have higher tannin content, thus requiring fewer whole clusters in the fermenter. The demand for new oak has actually increased from about 40 to 80 percent over the past two decades.
An excellent vintage in general, this 2009 Olivet Lane is no exception, fully expressing its classically elegant personality. The stunning aroma is pure and focused -- sweet, succulent red and black cherries, with a gentle hint of dark chocolate and spicy oak. The palate yields rich, floral fruit accented by a bit of black licorice, while the supple entry leads to a satisfying, luscious finish.
"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