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2010 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2010 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

Olivet Lane endures as an elegant, shining star in our portfolio. My relationship with this vineyard has been growing since 1986, when I first met the owner, Bob Pellegrini, now my good friend. The vines are nearly four decades old, and I have been privileged to work closely with these grapes for more than 25 years. It has been a wonderful experience to craft wines from one of the oldest Pinot Noir estates in Russian River Valley. At our company Christmas party in 2011, we enjoyed a 10-year magnum vertical from 2000 through 2009 – the longevity of Olivet Lane is impressive!
This wine’s color is a beautiful, deep garnet hue, reflecting the unusually low yields common to the 2010 vintage. The aroma is intricate and beguiling – full of juicy Queen Anne cherries and mouthwatering dark fruit. Floral notes of roses, oak spice and a hint of black licorice add a layered, vibrant complexity. All of this generous fruit spills over into a palate that is satiny and incredibly rich. At release, this exquisite Pinot is showing only a tantalizing glimpse of what the future holds.

Critical Acclaim

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

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