2014 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir
Olivet Lane is one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in Russian River Valley. Born some 40 years ago, it was Merry's honor to make these wines beginning in the early ’80s. As a result, both the property and its owner, Bob Pellegrini, are old friends of Merry's. Over the years, this intimate relationship allowed her to discover the vineyard's best qualities and how to enhance its classic character. She helped guide the vineyard’s care by providing mushroom compost to reinvigorate growth. She experimented with different techniques in the winery to intensify the its best attributes – extended cold soaking, whole-cluster inclusion and different barrel regimes.
The beautiful 2014 growing season produced a lovely wine, fragrant with cherry blossoms, cherry cola, fresh Queen Anne and juicy Rainier cherries, as well as cordial cherries – a virtual symphony of cerise. Side notes of Tizana tea, red raspberry and currants join the chorus, adding layers of depth and complexity. Dark, subtle oak frames the luscious fruit with cardamom, vanilla bean, caramel and mocha. A generous, sweet complement of 80 percent new French oak amplifies the underlying grape tannins, creating soft full tannins across the entire palate.
"Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers an earthy nose of underbrush, moss, dusty soil and truffles over notes of crushed Bing cherries and cranberries, plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium-bodied, elegant and fresh in the mouth, the red berry and earth flavors are well-supported by chewy tannins and give a nice long finish." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 28, 2017
"This is from one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the area, owned and farmed by Bob Pellegrini, and a place that has provided grapes for Edwards since the 1980s. Spicy pine and cardamom greet the nose and palate, as silky smooth layers of rose and wild strawberry meet cardamon and vanilla. Medium-bodied, it remains complex and balanced as it develops additional nuance in the glass." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2017
"The Olivet Lane is always one of Merry’s most complex Pinots, and the 2014 is no exception. This wine shows layered red fruits and spice, with a note of black tea and exquisite flesh and richness for a wine with such firm tannins. This is a wine that will improve in the cellar. Peak maturity likely won’t arrive for another three to five years, so a bit of patience is in order." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 21, 2017