2015 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir
Olivet Lane Vineyard continues its reign as a standard-bearer for Russian River Pinot Noirs. The Martini selection grown on AxR rootstock brings to life a heritage style, which was ubiquitous in times past but rarely exists today. In our portfolio, it’s one of a kind and irreplaceable as an elegant treasure from this rare old vineyard in its fifth decade. The vines are now fast approaching the end of their lifespan, so we cherish each vintage as if it were the last.
In this aroma, one can luxuriate in a fragrance of baked cherry pie, crushed violets, Bing cherry jam, ripe black plums and Queen Anne cherry compote. The senses are equally flooded with scents of dried rose petals, currants and cherry eau de vie. Hints of caramelized brown sugar, toasty oak, new leather and clean mulch add complex, savory accents. On the palate, the tannins are rich and silky while the classic acid balance needed for long-term aging is very present. The sustained, sleek finish reveals blood orange, anise and black tea.
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers up intense red currants and warm red cherries notions with suggestions of baking spices, lavender, bay leaves and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, it has a lovely, plush frame and plenty of juicy red and black fruits, finishing long and perfumed." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018
"The 2015 is a powerful wine with broad shoulders and layered richness. The most darkly fruited of all her Pinots, this Olivet Lane is built for the long haul. Its core is concentrated dark cherry deliciousness. There is an earthy note and plenty of wood spice, with a touch of mocha lurking in the background. One of Merry's best from her signature Pinot Noir vineyard. While drinkable now, I would prefer to lay it down and wait another three to five years before serving. This remarkable wine will only improve with additional bottle age." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018
93 points / Editors' Choice
"This is a soft, velvety and lush wine, with bold, beautiful highlights of cranberry, orange and dark cherry. Medium in weight, it dances along a tightrope of fresh, focused acidity and savory black tea. The vineyard is planted with older vines that won’t last forever, and the winemaker treats each vintage as if it might be its last." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2018