Sitting on prime benchland in the Santa Rosa Plain, Olivet Lane is one of ourappellation’s oldest Pinot Noir vineyards. The vines, over thirty years old, clearly conveythe dramatic flavor that is the hallmark of Russian River Pinot Noir - captivating blackcherry. This is my sixth consecutive vintage of Olivet Lane Pinot Noir, always a classic in my repertoire.
The ripe grapes have attractive, concentrated flavors, which I enhance usingMéthode à l’Ancienne, select techniques inspired by the traditions of Burgundianwinemaking. The grapes cold soak in small, open-top vessels, contributing richness andsmooth texture at the onset of vinification. During fermentation I punch down the capseveral times daily to extract fully the intense flavors from this legendary vineyard. Agingthe wine for ten months in seventy-five percent new French oak imparts a toasty accent tothe succulent cherry flavor.Elegant, with a pleasing touch of earthiness, this is a rich, alluring wine with a soft,luscious mouthfeel. Violets distinguish the inviting bouquet. The flavors expand, layersunfold and the finish lingers, forecasting a long life for this superbly integrated, silky PinotNoir. Pair this wine’s deep fruit character with salmon fillets grilled over apple wood.