I am delighted to be able to share with you another resplendent vintage of Chardonnay from Olivet Lane. This heritage property is located on a benchland overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Over 40-plus years, the deep, gravelly loam soils here have nurtured vines developing large trunks and deep roots. Sadly, its AxR rootstock is gradually succumbing to phylloxera, with fewer canes bearing precious fruit each year.
Flaxen, with flecks of white gold, even the color of this wine is regal. The aroma is inviting, multifaceted and bright. Floral scents of honeysuckle, lemon verbena, cherry blossoms and white roses are interlaced with creamy lemon custard, tarte tatin and crème brûlée. Layers of ripe nectarine, peach, yellow raspberry and pink lady apple add a full-fruited dimension.
The palate is rich and full on the entry, showing fig, mandarin orange and papaya. Balanced with bright, lively acidity, the mouthfeel created is classic Russian River Valley through and through. The finale is a long, lingering finish, accented with a touch of hazelnut and vanilla.
For Christmas Eve dinner 2015, I came up with a new dish to replace our traditional crab feast – Lobster Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce.
This Chardonnay was a luscious pairing counterpoising the rich lobster with the wine’s bright minerality. For a side, we had freshly harvested, steamed broccoli from our garden, along with my Mom’s Angel Biscuits
. You may find this new creation along with other family recipes on our website at http://www.merryedwards.com
"It turns out the Queen of Pinot Noir has an equally deft touch with Chardonnay. Merry's 2013 vintage from her favorite vineyard (my presumption) is at once exotic and the epitome of nuanced complexity. Take a sip now and you might pick up floral and spice notes. A second later perhaps tropical fruit and citrus, even lemon creme, with a slightly oily presence on the palate and remarkable length in the mouth. A truly extraordinary California Chardonnay that is packed with flavor and exquisitely balanced."
Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 17, 2017
"From a vineyard site long tapped by both this producer and others, this beautifully crafted white is rich in a swirl of apple pie, fig and anise aromas and offers a voluptuous texture and mouthfeel. That concentration is complemented by crisp acidity, allowing for both balance and complexity."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017
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Lobster Risotto with Creamy Tomato Sauce
In Sonoma County, there was no winter crab harvest in 2015. So for Christmas Eve dinner, Merry created this new dish to replace her family's traditional crab pasta feast.
Merry's version of Tuscan Chicken, inspired by Sun Valley, Idaho, Chef Cristina Ceccatelli, is a delightful main course to pair with our Olivet Lane Chardonnay.
Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast
Kim and Shaun Gameroz of Irvine, California, won a magnum of Olivet Lane Chardonnay for this yummy creation.
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