Merry Edwards Wines

2014 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

Olivet Lane is one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in Russian River Valley. Born some 40 years ago, it has been my honor to make her wines since the early ’80s. As a result, both the property and her owner, Bob Pellegrini, are old friends of mine. Over the years, this intimate relationship has allowed me to discover her best qualities and how to enhance her classic character. I have helped guide the vineyard’s care by providing mushroom compost to reinvigorate growth. I have experimented with different techniques in the winery to intensify her 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.
My old friend and renowned Chef John Ash created a formal course at a recent fundraiser for Homeward Bound of Marin that goes beautifully with this Pinot Noir. He prepared Pan-Roasted Salmon with Herb Butter and Beggar’s Purse of Maitake Mushrooms as a sumptuous pairing. The earthy flavors of both these dishes set off and contrast with the fresh, full-fruited qualities of our Olivet Lane. John will be awarded a signed magnum of this wine for his winning entry in our recipe contest. You may find this winner and more on our Recipe Page at

Critical Acclaim

91 points / Very highly recommended
"Medium-light to medium ruby; forward, assertive, deep, cherry fruit aroma with notes of clove and forest floor, and a hint of milk chocolate; medium-full body; deep, rich, layered, red fruit flavors; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A bit rough and youthful at present, needing several more years of bottle aging."
California Grapevine, December 2016

"A classic Russian River Pinot Noir. It is intense and complex in character (cherry, kola nut, clove, rosehips, vanilla, red currant, blueberry, nutmeg), supple in texture, very long on the palate, and harmonious and persistent on the finish."
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

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Grilled Wild Sockeye Salmon & Scallop Beggars Purse
by Chef Christopher Pope

Shiitake Frittata
Pairs well with all of Merry's pinots, but is particularly good with Olivet Lane!

Love Rub Liberty Duck
One of Merry's favorite pairings for the Olivet Lane Pinot Noir is the flavorful Liberty Duck locally grown here in Sonoma County by fourth-generation duck farmer Jim Reichardt. His classic preparation uses his original Love Rub.

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Winemaker Notes

2014 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir