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Merry Edwards Wines

2016 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

I have been making Pinot from this vineyard since the mid-1980s, when I first met the owner, Bob Pellegrini. A decade later, I made his family’s first Olivet Lane Pinot Noir for his own brand. When we started the Merry Edwards brand in 1997, Bob offered me a small amount of grapes from the property, allowing me to make our first single-vineyard Pinot. It’s an honor to be part of his extended family, continuing to make wine from this heritage vineyard.

A complex, showy and exciting wine, its aroma is packed with baked cherry pie, dark blackberry jam and cherry cordial. Profuse scents of violet, lavender and red roses add elegance and depth. Savory hints of olive tapenade, cola, black pepper and rich French oak complete the portrait.

Sweet fruit expands warmly and aromatically on the palate. This Pinot is profoundly mouthwatering with richness that builds, balanced by classic Russian River Valley acidity — it begs to be paired with food.

For a special dinner, I created a sumptuous dish of Roasted Quail with Leek, Fig and Mushroom Stuffing to pair with my 1999 Olivet Lane. The combination of earthy ingredients sets off its full fruit aroma, while the wine’s full acidity counterbalances the richness of the dish. Serve with steamed fresh, tiny Nickel Filet green beans. As a first course, I made a salad of garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches and pears dressed with a light vinaigrette composed of rice wine, sherry vinegar and olive oil. If you don’t have a 1999 in your cellar, any vintage of Olivet Lane Pinot will go nicely!

Critical Acclaim

94 points
"Broadly fleshy and expansive on the palate, this is a lovely, powerful wine, spicy in forest pine and clove. Succulent on the midpalate, it offers an array of well-defined citrus and wild strawberry, with a lingering quality to the finish that impresses in rose petal and lavender."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018
91 points / Very highly recommended
"Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, forward, deep, red and black berry and cherry pie aroma with herbal and floral notes, and hints of damp earth, cola, and toasty oak; medium-full body; rich, textured, herbal, earthy, firmly structured, red and black fruit flavors with good depth, concentration, and acid balance, and a trace of sweet oak; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. While very approachable now, a slight roughness in the mouthfeel suggests the wine will benefit with several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."
Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, June 2018
90 points
"Tightly wound, with a mix of loamy earth and dried berry flavors amid sage and cedar notes. This doesn't move beyond that stage for now but time may help."
James Laube, Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2018


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For a special dinner, Merry created a sumptuous dish of Roasted Quail with Leek, Fig and Mushroom Stuffing to pair with her 1999 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir.
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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Release Card

2016 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir