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Merry Edwards Wines

2017 Chardonnay Olivet Lane

Winemaker's Comments

Olivet Lane estate has been a source of luscious Chardonnay for many years. The Pellegrini family converted the apple and plum orchards that were on the site to the Wente clone in 1975. This history makes it a true heritage vineyard here in Russian River Valley. The long, cool growing season found in the Santa Rosa Plain, where the vineyard is located, allows the grapes to reach their full-flavored potential -- the 2017 vintage is an excellent example!

This golden, straw-colored wine offers up appealing aromas of crème brûlée, citrus blossom and vanilla bean, as well as Asian pear, pineapple and golden delicious apple. In the mouth, it’s viscous and rich with well-integrated oak and perfect underpinnings of acidity. Delightful lemon meringue, lightly toasted almonds, orange zest and floral notes linger throughout the lengthy finish.

Crab is a perfect match for this rich, vibrant Chardonnay, especially with fresh-catch available here on the coast of Sonoma County. With crab season curtailed on and off over the past decade, Merry found she was unable to put on her family’s traditional holiday feast several years ago. As a delicious replacement, she came up with her own Lobster Risotto with Creamy Tomato Sauce. The Olivet Lane Chardonnay makes a luscious pairing, counterpoising the rich lobster with its bright minerality. You can find this recipe and many of Merry’s favorite dishes in the recipe section at

Critical Acclaim

93 points
"Edwards has worked with the Pellegrini family’s Olivet Lane fruit for years and it shows here, in this deliciously complex, fruity white wine. Golden-apple, pear, stone and lemon flavors highlight a high-toned and crisp palate  of nuanced acidity and floral aromatics, with a lasting hint of almond on the finish."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, August 2020
92 points
"The 2017 Chardonnay Olivet Lane is brilliant, offering loads of caramelized peach, toasted bread, honeyed minerality, and white flower-like aromas and flavors. With medium-bodied richness, a rounded, fleshy texture, good acidity, and a great finish, it’s another undeniably delicious, already approachable Chardonnay from this team. Drink it over the coming 3-5 years."
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020
"In defense of buttery Chardonnay: Fine examples of this much-maligned wine category"
"The savory, toasty, nutty aromas of this wine recall browned butter. Its texture is round and creamy, hinting at brioche and Werther’s Original candy, with a firm backbone holding it all together."
Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, April 30, 2020


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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.
The rich creaminess of this soup mirrors our Chardonnay's lavish character while setting off its vibrant acidity.

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2017 Chardonnay Olivet Lane