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Merry Edwards Wines

2017 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

We are pleased to offer yet another wonderful vintage from this heritage vineyard that is nestled in the deep, loamy soils of the Santa Rosa Plain. Originally planted in 1973 to the Martini clone, it stands as a prime example of the classic, elegant, nuanced style of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Under the guidance of Bob Pellegrini’s daughter Alexia, the vineyard is being gradually replanted, using budwood gathered from the property in order to maintain its distinctive character.
This is an exceptional, standout vintage from Olivet Lane vineyard. Its forward aroma is plush with cherry, berry cordial and black currant jam, all wrapped in a sumptuous coat of rich, toasty oak. Sidelights of perfumed rose petals, sweet vanilla and milk chocolate act as a counterpoint to its fruit-forward core.
On the expressive palate, bright underpinnings of acidity help accentuate and unfold the deeply layered fruit. Fine tannins create a lush mouthfeel. The parting impression we have of this Pinot is that of a dark-chocolate-covered cherry filled with liqueur. Take the time to linger over this wine — it has much to reveal!
Our longtime tasting host Lori Myers has created Potato Leek Soup 2 Ways. This versatile recipe can be served simply as a satisfying soup. If a variety of seafood is added to the base soup, it becomes a complete entrée. Just add some crusty French bread and a green salad to fill out the meal. Enjoy!

Critical Acclaim

95 points
"Generous and delicious, this is a tannic, boldly structured and beautifully brawny wine, rich in wild cherry and brambly blackberry. Toasted oak, orange and spicy nutmeg accent a luxurious mouthfeel on the midpalate before an unctuous wave of cocoa powder takes hold on the long finish."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2019
94 points
“The 2017 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers more spicy oak as well as solid black cherry, caramelized raspberries, and graphite aromas and flavors. It’s beautifully balanced on the palate, with good midpalate depth and building tannins, as well as good acidity. It’s a young, tight 2017 that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and should last for over a decade.”
Jeb Dunnuck,, June 2019
95 points
"Rich black cherry echoes on both the nose and palate. With a smooth texture and hints of toasty oak, this tribute to a justly famous vineyard is a typical Merry Edwards masterwork."
Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle, May 2019


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This versatile recipe can be served simply as a satisfying soup. If a variety of seafood is added to the base soup, it becomes a complete entrée.
Merry's good friend Andy Quady produces Vya, a special vermouth infused with botanical herbs. Pairs well with our Olivet Lane Pinot Noir
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.

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Release Card

2017 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir