Some will critique this Pinot Noir as being too big and extracted, and lacking delicacy. But Olivet Lane Pinots are seldom delicate. You look for massive fruit and elaborate construction, and that’s what you find in this fabulously exotic wine. It’s a beauty, rich, dense and opulent, with complex cherry, rose petal, dark chocolate and new oak flavors, wrapped into firm, refined tannins. Just gorgeous now, with a few hours of decanting, but it will easily develop bottle nuances for a good eight years. *Cellar Selection*
Ever so slightly pulled back in ripeness relative to its cellarmates, this supple yet solid young Pinot Noir smacks of cherries and mixed berries with a nice note of oak sweetening its way. It medium-full-bodied, slightly rounded in feel and a bit more sparing in evident tannin, but it, too, shows the fine balance and firm structure to age famously, and there is no doubt that more layering and complexity will emerge over the next several years. *Two Stars*
This is the 25th vintage Merry Edwards has made from the Pellegrini family’s vineyard south of River Road between Santa Rosa and Forestville. The wine defines her style of pinot noir: Plump and voluptuous, with meaty cherry fruit richness, supple tannins and a lasting sense of velvet. There’s a floral hint to this vintage, brightening the dark tone of the fruit. Play its ripe cherry flavors off roast duck.
A very deliberate style, lean, pure, crisp, tangy and flinty, with snappy wild berry and raspberry notes. Full-bodied, intense, tight and focused, this is most expansive on the finish where the flavors fan out nicely. (JL)
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