It is with great excitement that we present our inaugural release of Olivet Lane Unoaked Chardonnay. We harvested this new release from the rows just east of the location of our iconic Olivet Lane Chardonnay. This wine’s bouquet erupts with aromas of peach, pear, apricot and Rainier cherry and accented by Kaffir lime leaf and a bounty of floral tones. On the tongue, Honeydew melon and kiwi provide a platform of brilliant notes of lemon verbena, tangerine and Granny Smith apple to jump from. The ample texture and palate-weight work to tame all of its bright and boisterous flavors of this limited-production, estate grown Chardonnay.
The Olivet Lane Vineyard, named for the mature olive trees lining the entrance, has been faithfully tended by Robert Pellegrini for over 40 years. Originally an apple and plum orchard, the 70-acre property on West Olivet Road in Santa Rosa was purchased by the Pellegrini family in 1973. This prime Russian River Valley property was converted to vineyard in 1975 with the planting of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Approximately two-thirds of the vineyard’s 58 planted acres are dedicated to the Wente selection of Chardonnay. The Olivet Lane Vineyard is situated in the heart of the Russian River Valley’s low-lying Laguna de Santa Rosa Plain region, distinguished by the maritime fog influence sweeping up from the Pacific through the Petaluma Gap to the South. The cool climate extends the growing season, creating the opportunity for the grapes to ripen slowly and reach their full flavor potential while retaining their natural acidity, producing wines that are elegant and age-worthy.