Only our second release of this limited production, the 2018 Olivet Lane Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay exemplifies pure, unadulterated Chardonnay. Coriander seeds, lemon zest, persimmon, and candied ginger fill the bouquet. An abundance of minerality in the mouth is accompanied by Pink Lady apples, kiwi, tangerine, Ruby Red grapefruit and subtle hints of fresh thyme.
Drink this wine soon to enjoy its youthful exuberance or lay it down for up to 6 years to allow nuttier secondary flavors to develop.
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.
Food Pairing Notes
Spring rolls with satay sauce, ceviche, roasted chicken, cauliflower gratin