2020 Olivet Lane Chardonnay
2020 Olivet Lane Chardonnay
Estate Grown & Bottled
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Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Olivet Lane Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 15 & 30, 2020
5.93 g/L
21 months in French Oak, 33% New
Bottling Date
July 27, 2022
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Elegant and rich, our 2020 Olivet Chardonnay emits notes of butterscotch, hazelnut, and mixed baking spices. The rich mouthfeel sits long on the tongue, with crème brule, and graham cracker buoyed by bright lemon curd and papaya.
Vineyard Notes
The Olivet Lane Vineyard is a heritage site, with the distinction of being among the earliest plantings of Pinot noir in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard was established in 1975 by the Pellegrini family, with 30 acres planted to heirloom clone Old Wente Chardonnay. The Olivet Lane Vineyard features an undulating benchland of well-drained, gravelly, clay loam soil. Located just east of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, the vineyard is situated in the heart of Russian River Valley Appellation. The fog that defines our growing region lingers in our low-elevation neighborhood, protecting it under a cool white blanket from evening through the morning. These long, cool nights retain natural acidity in the grapes and support the distinctive bright fruit character of the wines.
Winemaker Notes
The winemaking process for Olivet Lane Chardonnay involves meticulous attention to detail and gentle treatment to capture the fruit’s distinctive characters and develop exquisite volume and silkiness in the mouthfeel. The Olivet Lane Chardonnay grapes are hand-harvested at dawn under the cloak of morning coastal fog. Bins of cold Chardonnay clusters are transferred by tractor a few yards to the winery, hand-sorted then pressed whole to achieve optimal delicacy. Primary and malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with frequent lees stirring until the final months of motionless settling for clarity. The wine is aged in barrels sur lies for 21 months and receives a singular racking just prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Pork or chicken schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, braised apple and green cabbage, and mushroom gravy.