Second carbonic wine for our winery & favorite, the 2020 Olivet Lane Nouveau of Pinot Noir is feral and brambly on the nose, highlighted with fennel pollen and carraway. After originally being immersed in strawberry shortcake, the second sip reveals undertones of sour cherry and thyme. Grape stem shows prominently on the finish, harmonizing with the light pleasant tannins. A fun summertime wine, serve chilled.
The Olivet Lane Vineyard, named for the mature olive trees lining the entrance, has been faithfully tended by the Pellegrini family for over 40 years. This prime Russian River Valley property is now expertly managed by 4th generation, Alexia Pellegrini. Approximately 20 of the 58 acres are planted singularly to the Martini selection of Pinot Noir, a clone now considered as an “heirloom” clone.. 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.
An intense frost season, followed by spring rains during flowering left the crop at Olivet Lane a little light compared to recent past vintages. As with many things, a lighter density of fruit provides ample opportunity for increased density of flavors. Summer was hot and full of sun, providing spectacular tannin development.
Grapes for this wine we have been specifically chosen from areas of our Olivet Lane Estate with the perfect balance of grape and stem maturation. They were hand sorted directly into 1 Ton fermentation bins, layering in dry ice during the sorting process. Post sort, the only treatment the bins received was a bag of dry ice hung above it three times a day to promote an absolutely anaerobic environment. After 15 to 21 days of carbonic maceration, the grapes were pressed to a portable tank, where the remainder of fermentation finished natively.
Food Pairing Notes
Cheese and meat platter, especially with mortadella and a younger swiss cheese. Alternatively, watermelon salad with feta, mint and cilantro.