Our inaugural vintage, the 2020 Olivet Lane White Pinot Noir provides an entirely new take on Olivet Lane Pinot Noir. Red Anjou pear, vanilla, and tulips highlight on the nose, with undertones of sweet bubblegum. On the palate, baked apricot, nectarine, and cantaloupe stand out, accented by star anise and rosemary.
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. 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 a vineyard in 1975 with the planting of Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
The most crucial step in the production of white wines made from red grapes lay in the pressing decisions. Grapes for our Olivet Lane White Pinot were whole-cluster pressed, however, the free-run juice from the press was diverted to the Olivet Lane Rose program, along with all medium/heavy pressings. Often the free-run juice of a white pressing is comprised predominantly from the ripest berries being crushed under the weight of other fruit, and therefore brings with it some color and riper flavors. Much like with our Rose program, we stabulated the juice for this wine in order to settle out any red color and flavors which may have come along with what juice was included. Because of this, we were able to produce the brilliant light pale color seen in the bottle without the addition of any fining agents. This wine is barrel fermented in neutral French oak, with regular barrel stirring to encourage volume and mouthfeel. A traditionally Sauvignon Blanc yeast was utilized in order to impart better concentration stone fruit flavors.
Food Pairing Notes
Appetizer dishes, prosciutto-wrapped melon.