II. La Bionda - Blanc de Blancs
Russian River Valley
September 9, 2019
9 months in stainless steel tank, 33 months tirage
Tiraged July 14, 2020, Disgorged May 4, 2023
Our second Olivet Lane Sparkling release, II. La Bionda, is a Blanc de Blancs — 100% Chardonnay. Scents of pear, cantaloupe, and meyer lemon rind are harmonized by fresh baked croissant. Bright acid greets the tip of the tongue with tones of key lime curd, honey crisp apples, and lychee. The long soft textured finish brings with it whisps of graham cracker.
The Olivet Lane Vineyard, named for the mature olive trees lining the entrance, was planted by the Pellegrini family in 1975. 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.
Our Estate Chardonnay grapes were picked at around 20 to 21 brix for this wine, and pressed entirely using a champagne-style press program to best suit the fruit. Stabulation and fermentation take place in tank, in a manner very similar to our Rose program. After fermentation, the wine was allowed to further age in tank in order to help with maturation of flavors before tirage. Tirage occurred on July 14, 2020, at which time the wine was laid down in bottle until it’s disgorgement in May 2023. Dosage was settled on at 0.5g/L, which was only possible due to its long tirage time. 2021 Olivet Lane Chardonnay (0.67%) was used as the vehicle for the dosage.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled fingerling potatoes with white miso butter glaze. Fried shrimp.