Some will critique this Pinot Noir as being too big and extracted, and lacking delicacy. But Olivet Lane Pinots are seldom delicate. You look for massive fruit and elaborate construction, and that’s what you find in this fabulously exotic wine. It’s a beauty, rich, dense and opulent, with complex cherry, rose petal, dark chocolate and new oak flavors, wrapped into…
The pedigree of this rich Pinot Noir is evident right away in the mouthfeel, offering a silky and satiny texture, brightened with citrusy acidity. The flavors immediately kick in with a solid wall of red cherries, licorice, persimmons, pomegranates and cola. An exciting, complex wine to drink now, and it should gather momentum over six years, maybe even longer.
Fabulous depth and complexity, from the lush cherry flavors to the rich, velvety texture to the long, fascinating finish. The fruit is wonderfully set off against smoky oak. It’s the kind of wine you’d drink at your last meal. —S.H.
A glorious success, for this or any vintage. It shows classic Russian River balance and refinement, with exquisitely ripe berry and stone fruit flavors counterbalanced with earthier mushroom and funky leather notes. The acids, tannins and silky mouthfeel are textbook Pinot. Best now–2012.
There’s tons of cherry, cola and licorice flavor in this vigorous young Pinot. It also shows an earthy streak of herbs and mushrooms, suggesting a sautéed Portobello splashed with balsamic. The result is complex and fascinating, yet vigorous tannins and keen acidity warrant time in the cellar. Give it through 2011.
This Chardonnay shows the ripe fruit and tangy acidity derived from this cool-climate vineyard. It bears tart apricot, orange and mineral flavors, balanced by oaky notes of vanilla and buttered toast. Drink now.
Tight and aloof now, showing brawny tannins that accentuate the dryness, and the oak has not yet been integrated. But this is clearly a very fine wine. It’s bone dry and silky and classically structured, with a deep, impressive core of berries and cola, as well as earthy, foresty mushrooms and balsam. Needs time. Give it a good six years in the cellar.
A firm, focused wine, with some tannic bite. Smoky, herb notes give way to black cherry, raspberry, anise and tea. Somewhat charry and bright on the end, yet still intriguing to the taste. This is a wine that should unfold nicely in the cellar.