Pellegrini Wine Co. Olivet Lane Estate Pinot Noir 2017 (Russian River Valley, California) - [JK 93] [CC 92]
Pellegrini Wine Co. Olivet Lane Estate Pinot Noir 2017 (Russian River Valley, California) - [JK 93] [CC 92]
Pellegrini Wine Co. Olivet Lane Estate Pinot Noir 2017 (Russian River Valley, California) - [JK 93] [CC 92]

Pellegrini Wine Co. Olivet Lane Estate Pinot Noir 2017
(Russian River Valley, California) - [JK 93] [CC 92]


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The Oldest Vines in the Russian River Valley: Olivet Lane Vineyard

The Pellegrinis have been involved in the Russian River Valley wine biz since the earliest part of the 20th century starting when Nello Pellegrini arrived in Santa Rosa from Lucca back in 1915. Being Italian, he began making wine, in his San Francisco home and then, in 1925, using fruit he bought in Sonoma County, he built a facility in the city to ship wine grapes around the country for home winemaking. 

Operating under Winery License No. 4 since the repeal of Prohibition, the Pellegrini family of Sonoma has Pinot Noir vines that are about to mark their 50th birthday. The oldest in the Russian River Valley, the Olivet Lane Vineyard's vines show up as single vineyard designates on many prestigious producers' labels: Williams Selyem, Merry Edwards, MacRostie and Gary Farrell among them.

The subsequent generation of Pellegrinis went on to purchase a prune orchard on West Olivet Road in 1972 and planted it to heirloom clone Martini and Wente Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 1975, making the Pellegrini-Olivet Lane vineyard one of the oldest of its kind in the Russian River Valley. The wines, while commercially successful, truly gained in prominence and stature once neighbor Merry Edwards began making the wines and for years the wines we called Olivet Lane Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were two of the best values in the region. Merry left Pellegrini when she started her eponymous winery nearby but left the Pellegrinis in very good hands, those of fourth generation Pellegrini Alexia and winemaker Charlie Fauroat, a veteran of such places as DuMOL and Williams-Selyem.

The style here has always been more laid back with wines that emphasize balance over power and the 2017 we just received are archetypical Olivet Lane wines. The Estate Pinot Noir is special. Black plums and red cherries are buttressed by a bit of pomegranate and a bevy of spices like cinnamon and clove making this a complete Pinot that, at six years past harvest, has really come into its own. Fresh, lively and perfectly mature, this classic Russian River Pinot Noir is ready for your next platter of lamb chops or steaks off the grill. And do keep back a few bottles. Bottles of Olivet Lane from the late 70s and 80s are still drinking well!

Aging: 18 months French oak, 30% new
Alcohol: 13.9%

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Jeff Kralik:
"Retail $65. Under cork. I packed up a bunch of samples from Pellegrini to take with us on our trip to California for a few days of riding with our good friends. Sure, there were plenty of bubbles and a few other Chards (in addition to the two from Pellegrini), but this was the only Pinot Noir. And it was stellar. Fairly light in color (even for a Pinot), but heavy in aromas with black cherry, considerable earth, and just a hint of eucalyptus. Yowza. I go through a ton of Pinot, and I would have to place this near the top. Whoa." (3/13/22)

92 Points - Christy Canterbury, MW
"Rambunctious with wild red fruit flavors, this zippy Pinot Noir is still impressively youthful with pomegranate and blueberry swirling across the nose and palate. Robust in body, the wine shows a spirited, acidic tang and well-tamed tannins. There is a good, leathery length, too. This is 100% Martini clone fruit that sees 18 months of aging in French oak barrels, 30% new."