The 2014 Olivet Lane Chardonnay is highly expressive on the nose with notes of white flowers, yellow apple, fresh pineapple, and tangerine pith that seem to leap from […]Read More
|22% new, 17% 1 yr., 13% 2yr., 48% 3+ yr.
The 2014 Olivet Lane Chardonnay is highly expressive on the nose with notes of white flowers, yellow apple, fresh pineapple, and tangerine pith that seem to leap from the glass. The depth of the wine is accentuated with savory elements of pencil lead, and a waxy, lanolin-like element. The flavors build on the palate with Meyer lemon and apple pie spices leavened with a starfruit back note. The acidity is seamlessly integrated and carries notes of minerals and gravel to the elegant finish. The structure of this wine lends itself to aging or can be enjoyed now with your favorite mushroom risotto recipe.
Continuing the string of great vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of extremely high quality growing seasons. The 2014s exhibit a great purity of place, with generous fruit and elegant textures. The 2014 growing season started out as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of normal rainfall by mid-season. Due to the extremely dry conditions over the winter months, many of the vineyards were irrigated in December and January to ensure the vines had enough moisture, effectively mimicking winter rainfall. It was another early bud break season; almost 14 days earlier than “normal.” When rain in early April finally appeared it helped replenish the soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants and boost growth. May brought flowering, as expected, and fruit set was bountiful overall for a third straight year. The harvest season was near perfect with warm temperatures, which allowed for a leisurely picking schedule. 2014 was a wonderful growing season that has yielded another fine set of wines that speak of the place. In short, 2014 is another superb vintage of compelling nature and should allow for long-range cellaring for those to choose to age their wines for 7- 10 years.