The deep and brooding nose suggests that there is clearly something exotic and alluring about the Olivet Lane Pinot Noir. Dried rose petals and black cherry co-mingle with […]Read More
|Barrel Description||65% new, 35% 1 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
The deep and brooding nose suggests that there is clearly something exotic and alluring about the Olivet Lane Pinot Noir. Dried rose petals and black cherry co-mingle with notes of allspice and lanolin. Mouth filling and rich at first sip, the texture expands on the palate with concentrated but finely polished tannins, showcasing the pedigree of the site. A wonderful mandarin orange and red raspberry aromatic, coupled with a floral note on the back end, adds a wonderful lift to this compelling offering. This wine should rest for a few years in order for it to reach its full potential.
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.