2012 Merry Edwards "Olivet Lane" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* A beautifully complex, spicy and elegant range of both red and dark pinot fruit is nuanced by background wisps of sandalwood and floral hints. The sleek and wonderfully textured medium weight flavors possess a velvety mouth feel before culminating in a dusty, firm and strikingly long and complex finale. This is lovely and built to age.
Wispy top notes of dried brush and bark are gradually countered by slow-to-emerge, red cherry fruit in the nose and the flavors that follow with quite solid, somewhat compact, young fruit taking its time in coming to the fore. The wine is blends fleshy texture and fairly tight structure, as Olivet Lane Pinots are wont to do, but there is no lack of fruity solidity here, and it has the depth and focus to grow with cellaring and can be set aside for a few years with complete confidence that its future is bright and assured.
From a longstanding source of primo grapes, this Olivet Lane Pinot sings in floral rose and violet while offering damp earth, subtle hints of black raspberry and striking acidity. With well-integrated oak and softly layered tannins, it’s on the lighter side of the producer’s line-up of wines, building up steam as it goes.
Crushed flowers, dried red cherries, white pepper and savory herbs are some of the signatures in the 2012 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane. This is another of the more delicate, floral wines in the range, but there is good juiciness throughout. The 2012 turns more delicate on the finish, where there is a slight element of dryness in the tannin. The Olivet Lane is quite pretty, even if it doesn't quite have the mid-palate richness and overall raciness of the best wines in this range.
Firm, with a dusty-earthy edge to the dried berry, herb and sage notes. Gains depth and ends with persistence, revealing gripping tannins. Drink now through 2022. (Web-2015)