2007 Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1053527

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The vintage was great, the vineyard is in a great part of the valley, and the wine is wonderful. It’s ultrarich in tropical fruit, buttered toast, buttercream and spice flavors, but perfectly balanced with acidity and minerals." (12/09) The 2007 Olivet Lane Chardonnay is a lovely expression of Russian River Valley and this gem of a 32-year-old vineyard. Aromas of ripe Pippin apple and lemon zest are highlighted by notes of mineral and toasted bread. This particular growing season led way to a two-part harvest. The west end of the vineyard ripened early and provided bright apple and citrus notes. Then the weather cooled, and another two weeks passed before picking the balance. This later-picked fruit brought richness and complexity to the picture. The finished wine is crisp and elegant!

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/24/2010  | Send Email
I have long been a fan of Pelligrini Family Vineyards for the quality of their well-made, affordable wines. The Chardonnay produced from the Olivet Lane Vineyard in the Russian River Valley is no exception. Wonderfully rich but very well balanced with apple and pear notes and a hint of toasty oak. A great value at under $20.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/27/2010  | Send Email
Although I am not a huge fan of California Chardonnay's expression of tropical fruit, oak and butter I love to taste the more elegant Chardonnay's that are available. On the nose citrus and apple that carries through on the palate along with pear, mineral and spice. Still shows what California sunshine provides but with with a backbone of acidity and mineral. Very nice Chardonnay for only $20!

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/27/2010  | Send Email
All right, I'll admit it. And not just cause it's the cool, Euro-centric, wine geek, acid head thing to say. I'm just not a huge fan of California Chardonnays. There, I said it. But every so often I come across one and I'm like "Damn, that's not just a pleasure to taste, but I'd enjoy drinking a bottle of that." This is just such a wine. This Chard is light to medium bodied, with that quintessential yellow and green apple and slightly under ripe pear one gets from well grown Russian River fruit. The oak is restrained and well applied, with just a tiny kiss of vanilla and baking spice. And the extra year in the bottle has given it a lovely hint of butterscotch. The label says 14.1%, but it just doesn't feel heavy or overly rich. Just a really pretty wine to be enjoyed with some light fare or just on the porch with friends. CM

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/4/2010  | Send Email
This 2007 vintage possesses a citrus and mineral bouquet that reveals notes of pear, green apple, melon, honey and lightly toasted oak. On the palate the wine is lively and complex with flavors that include pear, fresh apple, limestone and butterscotch balanced with toasty oak. It has a long, expansive finish that ends with just the right amount of acidity to make this the perfect complement to many types of cuisine.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.