Pellegrini Family Wines
2009 Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
For more than 100 years, the Pellegrini family has been involved in winemaking - first in Italy and now, two generations later, in America. Founded in the 1970s by owner and winemaker John Pellegrini, the winery’s inaugural release was the first vintage of today’s very special wine.
We are very proud to present this heritage-rich 2009 Pellegrini Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Chardonnay, a wine that was declared to be the best white wine of our most recent tasting panel. All of us really loved the balance that we found in the wine. It was simultaneously complex and refreshing, a seeming paradoxical combination for many Chardonnays. This wine manages to be crisp and bright without sacrificing any richness of flavor or mouthfeel.
This wonderful and very highly recommended wine is drinking beautifully now, and we think that it will maintain its appeal for even a few more years. Quantity is very limited, so please accept our apology if you miss out.
Rich yellow from core to edge. After spinning the wine, it settles quickly - but keeps spinning at the center.
Rich and complex with lovely citrus, lime flower, acacia, orange blossom, clementine and river rock. As the wine warms, it reveals kumquat, pineapple, toasty vanilla, baked apple, caramel and dessert spices.
Fresh green apple and pear lead the way, soon joined by bright lemon zest, lime leaf, and pineapple. As the wine comes up to room temperature, it unveils toasty vanilla, brioche and limestone.
An extended finish that is silky and complex, particularly as the wine warms slightly.
This wine would be incredible with a salad of beets, goat cheese and fennel shavings.
What the Winery Says
This wine has classic Russian River notes of mineral and Golden Delicious apple evolving into hints of roasted bread. The mouth is rich and full-bodies with firm acidity, and the lingering finish is long and seamless. This wine is tasting great now and will develop an outstanding bottle bouquet in the next three to six years.
The Chardonnay grapes for this wine were harvested from the long rows in the west block of Olivet Lane. This area is on a vertical trellis, and numerous hours are spent throughout the season in shoot positioning, hand leafing, and cluster thinning - all key elements in producing quality fruit and flavor development.
- Robert Pellegrini
- 14 Months in French Oak
About the Winery
Pellegrini Wine Company is a family-owned business that has been growing grapes and producing wine in Sonoma County, California, for four generations. The Pellegrini family name has been associated with every tier of the wine business since the early part of the 20th Century, from grape sellers to a wholesale wine distribution company. The story of Olivet Lane & Pellegrini wines, as we know them today, starts with a spark in the family’s third generation. Robert Pellegrini, under the urging of his grandfather & an epiphany he had while traveling through vineyards in Beaune, France, set out to establish a new family vineyard.
Today, Olivet Lane is home to Pellegrini Wine Company’s state-of-the-art Tuscan styled winery, which opened its doors in 2001. We produce small lot wines from our estate grown grapes, as well as select vineyards in the region. Quality & unadorned terroir is of our utmost priority in every bottle.
Winemaker Lynn Krausmann
As Pellegrini’s Winemaker, Lynn brings wealth of experience and knowledge, reflecting a winemaking career spanning more than two and a half decades. A highly motivated, creative winemaker, she has a firm commitment to excellence.
Prior to joining Pellegrini Wine Company in 2013, Lynn was Winemaker for Esterlina Vineyards for three years, and Williams Selyem for the preceding six years. Her previous experience includes Winemaker for Clos du Bois Wines and Assistant Winemaker for Freemark Abbey, as well as vintage experience at Robert Mondavi winery and Cloudy Bay Wines, New Zealand.
Lynn received her Enology degree from the University of California at Davis. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, Wisconsin. Lynn considers it a sincere honor to work with Robert Pellegrini as her mentor and a privilege to craft wines from the extraordinary fruit of the Olivet Lane Vineyard.
Olivet Lane vineyard was one of the first Pinot Noir estates in the Russian River Valley, and over the years has been the grape source for many of the Valley’s Pinot Noir luminaries — Williams Selyem, Merry Edwards, Gary Farrell, Darioush — in addition to our own award-winning Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production.
Named for the mature olive trees lining the entrance, the Olivet Lane Vineyard features heritage plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which are valued as a source for some of the appellation’s most acclaimed wines. Approximately two-thirds of the vineyard’s 58 planted acres are dedicated to the Wente selection of Chardonnay, with the balance planted to the Martini selection of Pinot Noir, a clone now considered as an “heirloom” clone.
The Olivet Lane Vineyard is situated in the heart of the Russian River Valley, distinguished by the maritime fog influence sweeping up from the Pacific through the Petaluma Gap to the South. Located just east and above the low-lying Laguna de Santa Rosa plain region, the Olivet Lane Vineyard features an undulating benchland of well-drained, gravelly, clay loam soil.
The fog that defines our growing region lingers in our neighborhood, protecting it under a cool white blanket from evening through the morning. These long, cool nights extend the growing season, creating the opportunity for the grapes to ripen slowly and reach their full flavor potential while retaining their natural acidity, producing wines that are elegant and age-worthy.