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Tasting Olivet Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir

2006 Olivet Lane Vineyard Estate Bottled Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $36. · Bright crimson robe. Pleasing aromas of red Pinot fruits, especially Bing cherry, oak spice and vanilla. Cherry driven juicy flavors pushing ripeness to the edge with a hint of raisin and roasted fruit. Easy to drink with fine-grained tannins and a refreshingly clean finish.

2004 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $57. · Classic and classy Russian River Valley Pinot Noir profile featuring the triad of Bing cherries, cola and Asian spice. Restrained and demure, yet immensely satisfying with gossamer tannins and impeccable balance. This one hits all the right notes.

2005 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $60. · Deep ruby color. Nicely oaked, rich black cherry fruit highlighted with vanillin and spice, finishing with good persistence and leaving quite a bit of tannin in its wake.

2002 WesMar Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 185 cases, $35. · Intoxicating old wine bouquet featuring black raspberries, raisin, marzipan and lacquered wood. Roasted berries and raisin carry through on the palate with notes of brown sugar. Silky in texture with some unobtrusive tannin and a good acid spark on the finish. Charming and still pretty darn good, but should be drunk now.

2003 WesMar Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 162 cases, $35. · Intense perfume of cherry liquor with hints of oak, spice and smoke. Plush and generous on the palate but falls short of jammy, featuring dark cherry flavors, hints of cola and Asian spice, restrained tannins and a velvety texture. This wine has surrendered none of its fruit strength and complexity over time and has several good years ahead. A seductive wine of great charm.

2004 WesMar Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4%., 177 cases, $37. · Evocative Bing cherry and raspberry fruit with a sidecar of cardamon and cinnamon spice. Hi-toned and vivid with lively acidity and supple tannins. Light on its feet and impeccably balanced, this wine leaves a long, scented raspberry aroma on the finish. A little less fruit extraction than the 2003 vintage, but equally satisfying.

2005 WesMar Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 308 cases, $37. The final bottling from Olivet Lane for WesMar. · Dark reddish-purple color. Complex aromatic profile of dark red cherries, berries, baking spice, herbs, oak char and barnyard. Tasty dark red stone fruits with a burly, earthy edge. Nicely composed and balanced with mild ripe tannins and a citrus peel tang on the lively finish. Not the fruit intensity of the previous vintages and more in touch with the Olivet Lane Estate bottlings by Pellegrini.

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