Pellegrini Wine Company

Owner(s) Aida Pellegrini, Alexia Pellegrini, Bob Pellegrini
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Pellegrini Wine Company

Bob Pellegrini planted the now heritage Olivet Lane Vineyard on Olivet Road in the Russian River Valley in 1975. The vineyard is located on the Santa Rosa plain and is planted to 20 acres of Martini clone Pinot Noir and 40 acres of Wente clone Chardonnay. Arturo Robledo has managed the vineyard for over nine years.

The latest winemaker, Lynn Krusmann, joined Pellegrini in the summer of 2013. She has over twenty-five years of winemaking experience, having worked at Esterlina Vineyards for the prior three years and at Williams Selyem for six years before that. A University of California at Davis graduate, she also has mad wine at Clos du Bois, Freemark Abbey, Robert Mondavi Winery and Cloudy Bay Wines.

The winery, which is adjacent the Olivet Lane Vineyard, was designed by noted winemaker Merry Edwards and completed in 2001.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are bottled from the vineyard under the Pellegrini Wine Company label. The Pinot Noir is a consistently fine wine priced at or under $30 and offered on many restaurant lists. Chardonnay is offered in both an oaked and non-oaked version. A Reserve Chardonnay is labeled Olivet Lane Reserve Cuvée. The wines can be purchased on the website. The winery is open by appointment only.

Some Olivet Lane grapes go to Merry Edwards who has worked with the fruit from this vineyard for many years, and most recently, beginning with the 2010 vintage, grapes were used for a vineyard-designated Pinot Noir bottling by Williams Selyem, and Chardonnay was sold to Gary Farrell Winery & Vineyards.

Reviewed Wines

2011 Pellegrini Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.64, $30. Grapes were sourced from two vineyards in the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley AVA. 20% whole cluster, 4-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 11 months in 33% new French oak. · Moderately deep reddish purple color in the glass. The nose draws you in with aromas of cherry, cranberry and baking spices. Very bright, flavorful and appealing, with mid weight flavors of cherries, cola, sarsaparilla, and spice. Forwarddrinking and nicely balanced with submerged tannins and a moderately long and intense finish. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2009 Pellegrini Family Vineyards Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $28. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. A mix of red and black stone fruits and berries on the nose and palate with an underpinning of earth, anise and leaf, reflecting nicely this unique terroir and clonal combination. Soft in the mouth, finishing with a dry, mildly tannic finish. More enticing over time in the glass. Good (+). Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Pellegrini Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.93% alc., $28. 49% Occidental Road, 33% Burnside Road, 14% BCD and 4% Pierres vineyards. · Bright Bing cherry and fresh strawberry aromas with whiffs of oak and dark chocolate. Discreetly intense red cherry and red berry flavors with a slight confected (Red Vines), earthy, and dark chocolate undertone. Reserved, fine-grain tannins. Well-crafted, but only of moderate flavor interest. Decent (+). Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Olivet Lane Vineyard Estate Reserve Cuvée Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 168 cases, to be released in 2010. Packaged in a heavier, taller bottle which makes a statement. More new oak aging than the regular Estate bottling. · This is a more decadent version of the estate wine. The fruit intensity is ramped up on the nose offering a melange of dark red cherries and berries with a hint of spice and a subtle floral scent. Delicious red plum and black cherry flavors expand in the mouth, showing a mild firmness, density and chewiness, yet still retaining a silky sensuality. A very polished wine that is beautifully crafted and approachable now although patience will bring even more rewards. Definitely worth the reserve designation and the best Olivet Lane Vineyard Estate bottling to date. Score: 92. Reviewed October 3, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Olivet Lane Vineyard Pellegrini Family Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.48, 2,600 cases, $35, now released. Aged 16 months in 33% new French oak, mainly Francois Freres and Rousseau. · Moderately deep reddish-purple robe. Intoxicating nose right out of the bottle showing off bright Bing cherry, a hint of strawberry jam on toast and the faintest oak. The enticing medium-bodied core of red fruits are touched with citric peel and sweet oak. The wine flows like silk over the palate, offering vim and vigor from the refreshing acidity. Soft tannins make for easy current drinkability, but this can age. Score: 90. Reviewed October 3, 2009 ARTICLE »

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. Reviewed January 28, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Pellegrini Olivet Lane Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $36. 10% whole clusters placed with remainder of the de-stemmed fruit and lightly crushed. After a 3 day cold maceration, the vats were inoculated with a selected strain of yeast. Fermentation lasted 12 days with traditional hand punch downs. Aged 11 months in a combination of French and Eastern European oak, 33% new. · Sensuous aromatics featuring Bing cherry, anise, toast and strawberry. The core of red fruits is tasty and forward but elegant in presentation. The wine is supple in the mouth with pleasing persistence and has a refreshing acid lift on the finish. Impeccable balance. Ready to drink now, it will remain a really lovely wine over time. With a comfortable price point, this is one to buy by the case. Reviewed October 4, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Olivet Lane Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $30. · Pretty flashy, with aromas of earth, leather and spiced black cherries. Styled with finesse over fruit heaviness and great verve. So juicy and tasty you will want to “nibble” at it. Reviewed October 4, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Olivet Lane Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

$30. · This is a fine go-to Pinot Noir that is often priced several dollars less than suggested retail. The wine is not over-bearing or tiresome to drink and compliments food nicely. The cherry fruit is of great breeding and the ethereal style is appealing. Reviewed July 30, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

$30 Kevin loves working with Olivet Lane fruit for he says the wine makes itself; no tricks, additives, modifications required. 10% whole clusters used. Aged 11 months in French and Eastern European oak, 33% new. · This has been in bottle only a short time so will only get better. Still, it is pretty flashy already, with aromas of earth, leather, and spiced black cherries. This is a Pinot that has finesse over fruit heaviness and great verve and style. It is a little showier than the 2004. So juicy and tasty you want to ‘nibble’ at it. Reviewed November 26, 2006 ARTICLE »

2004 Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 2,900 cases, $24 · This Pinot has an attractive nose of herbs, cola, spice and cherries. Flavors of dried fruit, herbs and cherry-pie filling are linger on the finish which has plenty of zip and zing. As Mick Jagger would say, “It’s only Pinot Noir, but I like it!” Reviewed November 26, 2006 ARTICLE »