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Merry Edwards – Chardonnay Olivet Lane

United States
California
Wine
White

The Facts

Origins United States > California > Russian River Valley

Appellation Russian River Valley

Varietal Chardonnay

Cepage 100% Chardonnay

Winemaking Nine months aging in French oak with lees-stirring done twice weekly. This builds the underlying fruit concentration.

Serendipity Markets Texas

The Character

Tasting Notes This golden, straw-colored wine offers up appealing aromas of crème brûlée, citrus blossom and vanilla bean, as well as Asian pear, pineapple and golden delicious apple. In the mouth, it’s viscous and rich with well-integrated oak and perfect underpinnings of acidity. Delightful lemon meringue, lightly toasted almonds, orange zest and floral notes linger throughout the lengthy finish.

Overall Golden, straw-colored wine

Mouthfeel Viscous and rich with well-integrated oak

Aromas Crème brûlée, citrus blossom and vanilla bean, as well as Asian pear, pineapple and golden apple.

Selling Point Deliciously complex, fruity white wine

Pairings Crab dip makes a sumptuous appetizer pairing.

Awards 93 Wine Enthusiast (2017), 92 Jeb Dunnuck (2017), 90 Wine Spectator (2017)

Sustainability Certified Sustainable t

The Story

Merry Edwards approaches life with graceful intensity. Now in the fifth decade of her winemaking career, Merry has earned the universal respect of winemaking peers, grape growers and academicians.

At home in the Russian River Valley since 1977, Merry Edwards has explored its hills, pockets, slopes and hollows, discovering small sites where choosing the right rootstock, clone and farming techniques can produce exceptional grapes. This led her in 1996 to purchase land in the Sebastopol Hills region of Russian River Valley.

Olivet Lane estate has been a source of luscious Chardonnay for many years. The Pellegrini family converted the apple and plum orchards that were on the site to the Wente clone in 1975. This history makes it a true heritage vineyard here in Russian River Valley. The long, cool growing season found in the Santa Rosa Plain, where the vineyard is located, allows the grapes to reach their full-flavored potential — the 2017 vintage is an excellent example!

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Brand Story

As one of California’s first women winemakers, Merry began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in 1974. At home in the Russian River Valley since 1977, Merry Edwards has explored its hills, pockets, slopes & hollows, discovering small sites where choosing the right rootstock, clone & farming techniques can produce exceptional grapes. This led her in 1996 to purchase land in the Sebastopol Hills. In 2019, Maison Louis Roederer acquired the Merry Edwards Winery. Frédéric Rouzaud, owner & President, is focused on ensuring continuity & adhering to the core values by which both wineries are connected: producing wines emblematic of their terroirs, all the while pushing the boundaries of land stewardship.


Brand Story

As one of California’s first women winemakers, Merry began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in 1974. At home in the Russian River Valley since 1977, Merry Edwards has explored its hills, pockets, slopes & hollows, discovering small sites where choosing the right rootstock, clone & farming techniques can produce exceptional grapes. This led her in 1996 to purchase land in the Sebastopol Hills. In 2019, Maison Louis Roederer acquired the Merry Edwards Winery. Frédéric Rouzaud, owner & President, is focused on ensuring continuity & adhering to the core values by which both wineries are connected: producing wines emblematic of their terroirs, all the while pushing the boundaries of land stewardship.

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