Pellegrini Wine Company: Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This is our first acquaintance with the wines of Pellegrini, a family owned and operated wine company which began operations in Sonoma County after Prohibition.  In 1973 the family purchased a 70 acre plum and apple orchard on West Olivet Road in Russian River Valley that became the estate’s Olivet Lane Vineyard.  Olivet Lane has been the source of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes for some of Russian River Valley’s finest wineries and for its own label.

Pallegrini wines have been ably crafted by winemaker Lynn Krausmann since 2013.  Lynn earned her enology degree from the University of California at Davis. Prior to joining Pellegrini she made wine at Esterlina Vineyard, Williams Selyem, and Clos du Bois.

The wines reviewed here are sourced from Pellegrini’s own Olivet Lane Vineyard and neighboring vineyards.  They are beautifully balanced and reveal considerable elegance and refinement. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to review them for our readers.

Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc

Pelligrini 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Olivet Lane Vineyard Bennett Valley ($22) 88  The Sauvignon Blanc Olivet Lane displays a pale yellow color with aromas of gooseberry and citrus. It is rich in the mouth with flavors of citrus and green apple. It is crisp, dry and tart on the finish. Pelligrini 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay Russian River Valley ($24) 91  One of the better unoaked Chardonnays tasted from California this year. It displays aromas and flavors of orchard fruit and a crisp, rich and creamy mouth feel and a long, dry finish, Pelligrini 2014 Chardonnay Olivet Vineyard Russian River Valley ($45) 91 The Chardonnay Olivet Lane Vineyard exhibits a ripe yellow gold and offers delicious flavors of tropical fruit and hints of toasted oak. A delicious wine, it displays perfect balance of rich fruit and high quality oak.. A wine of considerable elegance.

Pinot Noir

Pelligrini 2014 Pinot Noir Toboni Vineyard Russian River Valley ($50) 91   The Pinot Noir Toboni Vineyard offers aromas of dark cherry and dried herbs.  It has a firm structure and rich extract on the finish.  This is a complex but youthful wine that need time to open up.   Pelligrini 2014 Pinot Noir Hurst Vineyard Russian River Valley ($50) 90+  This Pinot Noir offers a ripe dark candied cherry nose with a touch of oak. It is soft on the palate with, good density of flavor, good acidity and overall balance. Very pleasant drinking. Pelligrini 2014 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley ($65) 91  This is a nicely balanced Pinot Noir with good acidity and overall freshness. It offers aromas and flavors of cherry and pomegranate, good intensity of flavor, and a long finish.

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