90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Pellegrini Wine Company is a family owned business that has been growing grapes and producing wine in Sonoma County, California for four generations. In 1973, the Pellegrini's purchased a 70-acre apple, plum & olive orchard on West Olivet Road in Santa Rosa. They planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, developing one of the first vineyards in the region devoted exclusively to these two varieties—which would become known as the Olivet Lane Vineyard, named after the 120 olive trees which line the vineyard's east entrance. It 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, in addition to the family’s own award-winning Olivet Lane Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production. Today, Olivet Lane is home to Pellegrini Wine Company's state-of-the-art Tuscan styled winery, which opened its doors in 2001. They produce small lot wines from their estate grown grapes, as well as select vineyards in the region. Quality & unadorned terroir is of their utmost priority in every bottle.
Pellegrini Zinfandel is created from 100% Zinfandel sourced from select vineyards in Russian River Valley & Sonoma County, including Olivet Lane Vineyard. To enhance the fruit character of the grapes, fermentation is conducted in small five ton open top tanks. After a five-day cold maceration, the native yeast from the vineyard began fermenting spontaneously. For the next 14 days, the must was punched down three times a day to extract all the color and flavors from the skins. The wine is aged in a combination of American and Hungarian oak, about ten percent of which is new wood. The result is a medium plum red colored wine offering a bouquet of aromas of fresh strawberry, blueberry and rhubarb, enhanced by a touch of spiciness. The medium bodied palate is restrained and balanced with good acidity and soft tannins.
"Made with just 10% new oak and in both American and Hungarian barrels, this wine celebrates both juicy red plum and raspberry, offering sizable power in an elegant package. Soft tannins and measured acidity maintain a freshness in the glass, with a nuanced, easygoing finish. " - Wine Enthusiast
Product of California
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%