Olivet Lane Pinot Noir is carefully tended by hand from vineyard to bottle using artisanal methods and obsessive attention to detail to preserve the greatness of the fruit and achieve exceptional textural complexity. Harvested in the cool of the early morning fog, Olivet Lane Pinot noir grapes are carried down the lane to the winery, where they undergo the process of hand-selecting and destemming. The berries are tipped gently to small open–top fermenters, where they typically reside for about 14 days. The onset of fermentation is delayed by chilling to allow 5 day period of cold-soak prior to fermentation to allow optimal extraction of color and flavor from the skins.
During fermentation, the fermenting must is punched down several times daily to achieve gentle extraction. At the end of fermentation, the wine from each tank is maintained as a discrete lot, drained directly to barrels by gravity. Barrel aging takes place over 14 months, with a single racking of each individual barrel off primary lees in the spring. Our wine is handled minimally without pumping to preserve the delicacy and complexity of its texture.