Wine Advocate (Mark Squires): 87 $24! “The 2010 Merlot was sourced from vines planted in 1982 and 1998 and released in April, 2015. It was aged for 20 months in an 80/20 mixture of French and American oak (half new; the rest a mixture of second-use and older). Drinking fairly nicely at the moment, it does prove on occasion, with some tannic bursts, that it has a real backbone. It has an earthy and attractive complexity to the finish. Elegant and showing some finesse, it really will need some food to show its best. The price point is not that high, either. There were 404 cases produced."
Brothers Nello and Gino Pellegrini arrived in New York from Tuscany in the early 1900s and made their way to California. In 1925 they became Sonoma County grapegrowers and shipped grapes to home winemakers around the country. After prohibition, they began to continued to ship grapes but also make wine for San Francisco's high-end shops and restaurants. Nello's son Vincent took over in the early 1950s and expanded into importing and distributing European wines and spirits. In 1972 Vincent bought a Russian River Valley property and planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Son Robert named that venture Olivet Lane. Pellegrini wines are made at Olivet Lane.