Pellegrini Russian River Valley Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
The Pellegrini family has been associated with every tier of the wine business since the early part of the 20th century as wine producers, grape sellers, importers, wholesale distributors. In 1915, Nello Pellegrini immigrated from Italy, eventually landing in the Santa Rosa Plains, a sister city to his home town of Lucca, Tuscany. In 1925, the first Pellegrini wine was made from Sonoma County grapes in a gravity run winery in San Francisco. Upon the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, they were issued Winegrower License No.4.
In 1972, Vincent & Aida Pellegrini purchased a 70-acre plum and apple orchard on West Olivet Road in the Santa Rosa Plains. The first vines Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were planted in 1975, using heirloom Martini and Wente Clones respectively, establishing Olivet Lane Vineyard as one of the first Pinot Noir pioneers in Russian River Valley.
Fourth generation vintner Alexia Pellegrini (great grand daughter of Nello) is the General Manager of Pellegrini-Olivet Lane, continuing to build upon the Pellegrini legacy. The Pellegrini wines are made from select vineyards in the Russian River Valley as well as their own estate vineyards. The Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked in the very early morning amidst the long and cool foggy mornings. Hand-sorted and whole cluster pressed, no malolatic conversion and fermented entirely in stainless steel to preserve the pure personality of the fruit.
91 points Wine Enthusiast
The 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay embodies the extensive layers of flavors in a cooler than average vintage. On the nose—cantaloupe, tangerine, Nashi pear, and granite provide an appetizing introduction to flavors on the palate of grilled Meyer lemon, kiwi, and just nearly-ripe pineapple. The wine's voluptuous texture, clean acid, and spicy lemongrass finish round out this wine beautifully. Pair with oven-roasted halibut, fish tacos and claim linguini. 1200cs produced. 14.1% alc.
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