Merry Edwards Pinot Noir
Coopersmith sits on the rolling Laguna Ridge near the town of Sebastopol, just west of the wintertime lake ― the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Merry Edwards and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, purchased the 9.5-acre apple orchard in 1999. They planted this Russian River Valley vineyard to Pinot Noir in the summer of 2001. The original vines included 50 percent Dijon 828, which turned out to be a poor match for this terroir. By 2008, the conversion was completed to 100 percent of the highly successful UCD 37, aka Merry’s clone.
Practicing sustainable farming, Merry and Ken pamper these vines with micronutrients derived from timed applications of organic oak-based mushroom compost, provided by their neighbor Gourmet Mushrooms. Watchful red-tail hawks and a pair of peregrine falcons patrol the vineyard for gophers and nest in the tall trees surrounding the property. Barn owls raise their young in the boxes on high poles scattered throughout the vines, capturing dozens of rodents each spring night. Originally the home of Haven Best’s organic apples, the site proved its potential from the very first bottling in 2004. Merry Edwards Coopersmith Pinot Noir characteristically presents aromas lush with cocoa and cherries, along with a rich mouthful of supple tannins.
Acreage: 9.5 acres; 6.5 planted
Soil type: Sebastopol Sandy Loam
Year planted: 2001
Rootstocks: 10114 and Schwarzmann
Scion wood clones: UCD 37 (isolated by Merry at Mount Eden Vineyards, aka the Merry Edwards selection)
Vine spacing: 5 x 8 feet, vertical trellis
Appellation: Russian River Valley