Critical Acclaim

  • Coopersmith Vineyard Pinot Noir

    • 2014

      • 92+ points

        "Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Coopersmith has a little rubbery reduction to begin, which soon blows off to reveal fragrant raspberry preserves, kirsch and black cherry scents with hints of violets, anise and mossy bark. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers packed black berry and earthy flavors with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and refreshing acid, finishing with a perfumed lift."

        Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, April 28, 2017

      • 90 points

        "Built around rich, dense, blackberry and wild berry notes. Pure and dark, supported by firm, fine-grained tannins that give the flavors traction and dimension."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, January 2017

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      • Puff Puff 92 points

        "One of the frontrunners in a very fine lot of 2014 Pinots from Merry Edwards, this latest effort from the Coopersmith Vineyard is a wonderfully well-crafted wine that manages to be rich and refined at one and the same time. It is introduced by intense, very precise aromas of optimally ripened, cherry-like fruit that seem to deepen with each successive sniff, and its layered, yet-to-fully-evolve flavors follow suit. While it is solidly structured and guaranteed to age famously, it is never less than keenly varietal in its genuinely supple mouthfeel, and, if back-palate tannins presently do stand out in contrast to its teasingly velvety beginnings, the wine’s only offense is that it is too young to enjoy now. We would wait for no fewer than a half-dozen years and would not be surprised to see it improving for a decade or more."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

      • 96 points

        "Merry Edwards’ Coopersmith bottling, similar to the Meredith Estate, delivers refined black fruit flavors enrobed in suave tannins.  There’s also an alluring smoky or slightly toasted aspect to it.  It’s long and captivating.  Part of this wine’s excitement is that it is, indeed, different from the Meredith. Open them side-by-side with a group of friends and I suspect you’d get a pretty even split regarding preference. Another tell-tale sign of greatness is how beautifully this wine -- and all her others -- showed the next day."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

      • 90 points: "Very Highly Recommended"

        "Medium to medium-dark purplish ruby; deep, cedary, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of baking spices and damp earth; medium-full body; tight, textured, cherry and dark berry fruit flavors with a hint of cola; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A rather big style of Pinot that is currently a bit rough and needing a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, January 2017

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "Outstanding: fleshy, concentrated, full bodied, and quite young; a wine with rich cherry, blueberry, blackberry, red currant, toast, and rosehips aromas/ flavors., excellent balance, and a firm, long finish."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

      • 91 points

        "This very dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a cranberry, strawberry and red plum bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a black raspberry and oak blend with notes of minerality. We also detected hints of dark chocolate and anise. The finish is dry and its favors and moderate tannins linger nicely. This very tasty Pinot Noir would pair nicely with Colorado lamp chop."

        Ken's Wine Guide, April 2, 2017

    • 2013

      • 96 points / Editors’ Choice

        "(T)his bottling begs to be explored. It’s beguiling from the beginning, with unexpected shots of soy, corn nuts and gamy charcuterie. Big, structured tannins support juicy flavors of black cherry and raspberry, resulting in a complex, velvety mouthfeel. Flourishes of dark chocolate and cardamom tease on the finish."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2016

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      • 92+ points

        "The 2013 Pinot Noir Coopersmith Vineyard comes from a vineyard on the Laguna Ridge not far from Sebastopol. Merry Edwards and her husband own the vineyard planted with UCD clone 37. The color is dense ruby, almost purple, and the wine shows loads of black cherry, black raspberry, dark fruits, a medium to full body, supple tannins, good acidity and beautiful purity. This is an impeccably crafted, relatively big and juicy style of Pinot Noir to drink over the next 12-15 years, if not a lot longer."

        Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

      • 95 points

        "Merry's 2013 Coopersmith is another stunning example of her ability to take what the vineyard gives and let it shine. This vintage is equal parts power and elegance, showing finesse that belies its youth. Showing gorgeous raspberry and red currant fruit with firm acidity and fine tannins, plus a stony minerality that provides another layer of intrigue, the 2013 Coopersmith is a wine for now or later, though later I suspect it will be even more beguiling."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2015

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "First impressions are not usually wrong, but, with wine, they can be and this one starts out as deep and very direct with little nuance to its very obvious extract and mass. There is no questioning its extraordinary attractiveness, but there were at least thoughts that it was not layered, complex or capable of grandeur with age. It did not take long, however, perhaps no more than a second glance, to realize that time is going to be a real ally here, and that the glimmers of raspberry, sweet cherries and roasted walnuts emerging as the wine sat in the glass were the makings of a very fine future. We would leave this one alone for a half-decade in full confidence."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2016

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "Coopersmith is a stunning Pinot Noir: beautifully balanced and refined in flavor (raspberry, cherry, red currant, plum, vanilla, toast), with medium richness, firm acidity, good balance, and an extremely long finish."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      • 95 points

        "Merry Edwards’ Coopersmith Pinot Noir is proportioned similarly to her Georganne bottling.  At this stage the black fruit is more apparent with the savory notes playing in the background.  It has the same suave texture, with juicy acidity and well-polished tannins.  It’s tough to choose between them, which is why her single vineyard wines are so enthralling."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2015

      • 90 points

        "Medium-dark purplish ruby; deep, intense, spicy, raspberry and Bing cherry fruit aroma with hints of clove and cocoa powder; medium-full body; rich, plush, concentrated, red berry fruit flavors with good depth, bright acidity, and a note of baking spices; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Needs a few more years of bottle aging to round out. Very highly recommended."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2016

      • 93 points

        "Rich ruby color; ripe, rich and smooth with sweet cherry fruit and full, dense flavors; generous, rich and savory; long and lovely."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

    • 2012

      • 92 points

        "Planted on a relatively cool site for the Russian River, the Laguna Ridge, this Pinot is velvety and lush in baked strawberry and black raspberry, a celebration of finely grown, ripe fruit, with sharp-edged acidity and waves of savory mocha. With pronounced oak that mellows in the glass, it should only become more interesting with a few more years in the cellar."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015

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      • 94 points

        "Talk about a family affair!  Pinot Noir legend Merry Edwards brings us this beautiful bottle made with her own clone of the grape that's grown in her husband's vineyard.  It features rich cherry, rhubarb, strawberry, cardamom, cinnamon and wild flower aromas that translate to the palate seamlessly, with the flavors carried over beautifully balanced acidity and layered oak spice.  The finish shows the aging potential of this graceful wine with moderate grip that keeps all the elements lingering long.  I can't wait to try the rest of her 2012 lineup."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, November 2014

      • "Extraordinary"

        "For those of you who must have something extraordinary on the Thanksgiving table regardless of price, this vintage of Coopersmith (one of Merry's top vineyard sources) pinot noir is a stunner. Intense and complex without being weighty, this is among the finest pinots ever to come off the Coopersmith property. It exhibits complex layers of red and black fruits, subtle earth notes and spice. The tannins are beautifully integrated. An awesome effort from California's grand dame of pinot noir."

        Robert Whitley, Nov. 11, 2014

      • 93 points

        "Though the glossy texture is similar to the Georganne bottling, the darker, riper and denser flavors distinguish Coopersmith from the rest of her single vineyard Pinot Noir.  It’s a bigger, but no less elegant, wine.  There’s more apparent oak influence at this stage, but it’s not overdone for a young wine.  Merry Edwards’ Pinot Noir develop beautifully with bottle age so I have no hesitation in recommending this one.  I’d just cellar it for a few years, unless of course, you’re a fan of the creaminess imparted by oak aging, in which case you’d enjoy it now."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2015

      • 93 points

        "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is fabulous. It opens with fragrant black raspberry bouquet with a hint of cola. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced and very rich for a Pinot. The flavor profile is a tasty black currant and gentle blackberry blend with notes of integrated mild oak. I also detected hints of plum in the background. The finish is dry and its tannins are firm for a Pinot. They linger and last for quite some time. This is a big Pinot that can stand up to a steak. Enjoy it at your favorite steakhouse over the next decade."

        Ken's Wine Guide, January 2015

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "The Coopersmith is a vibrant Pinot Noir with very distinct character (cherry, raspberry, black currant). It is supple full bodied, well balanced, quite rich, and very long and persistent on the finish. Exceptional."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      • Puff Puff 93 points

        "Make no mistake; this is a special and very serious Pinot, but is not a wine that wants drinking anytime soon, and, if it at first comes across as being a bit chunky and a little light on come-hither grace, it is wonderfully deep and very complete stuff that will age famously. It is a big and impressively extracted effort that manages to be firm and fleshy at once with fruity concentration to spare, and its ongoing themes of black cherries, sweet spice and dried flowers easily outlast the grippy young tannins that crop up at the finish. Time in the cellar is a must if it is to show all that it has, and a wait of five years will be repaid handsomely."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2015

      • 91 points

        "A ripe nose of plum liqueur, spice and sandalwood aromas display a floral top note. There is good volume to the delicious, supple and round flavors that possess fine depth on the finish that isn’t as robust as that of the Russian River Valley but it is notably finer and longer. This is excellent."

        Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, June 2015

      • 92 points

        "Smooth black cherry and juicy acidity; rich and complex with earth, spice and savory notes; lush and balanced, long and intense."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," November 2014

    • 2011

      • 96 points

        "What's so wonderful about this Pinot is the way it reconciles all sorts of opposites. It’s dry but sweet in fruit, and delicate yet potent at the same time. It’s totally accessible now, but enormously complex. Flavors of raspberries and cherries meld with pomegranates and persimmons, as well as mushrooms, tea and licorice. It’s a joy to drink now, and should develop in the cellar for at least 10 years."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

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      • 96 points

        "Wonderfully expressive aromas and penetrating, persistent flavors -- but also an uncanny delicacy with no extraneous weight and no hint of anything chunky or obvious. All of these atrributes are brilliantly evident in the 2011 Coopersmith bottling, which is really only light-medium in body, but nevertheless packed with pure flavors. The accents from oak are just prominent enough to be notable in augmenting the fruit’s complexity, yet they never obscure the beautiful purity of the fruit."

        Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, Feb. 22, 2014

      • 96 points

        "Edwards’ Coopersmith bottling is always one of her most gorgeous Pinot Noirs, perhaps because the vineyard is named for her husband.  The epitome of power and grace, this Pinot Noir combines everything you’d want from that variety -- floral notes, earthy minerality and plenty of fruit.  A big wine, it’s neither bombastic nor heavy, just refined.  It expands in the glass and indeed, was still captivating the next day.  Although you could drink it happily today, this is the kind of wine that will show even more magic after a few years -- or even a decade -- of cellaring."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2013

      • 91 points

        "Coopersmith is one of Merry's top vineyard sources and it produced a solid wine in this difficult vintage. Where many 2011 Pinots from the Russian River Valley are light and thin, Coopersmith delivered darkly colored, black-fruited goodness that goes well beyond the norms for the vintage. This wine offers an earthy forest-floor note for added complexity, and enough grip on the finish to promise improvement in the cellar over the next two to three years."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, January 2014

      • 92 points

        "This dark ruby colored Pinot from Merry Edwards was one of our top scoring wines in our first Pinot Big Blind tasting. It opens with a pleasant black currant and mild cherry bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, polished and has a very nice presence. The flavor profile is a tasty plum and oak blend with hints of black cherry and cola. The finish is dry and lingers so nicely. The panel suggested that you could enjoy this Pinot on its own with friends. It won’t last very long!"

        Ken's Wine Guide, April 17, 2014

    • 2010

      • 95 points

        "Merry Edwards' signature of exceptional deliciousness and drinkability, coupled with seemingly neverending depth. Made using fruit sourced from the winery's vineyard in the cooler southwestern part of the valley, near Sebastopol, this is rich in acids and soft tannins, but the flavors set it apart. Notes of raspberry, cherry, cola, tea, licorice, pepper and sandalwood abound and evolve with every sip."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

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      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "Rich, ripe, penetrating, black cherry and toasty oak flavors."

        Quarterly Review of Wines, "29th Annual Best of the Best," May 2013

      • 96 points

        "This very complex vintage from Merry's Coopersmith vineyard pulls you in with an inviting forest floor aroma on the nose, followed by layers of red and black fruit on the palate, with earthy nuances and a pleasant hint of vanilla spice on the back end. It is beautifully balanced, combining the opulence of ripe fruit with firm structure and a touch of minerality. It is a superb example of Russian River Valley pinot noir at the top of its game."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 2013

      • 96 points

        "Explosive. But not flamboyant or bombastic. This current release from Merry Edwards, Coopersmith, from a vineyard on Laguna Ridge just west of Sebastopol that she and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, own, captures the essence of the grape--its ability to transmit flavor without weight. Perhaps the most complete of this trio at this stage, it has a beautiful marriage of minerality and subtle dark fruit flavors. Though striking, nothing is obvious, except its overall stature. It forces you to concentrate on the flavors and watch how they emerge. Its harmony is captivating. Fans of Pinot Noir should not miss this one."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2013

      • "Highly recommended"

        "Medium ruby; forward, deep, intense, dark plum and black cherry aroma ... tight, concentrated, herbal, toasty, black cherry fruit flavors."

        California Grapevine, December 2012

      • 90 points

        "Rich yet compact, with tight crushed rock, ripe plum and wild berry flavors that are intense, focused and slow to unfold, ending with a touch of graphite and smoke."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, March 31, 2013

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "(C)omplex in flavor and long on the palate; a very fine wine that is supple in texture, intense and ripe in character, quite rich, and well balanced, with a long, lightly tannic finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of plum, cherry, toast, caramel, and spicy oak. Wonderful wine."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

    • 2009

      • 92 points

        "This firm, ripe Pinot features blackberry, black licorice, mineral, berry jam and floral scents, leading to a full body. Well-structured, ending with tight, minerally edge."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, July 27, 2011

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      • 95 points | Cellar Selection

        Wine Enthusiast, February 2012 issue

      • 94 points

        "Dark and juicy with lively black cherry and spice; racy, dense and quite Burgundian in style; rich, fresh and complex with lots of style and charm."

        Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, Feb. 29, 2012

      • 'Excellent'

        "My first note on the Merry Edwards Coopersmith Pinot Noir 2009, Russian River Valley, was “whoa, so much presence!” This is, indeed, a pinot that makes itself immediately known in every respect, from its smoky, fleshy, briery, graphite-tinged bouquet to its background of clean, mossy earth and loam to its dimensional layering of tannin, oak and vibrant acidity. It doesn’t take the grape to the Dark Side, exactly — some of the details of fruit, flowers and spice are actually winsome and beguiling — but it’s certainly a reflection of a vineyard that’s beginning to reach maturity. ... Excellent."

        Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head blog, Nov. 27, 2011

      • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended

        "Attractive, forward, intense, plummy, Bing cherry and dark plum aroma with toasty notes and a hint of mocha; medium-full body; rich, plush, spicy, cedary, dark berry fruit flavors that are well balanced and structured and have good depth; medium-full tannin."

        California Grapevine, Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012 issue

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "(P)owerful. A rich, luscious wine that is quite concentrated in flavor and long on the finish, tasting of raspberry, blueberry jam, black cherry, smoky oak, toast, and rhubarb."

        Restaurant Wine, July 2012

    • 2008

      • 92 Points

        Wine Enthusiast

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      • 93 Points

        "This very dark ruby colored Pinot from Merry Edwards is consistently one of my favorites from her portfolio each year. This year the Coopersmith delivers again. It opens with an attractive boysenberry bouquet with hints of musty oak and blueberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a very tasty mild black raspberry with some gently integrated smoky oak. The finish is dry and its mild fine tannins are pleasant and linger slightly. This wine would be perfect with pork tenderloin."

        Kenswineguide.com, Feb. 16, 2011

      • 91 points

        "Medium dark cherry red color; French oak, vanilla, ripe cherry, raspberry nose; baked cherry, caramel, oak, raspberry palate; medium finish."

        Richard Jennings, rjonwine.com, tasted at Pinot Days 2010 in San Francisco, June 26, 2010

      • 92 Points

        James the Wine Guy, tasted at Pinot Days 2010 in San Francisco, June 26, 2010

      • Puff Puff 92 Points

        "(A) weighty, well-filled wine that is long on fully ripe extracted fruit, decked out with plenty of spicy oak and graced with touches of dark chocolate. ... its fine spine of structural tannin meets the prerequisite of a genuinely ageworthy wine."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2011

      • 90 Points, 'Very highly recommended'

        "Medium ruby; attractive, herbal, spicy, ripe cherry and strawberry fruit aroma; medium-full body; plush, herbal, red berry fruit flavors with firm acidity; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, Vol. 37, No. 1, February 2011

    • 2007

      • 93 points

        "Strikes a wonderful balance between delicacy, finesse and subtle rich earthy flavors, serving up a mix of loamy cherry and berry, mineral and forest floor ... (with) a long finish."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator Hot Wines, March 10, 2010

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      • 94 Points "Make Room in the Cellar"

        "Deep ruby color; tight, deep dark cherry, spice and earthy aromas; rich, ripe, deep, lush dark cherry flavors with layers of complex earth and spice notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Layers of complexity emerge once this Pinot has some air. Beautiful flavors."

        PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

      • StarStarStarStar

        Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

      • Puff Puff 92 points

        "Combining ripe fruit suggesting cherries and a touch of stone fruits in its aromas, this wine also shows a dense, brooding side that has yet to find its full voice. Full-bodied and somewhat chewy in its tannins, concentrated in its tight yet generous fruit flavors and firming up toward the finish, this one deserves four to six years of cellaring and will emerge with a more open and expressive personality."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2010

      • 92 points

        Wine Enthusiast, March 2010

      • 9 / 10 points

        "Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine has a nose of cranberry, pomegranate and an exotic note of cinnamon. In the mouth it is round and cool with nicely balanced, deep cranberry flavors and a light woody quality that persists through a very nice finish."

        Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, March 24, 2009

    • 2006

      • 91 Points

        "Shows firm, vibrant and complex aromas of mineral, raspberry, black cherry and plum. Medium- to full-bodied, concentrated and detailed, ending with fine-grained tannins."

        James Laube, WineSpectator.com, Feb. 16, 2009

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      • 94 Points

        "Bright, deep ruby hue. Deep, lovely black fruit aromas. Appealing floral nose with an underpinning of Bing cherry and spice. A beguiling, exceptionally balanced wine with firm acidity supporting lush black cherry accented with clean mineral notes."

        Lyn Farmer, The Wine News, Summer 2009

      • 91 Points

        "(T)his outgoing effort leads with intense aromas of cherries, raspberries, sweet oak and orange rind and follows suit nicely once in the mouth. Its deep, juicy fruit flavors are backed by a fair dose of youthful acidity, and, if sufficiently tight and firm at the finish to encourage a few years of keeping, it is a wine that will drink well in the near term with the likes of roast duck and pork in savory sauces."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2009

      • "This is a true Russian River Pinot Noir with a fuller body, medium acidity and red fruits—raspberry, cherry and red currants—with a smattering of cocoa. Its lush and velvety texture is delightful and comforting. Somewhere there’s a plate of roasted duck smothered with a dried cherry, wine reduction sauce longing to marry a bottle of the Coopersmith."

        crushandpress.blogspot.com, June 2, 2009

      • 92 Points

        "This Pinot from Merry Edwards is quite impressive. It is bright black cherry in color. It opens with a light raspberry like bouquet. On the palate, this Pinot is medium bodied, really well balanced, smooth, and elegant. Everyone that tried it was quite impressed. This could be because of its delicious light black raspberry flavors with a hint of licorice. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are nicely prolonged. Our group thought this very food friendly wine would pair perfectly with salmon."

        kenswineguide.com, March 19, 2009

      • 92 Points

        Community Tasting

        cellartracker.com, Oct. 31, 2008

    • 2005

      • "Dense and intense; little herbal notes, more ultra-ripe berries. ... It's one of the winery's best ever."

        Dan Berger's Tasting Notes, June 6, 2007

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      • 94 Points

        "The purity of fruit — ripe, rich raspberry and blueberry — coupled with weight and richness in the mouth set this pinot noir apart.  It’s a blockbuster, showing a depth and layered complexity that are usually only seen at this stage (while the wine is so young) in slightly sweeter pinot noirs that push the envelope on alcohol level. Yep, this is a powerful pinot noir, on the order of a grand cru burgundy from a good vintage, with exceptional length and very, very good balance."

        Robert Whitley, whitleyonwine.com

      • "Very aromatic nose with lovely earth-fruit balance; pure bright fruit, including intense dark berry, wild strawberry and a touch of oak.  Wonderful structure; beautifully woven tannins."

        The Chronicle Wine Selections, sfgate.com, May 2, 2008

      • Highly recommended

        "(A)ttractive, assertive, intense, toasty, black cherry fruit aroma with hints of cola and forest floor; full body; rich, plummy, spicy, cedary, ripe black cherry fruit flavors with notes of charred oak and a hint of black pepper; lingering aftertaste.”

        California Grapevine, April-May 2008

      • 95 points

        "Named for Merry’s husband, Ken Coopersmith, this is worth the search for a few of the only 420 bottles produced. The luxurious wine is a seamless combination of black fruit flavors, herbal notes and gamey nuances that delight the palate.  The oak aging is apparent as a glossy texture, but you feel — rather than taste — its presence. The paradox is the incredible depth of flavor without weight."

        Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, April 1, 2008

    • 2004

      • 91 points

        Community Tasting

        cellartracker.com, Dec. 11, 2008

    Coopersmith Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Cuvee August

    • 2014

      • 94 points

        "Named for Edwards’ first grandchild born in this vintage year, this wine is made from fruit sourced from Meredith Estate Vineyard. Velvety smooth and perfumed, it offers piquant pepper and cardamom scents, along with intense rhubarb compote and raspberry flavors. It shows both purpose and quiet power, wrapped in violet and rose."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

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      • 94 points

        "The grapes for Merry Edwards’ Cuvée August, named after her first grandchild and her most expensive Pinot Noir, come from the top part of the slope of the Meredith Estate.  A dazzling and explosive wine, its concentration almost borders on a “Pinot Syrah” style, but does not cross the line.  It’s just rich and savory and refined all at once.  Despite its power, it’s still closed and tightly wound.  At this stage, the “regular” (I hate to call it that) Meredith Estate is more expressive.  It will be fun to see how they develop over the next five to ten years."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "Celebrating the birth of Ms. Edwards’s first grandchild and sourced from a selected small block of the winery’s Meredith Estate Vineyard, the limited, Cuvée August bottling is absolutely brimming with juicy, optimally ripened, red cherry fruit and sports the fine, velvety feel that is unique to Pinot Noir. It is full without being in the least heavy and keeps tannin well in check, and its combination of suppleness, fruity plumpness and easy accessibility makes for a rich and satisfying rendition that, while in no danger of fading away any time soon, shows surprisingly well in its youth."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

      • "The best food, wine pairings to get in the mood for Valentine's Day"

        "2014 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Cuvée August, dark and savory and earthy, with aromas and flavors of black raspberries and mocha, delicate tannins, crisp acids paired with truffles (pheromones), shaved over creamy pasta."

        Fred Tasker, Tribune News Service, February 2017

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "It is a superb wine: full bodied, very supple in texture, fine and complex in flavor (strawberry, cherry, raspberry, blackberry, rosehips, vanilla, spicy oak, pepper), well balanced, with a long, vibrant, persistent finish. Needs aging."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

      • 93 points

        "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very, very good. It opens with a fragrant and appealing strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and elegant. The flavor profile is a tasty mild strawberry with notes of gentle minerality and hints of red raspberry. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This Pinot evolves nicely with a little air, so we would suggest decanting it for a bit. It would pair nicely with grilled veal chop."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Jan. 23, 2017

    Cuvee August
  • Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir

    • 2014

      • 95 points

        "From a Westside Road-adjacent vineyard in the heart of the northern Middle Reach, Flax is rocky and the vines a decade old. Expect luxurious power and a velvety mouthfeel from this wine, its black tea, pomegranate and rhubarb flavors brushed with allspice, sage and cola."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

      • 91+ points

        "The 2014 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard gives a medium ruby color with a purple hint and core of tar, black soil and black berry scents with hints of mulberries, roses and thyme. Medium-bodied, taut and youthful in the mouth, it has a solid frame of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long and earthy."

        Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, April 28, 2017

      More Acclaim
      • 96 points

        "The Flax vineyard is one of Edwards' relatively obscure gems. She only makes 500 or so cases, and the wine is difficult thought not impossible to find. It's typical of the Merry Edwards style, meaning it's robust and juicy, and it holds nothing back. With layered aromas of cherry, raspberry and blueberry and a gentle touch of wood spice, this is a crowd pleaser that will only get better with age. Drink now, or over the next five to seven years."

        Robert Whitley, Creators Syndicate, March 2017

      • 94 points

        "The Flax Vineyard bottling bombards the palette -- in a very nice way -- with lovely aromatics and juicy dark red fruit.  It speaks directly to you.  Savory elements appear, almost reluctantly, but then persist through a long finish.  Similar to her other Pinot Noirs, the tannins are suave giving the wine a velvety texture."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "Creamy oak and lots of juicy, ripe, red cherry fruit are beautifully joined in the inviting aromas of this deep and well-defined offering, and, even if structured in a way that encourages aging, the wine is very outgoing with enormous immediate appeal. It is moderately full and slightly fleshy in feel with temperate tannins affording a nice bit of tactile grip, and, if sure to tempt early drinking with the likes of grilled lamb chops, it promises to expand on its considerable pleasures if set aside for several more years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

      • "Impeccable"

        "This winery submitted its usual stable of impeccable, preeminently North Coast style of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. This year, if I had to choose one, I choose this Westside Rd. planting (located in Russian River Valley’s warmer Middle Reach sub-area) because, well, it is so darned Russian River-ish: lush and ripe (certain writers would say “opulent”), effusive, downright flashy, yet not over-the-top, in its black cherry fruit profile; meaty, dense, layered, supple and rich as get-out on the palate."

        Randy Caparoso, Culinary Wine & Food Adventures, March 2017 (World of Pinot Noir)

      • 91 points

        "This dark scarlet colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with fragrant raspberry tea and oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, round and juicy. The flavor profile is an extracted red currant and cinnamon blend with notes of oak, black pepper and minerality. I also detected hints of dried cranberry towards the end. The finish is dry and its acidity and flavors stick around for quite some time. This hearty-styled Pinot would pair well with a beef bourguignon."

        Ken's Wine Guide, May 5, 2017

    • 2013

      • 93 points

        "This is a Westside Road site known for its rocky soils, and the wine presents sassafras, cherry-berry and roses on the entry before laying down a tightly woven mix of sour, salty cranberry and blood orange. It is softly voluptuous and velvety, though young, with a biting chewiness that should mellow in the cellar. Drink now through 2028."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

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      • 94 points

        "The 2013 Flax Vineyard pinot is quintessential Merry Edwards: Big, bold, meaty and delicious. Merry has a knack for making rich pinot without losing the essential elegance that makes it so charming and seductive. The Flax from this excellent vintage offers notes of earthy forest floor, notes of black and red fruits and spice, coupled with abundant tannins that will prolong the life of this wine for up to ten years or more."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, May 10,2016

      • StarStarStarStar

        "The Flax is outstanding: refined in character, full bodied, and well balanced, with a very long, crisp finish, suggesting at least a few more years of aging. It has evident richness and aromas/flavors reminiscent of plum, blueberry, cherry, rose petal, and spicy oak."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      • 92 points

        "Deep ruby color; smooth, luscious with juicy black raspberry and hints of vanilla oak; bright and long, lovely."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

    • 2012

      • 94 points / Editors' Choice

        "The bouquet of this earthy, aromatic vineyard-designate wine is bursting with freshly picked wildflowers and earth. The palate is mouthwatering in blueberry, strawberry and a bite of sour cherry. Lively acidity keeps the proceedings on a hair-raising ride, before diving headfirst into a long finish of bacon and dark chocolate."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015

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      • 90 points

        "Firm and chunky, with a tight, dense core of earth and mineral, laced wild berry and blueberry flavors. This earns points for direct intensity, yet eases off gracefully, ending with a mix of berry fruit."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 2015

      • 91 points

        "The 2012 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard brings together a very classic sense of Russian River richness with expressive floral and savory notes that add finesse. The flavors are lifted and very nicely delineated throughout. Crushed rose petal, raspberry, mint and white pepper add the final layers of nuance on the distinctly aromatic, high-toned finish."

        Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, May 2015

      • 96 points

        "Most Merry Edwards Pinots are built for the long haul, some moreso than others. The 2012 Flax Vineyard Pinot from Merry is a beast of a wine along the lines of beauty and the beast. This vintage is rich, dense and layered, showing an intense raspberry aroma, spice and a hint of earthy forest floor. It is young and bold, in need of another two or three years in the cellar to come into its own, but when it does it will be one of Merry's finest efforts to date from the exceptional vineyard."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 17, 2015

      • 93 points

        "One of the things I admire about Merry Edwards’s Pinot Noir is that the single vineyard bottlings are different one from the other.  The 2012 Flax Vineyard is more muted and more fruit focused at this stage compared to the Klopp Ranch with less savory character.  The tannins are a touch more prominent, but not astringent or out of place given the overall weight of the wine.   If you give it time -- a half hour or so -- you’ll appreciate that there’s a lot going on in the glass.  An attractive subtle bitterness in the finish is refreshing because it reminds you that this is not a jammy overwrought wine, but rather a seriously complex one."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Aug. 25, 2015

      • StarStarStarStar

        "The Flax 2012 is an elegant, aromatic wine that is full bodied, supple in texture, crisp, and finely balanced. It has intense fresh fruit character (plum, cherry, strawberry), with floral, spicy, toasty overtones. Very long finish. Delicious."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      • "This Week's Wine Picks"

        "A pinot with great complexity. Aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, blueberry, currant and white pepper. Wins you over with its depth of flavor."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 14, 2014

      • 90 points / "Very Highly Recommended"

        "Medium ruby; attractive, intense, raspberry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cedar chest and cola; medium-full body; concentrated, deep, textured, red and black fruit flavors ... lingering aftertaste. Needs a few more years of bottle aging."

        California Grapevine, April 2015

      • Puff Puff 90 points

        "Here again is a fully ripe Pinot that is long on extract and serious intent, and, while it displays unmistakable kinship with its several like-minded cellarmates, it is the sturdiest and most sinewy of the bunch. It is a big wine to be sure, but it carries nary an ounce of fat, and the firming effects of its ample acid and tannins tag it as one that most definitely needs a wait. It may not reach quite the same heights as its partners from the Klopp Ranch and the Meredith Estate, but it is assuredly worth hiding away for a half-dozen years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2015

      • 92 points

        "Bright and juicy with smooth texture and lovely black cherry and raspberry; spice and mellow acid structure; bright and long. "

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," April 2015

    • 2011

      • Puff Puff 93 points

        "If by no means a "light" wine, the Flax Vineyard Pinot shows a slightly lighter, more graceful side than its several siblings, and it earns the nod as our favorite by dint of its careful crafting and exemplary balance. It is long on fully ripe cherries and shows great fruity stamina with well-measured oak in quiet but constant support, and its neatly proportioned spine of fine structural tannins bodes well for another half-dozen or more years of steady improvement."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2014

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      • 93 points

        "Dry and tough in tannins, this is a great wine that needs aging. The vineyard is in the warmer Westside Road part of the valley, but the chilly vintage nonetheless dominates, giving the wine hard tannins that accentuate its dryness and acidity. Waiting until at least 2022 should allow the sweet plum, cherry and mulberry fruit flavors to emerge. It could still be rocking and rolling in 2029. Cellar Selection"

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2014

      • 91 points

        "Slightly high-toned aromas of strawberry, plum, mocha, spices and woodsmoke. Sappy and nicely concentrated, with lovely lift to the flavors of red berries, black tea and spices; I like the savory peppery influence of the whole-cluster vinification. Finishes with ripe, dusty tannins, subtle spice and earth tones and good peppery energy and grip. A very good 2011 pinot, but I'd wait a year or two before pulling the cork."

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014

      • 93 points

        "The Pinot Noir from the Flax Vineyard has more savory elements and less apparent oak at this stage.  The tannins are more prominent, but the wine is still balanced and well proportioned.   It’s a longer, more layered wine, still with a luxurious texture.  The Flax vineyard bottling needs a few years in the cellar to allow its glory to shine."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, May 2014

      • 92 points

        "Here’s a Pinot Noir from specialist Merry Edwards that will reward further bottle aging.  The aroma profile includes black cherry, damp earth, tea, fall spice, leaf and stem notes. On the palate it’s grippy as Pinots go, with notes of oak forward at this stage of its evolution.  I’d give it a few years to fully integrate and dazzle my Pinot loving friends with a successfully full-bodied wine that will prove to be an exception for the vintage."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, March 2014

      • 90 points

        "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with an inviting boysenberry bouquet with a hint of plum. The flavor profile is a ripe blackberry and smoky oak blend with hints of black pepper, tea and a touch of anise. This finish is dry and its flavors linger for quite some time."

        Ken's Wine Guide, June 2014

    • 2010

      • 94 points, Cellar Selection

        "Merry Edwards has had a long relationship with this Westside Road vineyard, which has given her some very great wines. This 2010 continues her offering of delicious Pinots of early appeal, but whose structural integrity guarantees ageability. The wine is lush in raspberries, cherries and currants, yet is elegant and crisp in acidity. You can drink it now, but it will gain in the bottle after 2018."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

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      • 91 points

        "The 2010 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard is wonderfully perfumed and expressive. Dark red cherries, flowers, crushed rocks and mint are all layered in a finely delineated wine endowed with gorgeous finesse. This is a fairly laid back, refined style for the Russian River, but it works, and quite nicely."

        Antonio Galloni, April 2013

      • 95 points

        "(D)ark and juicy. There’s no question it’s a big style of Pinot Noir, yet it’s refined and not overdone. Waves of flavor -- fruit, earth and herbs -- bombard the palate without ever assaulting it. Lovely savory notes and a whiff of bitterness in the finish keep this impressive wine balanced.  It would be a good match for grilled duck breast or even a roasted chicken with wild mushroom sauce now."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Sept. 10, 2013

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "(V)ery finely flavored and supple in texture; a Pinot Noir with depth and complexity. It has a long flavor evolution, excellent balance, and a very persistent finish. It tastes of plum, rose petal, raspberry, cherry, spicy oak, and toast. Exceptional."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

      • 92 points

        "Bright black cherry and spice with juicy, racy flavors and good depth; tangy, long and intense; balanced and vibrant."

        Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, March 2013

      • 92 points / "Very highly recommended"

        "(A)ttractive, fragrant, complex, spicy, red fruit aroma with hints of sandalwood, white pepper, and cola; medium-full body; rich, textured, earthy, black cherry fruit flavors with good depth and firm structure."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, April 2013

      • "Good (+)"

        "Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely scented with aromas of fresh Bing cherries, baked cookies and spice. Bright, sappy, cherry and raspberry fruit clothed in tawny tannins. Richly concentrated with complimentary oak treatment and some finishing intensity. Hard to ignore the prodigious fruit. Good (+)."

        Prince of Pinot, June 23, 2013

      • 92+ points

        "Good bright dark red. Deep aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, black tea, coffee and mocha. Concentrated, sappy and savory, with a saline minerality adding interest to the black cherry and dark plum fruit flavors. A strong impression of soil made me think of Burgundy. Finishes with serious sappy depth and a firm spine of broad, dusty tannins to support aging. Offers an impressive combination of density, structure and lift."

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2013

    • 2009

      • 92 points

        "Dark cherry flavors, light hint of tobacco, sage-like notes, savory accent."

        Dick Rosano, weeklywinepick.com, Feb. 24, 2012

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      • 90 points

        "Silky and bright with red cherry and juicy berries; lively, fresh and elegant; long and stylish."

        Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, April 2012

    • 2008

      • 96 points

        Wine Enthusiast magazine, August 2011

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      • 'Excellent'

        "The Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008, Russian River Valley, is an earthy, loamy wine that bursts with notes of black cherry and rhubarb, cranberry and cloves, briers and underbrush; this is substantial stuff, dark, fully-fleshed out, full-bodied, quite dry, with an inviting texture like fold upon fold of satin sheets warmed by a sleeping body; it feels etched with graphite, violets, dried red currants; the finish is long and smoky. Excellent."

        Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head blog, Nov. 27, 2011

      • Puff Puff - 93 points

        "The 2008 Flax is a massive, deep, nearly brooding wine that conveys enormous fruit potency, and, while it is long on ripeness and loaded with rich oak, it is not excessive in either. It is supple and meaty and on the full end of the Pinot Noir spectrum, yet its varietal credentials are never in doubt. It smacks of cola, plums, ripe cherries, tobacco and a wee touch of chocolate, and it too is  a wine whose very best lies more than a couple of years down the road."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2011

      • 93 points

        "This recent addition to Merry's stable of vineyard-designate Pinots exhibits gorgeous black cherry and plum fruit, a heady floral note, and a hint of spice. It's rich and mouth-filling yet beautifully balanced, with supple, long tannins that give the promise of a bright future for this new Merry Edwards star."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, June 28, 2011

      • 91 points

        "This very dark ruby colored Pinot noir opens with a mild oak and black plum bouquet with a hint of black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and quite savory. The flavor profile is a moderate oak infused plum with notes of black pepper and black raspberry. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are slightly prolonged. This wine really smoothes out with some air."

        Ken's Wine Guide's 2011 Pinot Noir Recommendations, Aug. 30, 2011

    • 2007

      • 90 points

        "Firm and pleasantly earthy, with mineral, dried currant and berry flavors that are loamy, tight, complex and savory ... with a tobacco leaf edge."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, March 1, 2010

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      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "Lively, still nascent aromas of black cherry and wild flowers are enhanced by background notes of creamy oak and lightly spicy notes. Full and finely balanced on the palate with acidity that adds a bracing note to its flavors, this one joins its peers in offering fine promise for future beauty."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2010

      • 90 points

        "Medium-bodied with ripe black raspberry flavors. Finish shows very nice length for a Pinot."

        KensWineGuide.com, May 7, 2010

      • 92 points

        Wine Enthusiast, March 2010

      • Wine of the Week

        "A pinot that resembles blackberry pie. It has depth and concentrated flavors. Notes of raspberry, herbs and spice. Lush."

        The Press Democrat, Feb. 22, 2010

      • "Highly recommended"

        "Toasty, ripe dark cherry fruit aroma with notes of clove and spice box ... herbal, lean, red berry fruit flavors ... Highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, Feb.-March 2010

      • 9 / 10 points

        "Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells appealingly of raspberry and hints of green herbs. In the mouth it is a beautiful concoction of tart cherry and raspberry flavors, underscored by light tannins that stretch nicely into a long finish."

        Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, March 24, 2009

      • 92 Points "Make Room in the Cellar"

        Deep ruby color; deep red cherry, cola and rhubarb aromas; rich, deep cherry flavors with earthy coffee notes ... good structure and balance; long finish. Big and rich with a good dose of oak and tannin ... interesting complexity underneath."

        PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

    • 2006

      • 95 Points

        "(T)his is one outstanding Pinot Noir from superstar Pinot winemaker Edwards. I gave it 95 points for its sheer lusciousness, but it’s also age-worthy."

        Steve Heimoff, May 13, 2009

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      • "...one of the best Merry Edwards wines I have tasted"

        "For more than three decades, Merry Edwards has been making a range of small-production pinot noirs from various appellations in California's Sonoma County. The 2006 Russian River Valley Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of the best Merry Edwards wines I have tasted. This ruby-colored wine is all elegance, made in a style that eschews the over-the-top, massive-fruit style that has come to define too many California pinot noirs in recent years."

        Edward Deitch, Vint-ed, Jan. 29, 2010

      • 93 Points

        "Bright, medium ruby hue. High-toned herbal and forest floor aromas give way to black fruit nuances and rich spice aromas tinged with graphite minerality. This Pinot reveals its considerable charms slowly. It is soft on the palate with ripe tannins and luscious fruit imbued with crisp acidity that provides ample structure on the long finish."

        Lyn Farmer, The Wine News, Summer 2009

      • 94 Points

        "Intense and complex. Raspberry, cherry, floral notes, hint of eucalyptus."

        wblakegray.blogspot.com, June 29, 2009

      • 90 Points

        "Tart red fruit, mineral nose; tasty, tart red fruit, mineral palate with good structure; medium finish."

        Richard Jennings, wineberserkers.com, June 29, 2009

      • "(A) voluptuously silky texture. There's a sense of earth on the nose and palate, herbal notes and spicy fruit."

        Bill Daley, The Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2009

    Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    • 2014

      • 95 points

        "Merry is the queen of California pinot noir. Long live the queen. The 2014 Klopp Ranch is a stunning wine that shows the remarkable ability of Edwards to make an elegant wine with muscle. That's a rare combination. The Klopp is firm with impressive depth, expressive raspberry and cherry fruit, and hints of earthy forest floor."

        Robert Whitley, "Wine Talk," March 21, 2017

      • 94 points

        "Layered black cherry, cola and raspberry flavors laced with cardamom and clove make this medium-bodied red succulently memorable. It's balanced and forgiving, its supple texture yielding to a creaminess on the finish that's irresistible."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

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      • 94 points

        "Another full bodied, dark side of the variety example from Merry Edwards, who always manages a layered delivery of multiple aromas and flavors, compelling you to spend some time at the rim, nosing the depths slowly before tasting.  This vintage of Klopp Ranch is no exception, with plum and black cherry joined by notes of earth and cardamom, finishing long and lush, a supple grip keeping it all together.  Well done"

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, March 21, 2017

      • 93 points

        "Merry Edwards’ Klopp Ranch bottling highlights bright red fruit flavors with less emphasis on the savory component.  A succulent wine, it is balanced and pure with an alluring suppleness.  It strikes a gorgeous mid ground in terms of intensity.  I’m not sure that anyone, even Edwards herself, can explain precisely what it is about the vineyards that results in the different expressions of her wines.  But it’s clear that the wines differ one from the other.  It’s not a marketing technique.  Another unique and riveting Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards!"

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

      • 91 points / First Place

        "Medium to medium-dark ruby; intense, deep, earthy, plum, black raspberry, and pomegranate aroma with spicy notes and hints of mocha and dried herbs; medium-full body; deep, rich, extracted, savory, red and dark berry fruit flavors with a full, rich, textured mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A relatively big wine, typical of their style, that’s appealing in its youth, though deserving another three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, February 2017

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "Wispy back notes of raspberries join the more conventional pleasures of juicy, ripe cherries in the rich, somewhat succulent nose of this generously filled Pinot, and, if the wine shows the familiar fruity generosity and depth of its maker, it is ever so slightly more forward and a little less tactilely grippy than many of its mates. It is not that it is soft to a fault or in any way unbalanced, but it is a tad easier to taste in its youth and its angles and edges are neatly rounded off. We would still opt for a few years of waiting, but we would not complain if presented a glassful right now."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

      • Star

        "A wine with full body, supple texture, rich but subtle flavors, firm acidity, and a very long, mildly tannic finish, tasting of blueberry, cherry, red currant, pepper, rosehips, vanilla, and spicy oak."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

    • 2013

      • 92+ points

        "The 2013 Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch is from Goldridge soils, which are favored by many Chardonnay and Pinot winemakers in the Russian River. Typical of her wines, there is terrific color, extraction and a deep ruby/purple color. The wine is broad, flavorful, intense, promising and delicious. Sweet plum, cranberry and black cherry notes moving toward bluer fruits are present in this full-bodied Pinot Noir that shows good acidity and ripe tannin. This is another winner, but its most promising and brightest days are ahead of it. Forget it for several years and drink it over the following 15-20."

        Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

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      • 95 points

        "Edwards has worked with this Laguna Ridge site for decades and her intimate understanding of it shows. Rose petals ride a voluptuous texture and concentrated notes of chocolate, caramel and black cherry; it’s as savory as it is buoyant and floral. Still holding on to a wealth of tannin and body, it will cellar well despite being delicious and enjoyable today."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

      • 91 points

        "Falling right in step with its impressive cellarmates in so far as its solidity, concentration, structure and varietal clarity are concerned, the latest Klopp Ranch Pinot vies for top honors among an outstanding bunch by dint of its layering, its keen composition and a sense of fruity purity that affords it a special beauty all its own. It is, like its companions, a wine that should be held rather than gulped down in a hurry, and, if we would by no means refuse a glass now if someone else is footing the bill, we are planning on cellaring our own bottles away for no fewer than another five years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2016

      • 95 points

        "The 2013 is a beautiful expression of pinot noir from Klopp Ranch. Dark fruits, especially juicy black raspberry and blackberry, and spice are the show, with a nuanced, well-measured use of oak that comes together in an impressive wine that may well go down as one of Merry's finest from this vineyard."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 19, 2016

      • 94 points

        "Merry Edwards continues a string of exceptional 2013's with the Klopp Ranch bottling, bringing deep black cherry, Asian spice, cedar, leaf and damp earth aromas and flavors, all nicely integrated with judicious oak and finishing long and complex.  I can't wait to taste the next vintage."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, April 26, 2016

      • 93 points

        "Dark ruby color; black raspberry nose; smooth, lush and dense with black cherry and intensity; tangy, rich and savory; long, deep and balanced."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

      • StarStarStarStar+

        "The Klopp Ranch is very supple in texture, full bodied, and fairly rich in flavor; an excellent wine tasting of black cherry, plum, red licorice, rose petal, and spicy oak. Very long finish."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, March 2016

      • "Get a Tax Refund? Splurge on These 8 Wines"

        "Toasty oak and brown sugar aromas, flavors of black raspberries, chocolate and spice, rich and full-bodied. Highly recommended."

        Fred Tasker, Tribune News Service, April 27, 2016

    • 2012

      • 93 points / Cellar Selection

        "Klopp is a mix of California and Burgundy clones, one of the producer’s finest offerings every year, made in an opulent, balanced style. Lush layers of strawberry and cherry are surrounded by truffle-like dirt. The wine is concentrated in tannin and subtle oak, while anise marks the measured finish. The wine will benefit from time in the cellar through 2020."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015

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      • 90 points

        "A rustic, tannic style, with density and charm. Fans of minerally, gravel-laced Pinots will find this especially alluring, as the focus mixes the fruit and gravel elements proportionally."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 2015

      • 95 points

        "The 2012 Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir really sings.  The first whiff announces an exciting savory and earthy component that ultimately balances the ripe, but not jammy, California fruit component.  It’s more concentrated than her Russian River Valley bottling, but the increased power is not at the expense of elegance.  It has more of everything without being clumsy or heavy.   Indeed, its balance is extraordinary.  Silky tannins and a sour cherry-like acidity that amplifies the finish make it a joy to drink now, though I suspect that a few years of additional bottle age will reveal additional complexity."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Aug. 25, 2015

      • 94 points

        "Always a beautiful expression, this vintage of Klopp Ranch shows a delicacy and richness that is very attractive now and will reward further bottle aging.  Black cherry, dusty earth, lavender, flowers, and subtle fall spice notes delivered over bright acidity and a fairly firm grip linger long, with attractive leafy notes appearing in the finish. Merry Edwards knows Pinot Noir!"

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Feb. 17, 2015

      • 93 points

        "Merry's 2012 Klopp Ranch exhibits a delicate, nuanced side of Pinot. What is most striking about this lovely wine is its bouquet, with the allure of violets predominant. Notes of spice and raspberry and cherry fruit aromas signal the coming sensory experience. On the palate this vintage of Klopp is exquisitely balanced, a seamless beauty that finishes with a lingering note of blueberry and spice. Unlike many of Merry's Pinots that require additional cellaring to reach optimum maturity, the 2012 Klopp is drinking beautifully now, though I have no doubt it will continue to improve as it evolves over the next five to seven years."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 10, 2015

      • Puff Puff 91 Points

        "Showing a great deal of fruity substance and depth in the nose with intriguing touches of violets, sweet toast and hardwoods presaging further complexity to come and making good on promise with generously extracted flavors to follow, this year's Klopp Ranch bottling deftly manages to be as rich as it is well-composed and comes with a fine sense of real reserve upon which to build. It exhibits all of the concentration and substance we anticipate in Merry's wines, yet it is never in danger of being too much, and only four or five years of patience stand between it and real beauty."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2015

      • Best of the Best Five-Star Wines

        "Plump, suave, lush, thoroughly entrancing, black cherry and smoky oak flavors."

        Quarterly Review of Wines, "33rd Annual Best of the Best," August 2015

      • 92 points

        "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards was well received by our mini tasting group. It opens with a mild boysenberry and black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is rich and fruit forward black raspberry with notes of oak and plum. I also detected hints of strawberry and cherry-cola. The finish is dry and its flavors fade away nicely. This Pinot is food friendly and would pair well with beef bourguignon."

        Ken's Wine Guide, June 1, 2015

      • This Week's Wine Picks

        "This pinot has great depth and complexity. It has quite a range, with notes of raspberry, currant and rose petal. Lingering finish. Rock star."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Feb. 4, 2015

      •      

        "The 2012 Klopp Ranch is superb: fleshy, rich, and finely balanced; a wine that is very long on the palate, and complex in flavor (cassis, plum, blackberry, cherry, red licorice, spicy oak, vanilla, cedar), and very persistent in the finish."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      • 93 points

        "Silky and deep with ripe black cherry and smooth texture; earthy, dense and rich; long, velvety and balanced."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," May 2015

    • 2011

      • 94 points

        "The vineyard is in the cool, southeastern part of the valley, a region whose Pinots always are dark, dry, tannic and age-worthy. In this cool vintage, this wine is all of the above. Its black sour-cherry-candy flavors have hints of conifer, white tobacco, clove and anise, complex notes that will evolve in interesting ways. The acidity is brisk and mouthwatering, and will help the wine age through 2023, at the least. Cellar Selection"

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2014

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      • StarStarStarStar1/2 star

        "Gorgeous, concentrated berry flavors, with notes of black currant and cracked black pepper. Crisp acid. Bright and lively. A standout ."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 22, 2014

      • 95 points

        "Merry Edwards’ Klopp Ranch bottling of Pinot Noir is wonderfully different from her other single vineyard wines.  It’s denser still, with more concentrated black fruit flavors, yet still avoids being heavy because of lip-smacking acidity.  At this stage, there’s a smattering of savory notes that emerges with time in the glass.  As with all of Edward’ Pinot Noirs, the Klopp Ranch has a silky texture.  Similar to the Flax bottling, the Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir needs cellaring to allow it to bloom."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, May 2014

      • 94 points

        "Merry's Klopp Ranch Pinot is another in her string of successes from the troubled 2011 vintage. The surprise here is the exceptional concentration and weight she achieved with this wine from this vintage, which typically produced lighter Pinots than the recent norm. The Klopp exhibits complex red and black aromas and an inviting, earthy, forest floor back note that gives the wine additional complexity and intrigue. The tannins are supple and smooth, though with a hint of bite on the finish."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, May 2014

    • 2010

      • 95 points, Editors' Selection

        "This vineyard has been source to some of the winery’s greatest bottlings. The wine is enormously fruity, with raspberry, cherry and red-plum flavors that flood the palate. But it’s no mere fruit bomb, offering the most wonderful tannin-acid structure and a dryness that keeps the wine stimulating through a long, spicy finish. Drinkable now, but also cellar worthy through 2018, at least."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

      More Acclaim
      • 95 points

        "Similar to her superb Pinot Noir from Meredith Estate, this one from Klopp Ranch vineyard is tightly wound and less immediately expressive. Dark dense black fruit-like flavors underpinned by an earthy minerality emerge. A lovely subtle bitterness in the exceptionally long finish actually reinforces the fruit flavors. Edwards manages to capture the intensity of Pinot Noir without making a heavy wine. The wine grows in the glass and reminds us not to judge wines too quickly when we taste, but to drink them with a meal over hours to allow them to unravel. This is another wine best cellared for several years."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Sept. 10, 2013

      •      

        "(R)ich, supple, and beautifully balanced, an outstanding Pinot. It is full and long on the palate, with a very persistent finish, tasting of blueberry jam, plum, toast, spicy oak, clove, red licorice, and nutmeg. First rate."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

      • 90 points

        "Dense and concentrated, rich and intense; meaty and rich with earth and spice."

        Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, March 2013

      • 90 points / "Very highly recommended"

        "(A)ttractive, intense, black cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with notes of cola and toasty oak; medium-ful body; rich, tight, textured, cherry fruit flavors."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, April 2013

      • 92 points

        "This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a boysenberry and blackberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, concentrated and savory. On the palate, the flavor profile is a ripe plum and blackberry jam blend with hints of black raspberry and mild oak. The finish is dry and its mild to moderate tannins fade away nicely. This Pinot is a big boy for the category. Cab drinkers will like this one."

        Ken's Wine Guide, August 2013

      • 92+ points

        "Broad, plush and rich, with dark berry flavors complicated by smoky soil tones, cocoa powder, spices, herbs and espresso. A bit youthfully aggressive and quite backward today, finishing with slightly dry-edged, dusty tannins. But this impressively deep, long pinot showed building sweetness as it opened in the glass and appears to have the stuffing for a graceful evolution in bottle."

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2013

    • 2009

      • 98 points

        "Amazing­ly rich, offering deep, complex layers of cherries, black raspberries, cola, anise biscotti, pomegranates, persim­mons, black tea, orange zest, mushrooms, you name it, but don’t forget the spices, everything from cloves and black pepper to cinnamon. Utterly delicious, with a silky, briskly clean mouthfeel. But the tannins are pro­nounced. They’re not so strong as to lock the wine down, but do suggest time in the cellar. Give it four years, and it could be wonderful after 10 or more."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, May 2012

      More Acclaim
      • No. 5 Wine for 2012

        Wine Enthusiast places 2009 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir at No. 5 in its Top 100 Wines for 2012.

        Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

      • "Well worth the price"

        "Merry Edwards is one of California's greatest Pinot Noir talents. Her wines are fairly expensive, but this single-vineyard Pinot is well worth the price."

        Food and Wine, "Pinot Specialists," April 2012

      • 92 points

        "Bright, full ruby-red. Pungent spicy lift to the aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate, licorice and black pepper, complemented by a deeper underbrush quality. Rich, round and harmonious; one of the fullest and creamiest of this set of pinots but not at all overly sweet. With its fine dusting of tannins and emerging gamey complexity, this plump pinot is delicious already."

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2012

      • StarStarStarStar+

        Michael Pinkus, The Grape Guy, Nov. 8, 2011

      • 92 points

        "Broad palate of dark fruit, accented by mineral notes, pleasingly spicy finish."

        Dick Rosano, weeklywinepicks.com, Feb 24, 2012

      • StarStarStarStar+

        "The Klopp bottling is nearly Cabernet-like in style. It is concentrated and full bodied, with intense cassis, blueberry, pepper, toast, and blackberry aromas/flavors." 

        Restaurant Wine, July 2012

      • 90 points

        "Tight, with crisp, flinty acidity and mineral and cedar notes, along with a berry ripeness that tiptoes into berry jam, maintaining a tart, spicy edge."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, Oct. 15, 2011

    • 2008

      • No. 36 in the Top 100

        Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2011

      More Acclaim
      • 96 points

        Wine Enthusiast magazine, August 2011

      • 'Excellent'

        "The Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir 2008, Russian River Valley, is a frankly gorgeous pinot though of strapping proportions; it plays upon the broad panoply of baking spices, potpourri, fresh and ripe black and blue fruit with undertones of rhubarb and cranberry and dried fruit, all set within a package that deftly, almost riskily, balances delicacy of outline with tannic and mineral foundations."

        Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head blog, Nov. 27, 2011

      • 95 points

        "I confess to a preference for earthy Pinots, so Merry's latest from Klopp Ranch hit me where I live. It offers exotic aromas of forest floor and dark fruits, with a subtle spice note, and an ever-lengthening palate that will only improve as the tanninc bite on the finish loses its grip with time. Superb and distinctive Pinot from the grande dame of California Pinot Noir."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, June 28, 2011

      • 93 points

        "Merry Edwards makes terrific Pinot Noirs and this one was one of my favorites this year. It is full-bodied, very well balanced and quite smooth. Its flavor profile is a delicious black currant with notes of black-raspberry, black licorice, and a touch of oak towards the end. The finish is just as impressive as the taste with well managed tannins that are pleasantly prolonged."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Aug. 11, 2011

      • Puff Puff 92 points

        "This very deep and concentrated Pinot is so rich and juicy in scent as to suggest that it might be a wine to drink now, but it turns out to be more tight and nervy than billed, and it is one that demands some time to unfold. While it suffers from no shortage in real fruity substance and offers up a tantalizing glimpse of early complexity, it is serious, ageworthy wine that will not begin to show its stuff without three to five years in the cellar."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2011

      • "Supple pinot noir with complex flavors. Notes of blackberry, plum, toast, cola. Lush texture. Nice length."

        Peg Melnik's "Wine List," Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 10, 2011

    • 2007

      • Puff Puff Puff 97 points

        "It is not that this wine is bigger or bolder than its stablemates. It just seems that way because its generous aromas seemingly jump out of the glass, and the layered quality of those aromas reinforces the notion that this is top-notch Pinot. Its full and supple impressions at entry are followed by ripe, deep and deliciously fruity flavors of sweet red cherries, toasted bread, rich, creamy oak and hints of dried raspberries. Its initial hints of velvet might suggest early drinking, but this is a Pinot with lots and lots of potential for growth."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2010

      More Acclaim
      • "Exquisitely balanced"

        "Klopp is notable for its suave yet robust personality, its ability to conjure up a day in the country, picking blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries and the like. And then there’s the voluptuous scent of rose petals that dart in and out – so redolent of Edwards, who finds relaxation and solace in tending to her own extensive rose garden at home between the winemaking and viticultural duties of her life’s work. In the winery, she’s just as hands-on, blending blocks until she exquisitely balances acidity, ripeness and tannic structure, as in her 2007 Klopp."

        Virginie Boone, "Uncorked," April 6, 2011

      • 92 Points "Make Room in the Cellar"

        "Medium-deep ruby color; very deep, spicy aromas with dark cherry and pepper notes; deep, rich, dark cherry flavors with earthy, pepper notes; moderate tannin and oak; good structure and balance. Deep, big Pinot that needs time to open up."

        PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

      • 92 points

        "This is the best Klopp Ranch that I have covered. It is bright ruby colored and opens with a fragrant and attractive black cherry bouquet with a hint of strawberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very well balanced, and extremely elegant."

        "Pinots on Parade 2010," KensWineGuide.com, July 21, 2010

      • 94 points

        Wine Enthusiast, March 2010

      • A+

        "Outstanding in this incarnation."

        Drinkhacker.com, Wine Spectator Grand Tour Las Vegas 2010

      • 91 points

        "Smooth and harmonious, with supple plum, black cherry, anise and sage notes that are complex, full-bodied and tilting toward subtlety and finesse."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, March 10, 2010

      • 91 points

        "Attractive, forward, intense, plummy, toasty, black raspberry and blackberry fruit aroma with cedary notes and hints of cola, mocha and rhubarb ... rich, plush, toasty black cherry fruit flavors ... Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, Feb.-March 2010

      • 9.5 / 10 points

        "Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cranberry, mixed with some plummy qualities and a note of wet wood aroma. In the mouth it has a light cocoa powder shell and a core of dark raspberry that dips even deeper over time into earthier zones. Nicely balanced and finely grained, it lasts through a long finish."

        Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, March 24, 2009

    • 2006

      • 96 Points

        "No. 28 of the top 100 wines of 2009"

        Wine Enthusiast, December 2009

      More Acclaim
      • "(A) distinctive aroma: bigger, earthier, with notes of leather and hay. More oak or wood here, with touches of mushroom, earth and berry. Smooth throughout; long finish."

        Bill Daley, The Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2009

      • 90 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, Nov. 11, 2008

    • 2005

      • "Full-bodied ... well-integrated"

        "The grapes are farmed by noted winegrower Ted Klopp in a cool area featuring Goldridge sandy soils. Darkly colored. Welcoming nose of oak-kissed black cherries, earth, tea and cola. Full-bodied and deep dark stone fruits and blueberries are well-integrated with subtle oak and gentle tannins, finishing with some orange peel citric tang."

        The Pinot File, Jan. 1, 2009

    • 2004

      • 92 points

        "…rich black cherry and blackberry fruit and hints of anise and cedar.
        Finishes with a long, intricate aftertaste."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 31, 2007

      More Acclaim
      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "We have become accustomed to Klopp Ranch offerings as the ripest and fattest wines in the winery's portfolio. … It is well-fruited and never austere with a long, black-cherry finish."

        Connoisseurs' Guide, June 2007

      • 92.1 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, Jan. 23, 2008

      • 91 points

        "This full-bodied wine practically explodes with intense black fruit flavors and spice."

        Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, May 15, 2007

      • 90 points

        "(A)ttractive, forward, intense, spicy, smoky … ripe black cherry fruit flavors with a layer of creamy oak. Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, April-May 2007

      • 92 points

        "Edwards is one of California’s finest interpreters of the fickle Pinot Noir grape and this violet-scented bottling shows why."

        Food & Wine, April 2007

    • 2003

      • Pinot Noir of the Year

        "(G)reat fruit expression and complexity … the wine just gets better and better."

        Steve Pitcher, Wine News, December/January 2006-07

      More Acclaim
      • Robb Recommends

        "Exhibits the dark color and rich texture of a cabernet, yet its lively acids and wonderful rose-petal aromas remind one that this is pinot at its purest."

        Robb Report, Nov. 30, 2010

      • 91.2 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, Nov. 17, 2008

      • Pinot Noir #21

        The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2006

      • 95 points, Spectator Selection

        "The best Pinot I’ve had from this esteemed producer. … Impeccable balance, lively acidity and tremendous fruit complexity."

        James Laube, The Wine Spectator Online, March 22, 2006

      • 93 points

        Wine Enthusiast, July 2006

      • 93 points

        "Despite its size, it maintains a complex elegance."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2006

      • 92 points

        Pinot Report, Issue #38

      • 90 points

        "Smooth and velvety."

        Steve Pitcher, The Wine News, April/May 2006

      • StarStarStarStar+

        "A supple, full-bodied, elegantly styled wine, which has refined, complex flavors."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #111

    • 2002

      • 90 points

        "Firm, intense and concentrated, with an engaging wild streak running through the zesty blackberry and wild berry fruit flavors."

        James Laube, The Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2004

      More Acclaim
      • 94 points 

        "Bold, silky and full of deep complex flavors."

        PinotReport, Issue #28

      • Puff  90 Points

        "It is a deep, outgoing, very well-muscled wine … about as rich as they come."

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, February 2005

      • "Excellent … supple and medium-rich … full-bodied, long on the palate."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #104

      • Top 100 Wines of 2004

        "Big, dark and powerful"

        San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 5, 2004

      • "Edwards has become the grande dame of Pinot for wines like this supple, spicy, berry-toned example."

        Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine Wine Guide, Jan. 12, 2006

      • "Exceptional"

        Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, Feb. 17, 2005

      • "Sweet, succulent and serious."

        Thom Elkjer, WineCountry.com, January/February 2005

      • California’s Best Wines of the Year

        "Silky-smooth texture, supple, fine-grained tannins and fine acid balance complete the elegant package."

        The Wine News, December 2004/January 2005

      • "Rich color, deep concentration of flavor. This is a seriously rich and intense wine … an outstanding example of what Pinot Noir can be in California."

        Narsai David, KCBS radio, Nov. 17, 2004

      • "Highly recommended"

        The California Grapevine, December 2004-January 2005

    • 2001

      • 93 points

        Rated among the top 13 of the Year's Best Pinot Noirs: "The Klopp Vineyard grew a luxurious pinot in 2001."

        Wine & Spirits, February 2005

      More Acclaim
      • 91 points

        "It is defined as much by juicy fruit as it is by its riper traits. Fixed on keenly focused cherries and adorned with lots of complementary oak, it builds on the palate."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2004

      • Star

        "Exceptional ... succulent and rich, an exceptional wine, with fine balance and length. It is full bodied, concentrated in flavor (raspberry, plum, cherry, with notes of tobacco, cedar and smoky oak), with a long, persistent finish."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #99

      • "This year, wines from both the '01 and '02 vintages scored well with us. Top among them was the '01 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir. It's pinot in luxury mode, rich and smooth ... a virtual snapshot of the lush but balanced nature of Edwards' wines."

        Ray Isle, managing editor, Wine & Spirits Annual Buying Guide

      • "Glorious wines from a variety of Sonoma vineyards. I particularly enjoyed ... the 2001 Klopp Ranch."

        The Seattle Times, Paul Gregutt, March 24, 2004

      • "Immediately my favorite from the first sniff. Lush richness with intensity & structure. This wine will age very much like a French Burgundy. Very impressive."

        Food & Wine Editor Narsai David, KCBS Radio, Jan. 13, 2004

    • 2000

      • 91 points

        "Deftly balanced, ripe and richly flavored… . Intense and concentrated, with firm, integrated tannins."

        James Laube, The Wine Spectator, April 10, 2003

      More Acclaim
      • From the Robb Cellar

        "Worthy of a place in your private collection. ... This is the Pinot Noir to satisfy devotees of Cabernet who contend that the former grape packs too little punch. An outstanding single-vineyard Pinot Noir ... full-bodied, richly textured and mouthwateringly luscious."

        The Robb Report, May 2003

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "Last year's Klopp Ranch offering was the biggest and fullest of the Merry Edwards' quartet, and nothing changes in 2000. Yet again a wine of  concentration, ripeness and ample mass."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, May 2003

      • 92 points

        The Wine Enthusiast, February 2003

      • Very highly recommended

        California Grapevine, December 2002-January 2003

      • No. 5

        The PinotReport, Special Awards Issue 2002

      • StarStarStarStar

        Restaurant Wine, Issue #92

      • 94 points

        "This is a complex, deep and delicious Pinot with lots to offer. Despite its depth, the wine’s balance will tempt you to drink it all now, but be patient."

        PinotReport, October 2002

    • 1999

      • Best Pinot Noir Over $20

        "(L)ushly textured, fruit-packed wine with a room-filling bouquet."

        Food & Wine Magazine, American Wine Awards, October 2002

      More Acclaim
      • "A gorgeous wine with ultra-pure black cherry fruit, near-perfect symmetry, and a very long finish."

        The Washington Post, Aug. 28, 2002

      • 92 points

        "Intense, deep fruit and oak — this is a Pinot with stuffing and style."

        PinotReport, June 2002

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "The biggest, ripest, and most downright opulent of the bunch."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, March 2002

      • 90+

        Wine & Spirits, February 2002

      • Star

        "These four Pinot Noirs are, bottle for bottle and from the same winery, among the finest we have tasted from the USA in the 1999 vintage."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine Issue #86, on all of Merry Edwards' 1999 Pinot Noirs

      • 93 points

        "Sweet and plush with lovely black cherry, blueberry and spice."

        Anthony Dias Blue, San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 26, 2001

      • 92 points

        "Very Highly Recommended"

        California Grapevine, December 2001-January 2002

      • "(A) smooth and detailed wine, with ripe, pure fruit flavors of cherry, plum and blueberry."

        Jim Laube's Hot Wine Pick, The Wine Spectator On Line, Aug. 31, 2001

      • 96 points

        "The 1999 Klopp Ranch will be another in a long line of award winning wines created by Merry Edwards."

        Global Vintage Quarterly magazine, in a pre-release evaluation

      • "Exceptional"

        Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, Nov. 1, 2001

    Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir
  • Merry's 40

    • 2013

      • 92 points

        "A special bottling commemorating Edwards' 40 years as a winemaker, this wine is made from a clonal selection created by her in 1975. The fruit is from both the Coopersmith and Georganne vineyards, made in a tiny amount. Built to age, it wraps earthy dried herbs around cherry, strawberry and boysenberry, with a juicy core of acidity. A forested hint of spearmint dances at its edge, as strong suggestions of bacon and pepper build on the finish. Drink now through 2028."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

      More Acclaim
      • 91 points

        "The 2013 Pinot Noir 40, made to celebrate Merry Edwards' four decades making wine, is rich, luscious and nicely balanced, with plenty of dark, creamy fruit and terrific balance. Sweet black cherry, plum, cola, mocha and dark spices are fused together in this deep, textured Pinot Noir."

        Antonio Galloni, Vinousmedia.com, February 2016

      • 91 points

        "This limited release is made entirely from Pinot Noir clone UCD 37, a selection created by Merry Edwards back in 1975, and it celebrates her fortieth year as a vintner. It is potent and powerful stuff to be sure but is at the same time extraordinarily deep and rich with an absolute wealth of well-defined, black cherry fruit and the solid, slightly sturdy build of a wine meant for aging. It is a Pinot that demands patience, and, while it earns enthusiastic endorsement now, it may not reach its full stride in advance of Merry’s "golden" anniversary."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2016

    Merry's 40
  • Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    • 2014

      • 93 points

        "A blend from several of the producer’s finest vineyards, including Georganne, Flax, Olivet Lane and Klopp, this offers complex notes of smoky lavender and licorice. Velvety texture underlies mouth-coating flavors of blackberry jam, pomegranate and cardamom, finishing tartly in acidity."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2017

      • 90 points

        "Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley has expressive black cherry and black raspberry notes with hints of violets, underbrush and yeast extract. Medium-bodied, plush and juicy in the mouth, it has a lively backbone and great length."

        Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, April 28, 2017

      • 92 points

        "Also reflecting its origins, the Russian River Valley bottling delivers more black fruit-like flavors rather than the red fruit of the Sonoma Coast. In contrast to the cooler Sonoma Coast bottling, this one is fleshier with a hint of savory notes. The fine-grained tannins contribute to its supple texture."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

      More Acclaim
      • Puff 90 points

        "It may not come with the prestige of single-vineyard designation, but this well-conceived effort is a wine that rivals its costlier mates in depth and fruity purity. It keys on decidedly juicy cherries from first sniff to finish and hints at increased complexity to come, and, although it is thoroughly enjoyable right now, its concentration, its careful structure and its striking palatal length send the clear message that this is a Pinot Noir that will last and only get better and better with time."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

      • 92 points

        "Merry's 2014 RRV Pinot is a bold, meaty wine that shows darker fruits with a hint of black tea and firm tannins. Merry's Pinots are typically robust, and this one's no exception. Though it would benefit from an additional year or two in the cellar, it is enjoyable now. Serve this bad boy with grilled meats or hearty stews, or pungent older cheeses."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 18, 2017

      • Star

        "The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is superb: ripe and intense in character (black cherry, blueberry, red currant, rosehips, peach), it is also quite rich and long on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a very persistent finish, displaying overtones of cedar, toast, and oak."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

    • 2013

      • 90 points

        "An outstanding example of Pinot Noir, the 2013 Pinot Noir has a beautiful dark ruby color, nice earthy, plum, black cherry and berry scent, medium to full body, good acidity and ripe, well-integrated tannin. Merry Edwards has been making Pinot Noir for more than 40 years, so it is no surprise she hits the highlights with this varietal. This young, vibrant Pinot should age beautifully for 10-15 years."

        Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

      More Acclaim
      • 95 points

        "The producer’s larger-production offering, this in no way suffers from not having a vineyard designated. Instead, it shows the prowess of blending, delivering a big, bold style with elegance and grace. Tangy cranberry and orange rind wrap themselves around powerful acidity and a silky body, finishing with notes of earth and cardamom."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2016

      • 90 points

         "It may not be as complex as the winery’s vintage-dated efforts, but this bottling is balanced, keenly focused on the pure fruit of the Russian River Valley, sports a slight but attractive whiff of rose petals and has good continuity from front to back. Its vital sense of balance does allow it to drift towards the pert end of the red cherry spectrum, and that slight bias makes it a bit more useful with lighter dishes like veal chops or even pan-grilled salmon now and over the next few years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2016

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "The Russian River Pinot is a splendid wine: supple, rich, well balanced, and finely flavored; a wine with both breadth and depth. It is crisp and long on the palate, with a very long, persistent finish, tasting of cherry, rosehips, red licorice, raspberry, toast, and spicy oak. Exceptional."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      • 90 points

        "Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, deep, fragrant, spicy, red currant and raspberry fruit aroma with a hint of cocoa; medium-full body; deep, rich, cedary, layered red fruit flavors with earthy notes and good acidity and structure; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a few more years of aging. Very highly recommended."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2016

      • "Absolutely striking"

        "A smoky pinot with bright cherry fruit and savory notes. This pinot has a great depth of flavor. Lush texture. Lingering finish. Absolutely striking."

        Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jan. 6, 2016

      • 90 points

        "This bottling comes from a variety of vineyards within the Russian River area and initially conveys a chunky black fruit essence. As it sits in the glass, engaging savory notes emerge striking a yin-yang type of balance. A hefty wine, though far from the all-too-common 'Pinot-masquerading-as-Syrah' style, it has a graceful footprint. Though eminently enjoyable now, I would decant it or at least let it sit in the glass for a half hour to allow its flavors to emerge."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2015

      • 90 points

        "As with just about all Merry Edwards wines, you'll want to give this a good decant if you want to get into it in the near term.  Deep black cherry, damp earth, brown spice, and touches of leaf and a hint of menthol come through on the nose and in the mouth, with a firm grip throughout.  A touch of oak shows on the finish now, but the decanter or the cellar will integrate that easily ... all of (Merry's) 2013's that I've had the pleasure of tasting should find their way into your collection."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Feb. 16, 2016

      • 90 points

        "Merry's Russian River Valley appellation Pinot is a solid wine that is rich and earthy with notes of spice and a fair amount of grip on the back end. It needs another two to three years to show its best, but is drinkable now if decanted and given some air."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 16, 2016

      • 90 points

        "This dark violet colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a fragrant blackberry bouquet with hints of black raspberry and wet stone. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic, juicy and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral and mild smoky oak influenced ripe blackberry with notes of black raspberry. The finish is dry and its flavors fade away nicely."

        Ken's Wine Guide, January 2016

    • 2012

      • 90 points

        "Sourced from six different vineyards, this is a broadly pleasing wine, fruity in blackberry and raspberry that veers even into cranberry and cassis territory without getting bogged down. Substantial and lush, it’s tightly woven in tannin and savory herb, ready to open itself over time. Patience will reward with more exotic interweavings of vanilla-cola and tea."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015

      More Acclaim
      • 92 points

        "This is Merry's entry level Pinot. Sort of. While it may not have the same cachet as her vineyard-designate Pinots, the RRV is an impressive wine nonetheless. Earthy and tarry, with a distinct leafy character, the nose is the first clue this is an old-fashioned Merry Edwards blockbuster. On the palate it has weight and depth, with bold black and red raspberry aromas, a hint of forest floor and a finish that shows a bit of wood spice. The tannins are firm, suggesting another year or two in the cellar might benefit the wine immensely."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 7, 2015

      • "Wines you have to try"

        KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David takes a trip to Russian River Valley and sings the praises of Merry's Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/13/narsai-david-heading-to-the-russian-river-valley-for-merry-edward-wines/

        Narsai David, KCBS Radio, March 13, 2015

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "The Russian River bottling is exceptional: round, intensely flavored, and full bodied; a concentrated wine with ripe, complex aromas/flavors (cherry, raspberry, cassis, strawberry, toast, vanilla, oak), and a long finish. Great value!"

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      • 92 points

        "Merry Edward's 'normal' bottling shows her artistry as a blender, with fruit from six different Russian River vineyards in play.  Vibrant cola rides over black cherry fruit, mild damp earth and sandalwood aromas, with excellent translation to flavors on the palate.  The finish shows concentration and integration of the flavors and lingers long.  This makes a great solo sipper, or a pairing for roast pork or game birds."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, April 14, 2015

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "It is not at all uncommon that Ms. Edwards' appellation bottlings are accomplished Pinot Noirs that should not be seen as being somehow lesser in stature, and this one emphatically makes the point. It is deep in defined, ripe cherry fruit, comfortably filled out with vanillin oak and gathers complexing elements of sweet spice as it goes, and it teases with the supple, near-velvety feel of well-made Pinot before firming up nicely at the end. It is very much a wine deserving of age and will continue to grow for at least another five or six years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2015

      • 90 points

        "Merry Edwards consistently makes a stunning array of Pinot Noirs.  Four recent releases from the 2012 vintage continue her streak.  This one, a blend from grapes grown in several vineyards in the Russian River Valley, delivers a wonderful tension between ripe fruit flavors and smoky savory nuances.  Nicely balanced, its texture seemingly caresses the palate.  It clearly conveys the ripe quality of California Pinot Noir but does so with a Burgundian signature of flavor without weight."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Aug. 25, 2015

      • 91 points

        "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very good. It opens with a cherry-cola and mild vanilla oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a tasty red raspberry with notes of oak and plum. I also detected hints of strawberry and cola. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Aug. 12, 2015

      • 90 points

        "Medium-light to medium ruby; initially restrained, red and black berry fruit aroma with hints of toasty oak and cocoa; medium to medium-full body; forward, rich, red and black fruit flavors with good depth and balance; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now. Very highly recommended."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, March 2015

      • 90 points

        "Lush and dense with ripe blackberry and cassis; spicy with notes of earth and cola; long, balanced and lovely".

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," April 2015

    • 2011

      • 90 points

        "Bright, deep red. Wild, brambly boysenberry and blackberry aromas are accented by a note of sassafras. Suave, supple and intense, with good peppery lift as well as some very ripe suggestions to the flavors of dark berries, violet, smoke and earth. Finishes with a restrained sweetness and a touch of dryness."

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014

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      • "Luscious and compulsively drinkable"

        "Merry Edwards' name is well known to lovers of elegant California Pinot Noir, and this Russian River Valley wine is a perfect example of the winemakers' style. Although the wine is quite refined, it's also luscious and compulsively drinkable. You may want to eat a second chicken just to justify a second bottle."

        Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2014

      • 90 points

        "Merry's basic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is made in the same rich, full-throated style as her vineyard-designate wines, but the price is less painful and they are ready to drink upon release. The 2011 delivers juicy red-fruited aromas of raspberry and strawberry, with an intriguing earthiness."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 2014

      • 90 points

        "Merry Edwards consistently produces a stunning array of Pinot Noir and 2011 was no exception.  This one, a blend from vineyards within the Russian River Valley, is the most straightforward and most immediately appealing.  Hints of sweet oak are still apparent but marry well with savory notes.  This luxuriously textured Pinot Noir has good weight without heaviness, making it a good choice for a robust cut of beef tonight."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, May 2014

      • 90 points

        "This opaque and dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with blueberry and boysenberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a ripe black raspberry and oak blend with notes of black pepper and plum. The finish is dry and its flavors are very nicely prolonged. This fruit driven Pinot will be a crowd pleaser."

        Ken's Wine Guide, June 2014

    • 2010

      • 91 points

        "Most Pinot Noirs would kill to have this depth of flavor. Although it’s the winery’s most basic, non-vineyard-designated Pinot, it’s a fantastic wine, rich, mellow and delicious. Offers wave after wave of cherries, currants, cola, pomegranates and persimmons that are as sweet as jam, yet the finish is thoroughly dry. The wine is a masterful blend of seven vineyards."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

      More Acclaim
      • 91 points

        "The 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a big, juicy, exuberant wine loaded with character. Plums, black cherries, menthol, licorice and sweet spices all literally explode from the glass. This dark, full-bodied Pinot is loaded with Russian River character. The 2010 isn't particularly subtle, but it is flat-out delicious in its huge fruit and generous. inviting personality. Readers who love rich Pinots will flip out over the 2010."

        Antonio Galloni, April 2013

      • StarStarStarStar+

        "(V)ery 'Burgundian' in the best sense (flavor, texture, balance, oak integration). Fleshy in texture and complex, this is an intensely fruity (raspberry, cherry, plum jam, red licorice) wine with layers of oak complexity (toast, caramel, woodsmoke), and excellent depth and length. Very long persistence."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

      • "Highly recommended"

        "(A)ttractive, fragrant, spicy. Bing cherry and red berry fruit aroma with a hint of clove; medium-full body; rich, textured, herbal, red berry fruit flavors with overtones of toasty oak."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, April 2013

      • 91 points

        "This opaque and very dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a black currant bouquet with a hint of old oak and boysenberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acid, mouthwatering and juicy. The flavor profile is a ripe plum with notes of black currant and old oak. I also detected some hints of black pepper and black raspberry. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins show some nice length."

        Ken's Wine Guide, July 29, 2013

      • 91 points

        "The 2010 RRV is Merry's "now" pinot noir, with bright red-fruited aromas, a touch of lightness and elegance on the palate, and integrated tannins that provide a bit of grip without astringency. There is a hint of damp earth and a long, lingering finish that is sure to please even the most demanding of pinot lovers."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, June 2013

    • 2009

      • 91 points

        "This firm wine features tangy acidity but also ripeness that leads to berry pie. Full-bodied, elegant and balanced, very tight and vibrant, this is slow to unfold, but gains as it does."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 27, 2011

      More Acclaim
      • 90 points / "Very highly recommended"

        "Attractive, fragrant, earth, black cherry fruit aroma with hints of cola and smoked meat ... dark cherry fruit flavors with firm acidity and notes of toasty oak."

        California Grapevine, March 2012

      • StarStar+

         "A full-bodied, supple, beautifully balanced Pinot with generous fruit character (plum, raspberry, black licorice), crisp acidity, and a persistent finish. A wonderful wine."

        Restaurant Wine, July 2012

      • "I'm thrilled, captivated ..."

        "I think one of the things Pinot Noir/Burgundy fanatics love about the variety is a certain sauvage character -- a kind of wildness of flavor that sometimes expresses as earthiness. ... I'm a Pinot/Burgundy fanatic, so I love this flavor characteristic. I'm smelling and tasting it now in the Merry Edwards 2009 Russian River Pinot. ... When I get that in RR Pinots, I'm thrilled, captivated ... though very drinkable now ... I think it will get even better with some bottle age. It's balanced, the key to aging, and likely will be even more interesting and intriguing."

        Barbara Ensrud, Be Wine Wise, October 2012

    • 2008

      • No. 1 Pinot Noir

        Merry Edwards was named No. 1 Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual Restaurant Poll.

        Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2011

      More Acclaim
      • 'Excellent'

        "The 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir "features scents and flavors of slightly roasted black cherries, currants and plums with a hint of blueberry and smoke. Wonderful presence and tone here, great lift from vibrant acidity, intriguing aspects of fruitcake and cloves; you feel the gravitational pull of sanded tannins through the finish. A deeply gratifying specimen (and completely to Russian River type) of the pinor noir grape. Excellent."

        Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head blog, Nov. 27, 2011

      • 93 points

        Cellar Selection

        Wine Enthusiast magazine, August 2011

      • 90 points

        "This very dark ruby colored Pinot opens with a plum bouquet with hints of blueberry and pomegranate. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, and juicy. It is very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a very tasty black plum and red currant blend with a hint of gentle old oak and black pepper. The finish is dry and its fine tannins are gentle and easy going."

        Ken's Wine Guide, July 10. 2011

    • 2007

      • 90 points

        "Tight, firm and vibrant, full-bodied, with a mix of fresh earth, mineral and dusty berry fruit that gets a nice lift on the finish, where this is the most complex and tempting."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, 2010

      • 92 points

        "Marked by fresh, sleek acidity and firm, dusty tannins, this is a Pinot to stash in the cellar for a while. ... (L)et the black cherries, red currants and cola mesh with the oak and transform with the magic of bottle age."

        Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2009

      • 92 Points "Smart Buy"

        "Medium-deep ruby color; deep, ripe, earthy, lavender aromas with red cherry notes; rich, ripe, full red cherry flavors with earthy, herbal notes; silky texture, good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, rich Pinot with lots of layers."

        PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

      More Acclaim
      • 93 Points

        "Year in and year out, Merry Edwards makes fabulous Pinot Noir, whether it's her single vineyard wines or one like this, a blend from seven different vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley. With this wine, she manages to capture the ripe fruit flavors common to California Pinot Noir and elusive herbal earthy notes. Autumnal leafy nuances and a floral component add depth and complexity but not weight. Silky tannins impart a glossy texture."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2009

      • 90 Points

        "This is a rich Russian River Valley pinot, emphasizing the sweetness of oak, of dark plum and figgy fruit. There's plenty of weight and ripeness, but the wine is seamless and doesn't feel heavy. Brighter floral tones add a touch of elegance, even while this has the power to match braised oxtail."

        Wine & Spirits Magazine - Year's Best Pinot Noirs, April 2010

      • Wines for Thanksgiving

        "Merry is possibly America's greatest master of Pinot Noir. She offers several bottlings, including some single vineyard Pinots, but this Russian River Valley wine is too good to pass up. Her Pinots are truly works of art."

        Dick Rosano, weeklywinepick.com, Nov. 24, 2010

      • "The Perfect Complement"

        "This is one of the most elegant pinots I have tasted in quite some time, with loads of flavors and structure carrying all the way to the finish."

        Lain Bradford, The Island Packet, Aug. 11, 2010

      • StarStarStar

        Four Stars

        Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

      • 91+ Points

        "Deep ruby; expressive terroir notes, black raspberry, earthy with a floral grace note ... velvety mouth feel; sweet fruit, plump middle and firmly structured."

        Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, June 2, 2010

      • StarStarStar

        "Good, firm, well-knit, black cherry and toasty oak flavors."

        Quarterly Review of Wines, Summer 2010

      • Exceptional

        "Black cherry and herbs with ripe fruit in the mouth; heftier than most."

        Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, June 10, 2010

      • 90 Points

        "While solidly on the varietal track and showing a good sense of well-ripened cherries as its major theme, this weighty working stands slightly apart from its cellarmates by dint of its accents of roasted walnuts and earth."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2010

      • StarStarStar

        "Merry Edwards made her considerable reputation on distinctive pinot noir wines from California's Russian River Valley, so it seems right that one of her wines came in first in a blind tasting of California and Oregon pinots... Full fruit flavor deepened with woodland notes and a sense of the earth. Evocative nose offered touches of hay, smoke, cedar and spice. Colored a beautiful deep garnet. Serve with seared duck breast, beef stew, foie gras."

        Bill Daley, The Chicago Tribune, Jan. 6, 2010

      • 92 points

        "Merry Edwards has another winner with this offering from the Russian River Valley. It is a brilliant dark ruby in color. It opens with a mild red raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this Pinot is medium bodied, very well balanced, and really smooth. The flavor profile is a very tasty strawberry with notes of black raspberry. The finish is dry and its fine and very well managed tannins are very nicely prolonged. This wine would pair nicely with a pork tenderloin."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Aug. 13, 2009

      • 91 Points

        "Medium garnet-crimson hue. Lovely bouquet of black fruit compote, forest floor and smoke. Very expressive on the palate with cola and soft black and red fruit flavors accented by a bit of mocha in a lush, silky texture with a long finish."

        Lyn Farmer, The Wine News, Summer 2009

    • 2006

      • More generous...

        "It's easy to pay a lot of money for domestic pinot noir. Some wines aren't worth the money, but these are some good ones if you have the cash... The 2006 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is more generous, with juicy cherry and raspberry, nice spice and fine tannins."

        Laurie Daniel - San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 18, 2008

      More Acclaim
      • Quintessential Russian River Valley

        "...this wine is quintessential Russian River Valley. The terroir here makes wines that have abundant plum, dark berry, and dark sour cherry notes on both the nose and the palate that are lip smacking and lush. The full body and velvety texture hint at the Titian-style ripeness that is characteristic of this wine."

        Summer Whitford - winespecialist.wordpress.com, March 11, 2009

      • "Big nose, full of black cherry. This one's darker and fuller than its coastal cousin, with more tannins and a drier finish. It would definitely pair well with grilled meats, coq au vin, mushroom soup or dark breads."

        Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, Nov. 7, 2008

      • 90.3 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, Jan. 3, 2008

    • 2005

      • Wines of the Year

        Pinot Noir: Merry Edwards Russian River Valley

        Tom Simoneau, KSRO Radio, December 2007

      More Acclaim
      • StarStarStarStar

        “Classic aromas of earthy cherry with a hint of white pepper and spice. Glossy and smooth with a bright, zesty finish.”

        Decanter.com, April 2008

      • 91 Points

        "Aromas and flavors of cherries, black cherries, and raspberries, with firm tannins.  Bold yet elegant, with cola accents."

        Chile Pepper, September 2008

      • Puff Puff 91 Points

        "As has happened before in the past, the winery's basic Russian River Valley appelation bottling challenges its pricier vineyard-designate siblings. Long on ripe cherries with a fine sense of concentration from front to back…"

        Connoisseurs' Guide, February 2008

      • 90 points

        "This Russian River bottling conveys both nuances of raspberry flavors and hints of smoky earth that explains the popularity of Pinot Noir."

        Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, Jan. 22, 2008

      • StarStarStarStar

        "Complex and lovely. Aromas and flavors of cherry, cola, tea and spice. Balanced. Good length. Showy."

        Press Democrat, Jan. 9, 2008

    • 2004

      • 91 points

        "Merry Edwards has Russian River Pinot Noir down, defining it here with the delicate scent and velvet texture of a rose petal."

        Wine & Spirits, February 2007

      More Acclaim
      • 93 points

        "A mélange of grapes from five Russian River Valley vineyards including Meredith, Klopp and Olivet Lane, this is a powerfully lush Pinot.  Packed full of dark berry richness, it’s as seductive as Pinot gets."

        Leslie Sbrocco, Wine Review Online, Sept. 5, 2006

      • The richness on the palate is exciting.

        "The richness on the palate is exciting.  This calls for a great prime rib, or maybe a roast rack of pork."

        Narsai David, In the Kitchen with Narsai, KCBS Radio,  December 18, 2006

      • 91 points

        "This one offers aromas of black cherry and brown spices as well as a whiff of earthiness that is a beautiful complexity.  It also deepened and revealed more layers and nuance after decanting."

        Robert Whitley, winereviewonline.com, Nov. 21, 2006

      • 93 points

        "A mélange of grapes from five Russian River Valley vineyards including Meredith, Klopp and Olivet Lane, this is a powerfully lush Pinot.  Packed full of dark berry richness, it’s as seductive as Pinot gets."

        Leslie Sbrocco, winereviewonline.com, Sept. 5, 2006

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "Exceptional"

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #116

    • 2003

      • 92 points

        "Intense and concentrated, with ripe, rich layers..."

        James Laube, The Wine Spectator Online, March 22, 2006

      More Acclaim
      • 92 points

        James Laube, The Wine Spectator, Dec. 15, 2006

      • StarsStarStarStar

        Four stars

        Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

      • 92 points

        "Plush and juicy …with generous, spicy berry fruit and a silky texture"

        Steve Pitcher, The Wine News, April/May 2006

      • 91 points

        Pinot Report, Issue #38

      • Exceptional

        "Exceptional, a delicious Pinot, that is intensely flavored, fleshy in texture, full bodied, and very long on the finish."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #111

    • 2002

      • StarStarStarStar

        "Full bodied, round…a generously flavored Pinot Noir."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #104

      More Acclaim
      • 94 points

        "A big and beautiful style of Pinot—has great presence now but will definitely get better in the bottle."

        PinotReport, Issue #28

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "The wine recalls the solidity of northerly Côte de Nuits Burgundies..."
        Good Value

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, February 2005

      • Exceptional

        "Exceptional. An elegant and tasty wine that works with roast meats."

        Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, May 5, 2005

      • "Highly recommended"

        The California Grapevine, December 2004-January 2005

    • 2001

      • Puff Puff 91 points

        "...the most plentiful of Ms. Edwards’ very good Pinots, this well-ripened wine comes with the depth and density that are hallmarks of its maker…its palate-coating viscosity and persistent sense of richness make it a more than worthy member of the clan."

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004

      More Acclaim
      • 91 points

        "Outstanding."

        Pinot Report

      • "Exceptional"

        "Exceptional. Luscious and full bodied, this is a finely balanced wine, with a long finish. It tastes of black cherry, plum, toasted oak, clove, and pomegranate."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #99

      • "(H)as an elegance balanced by a firm tannic backbone that will age beautifully for a few years."

        Food & Wine Editor Narsai David, KCBS Radio, Jan. 13, 2004

    • 2000

      • 93 points - One of the "Top 100 Wines of 2003"

        "Big Pinot, opening with a blast of black cherries, truffle, smoke, new kid leather and a thousand other scents. Rich, dense and fruity—a delight packed with pure cherry flavors. Yet it feels light as a feather, soft as silk."

        Wine Enthusiast, “Best of Year” Issue

      More Acclaim
      • 93 points, Editors’ Choice

        "Rich, dense and fruity—a delight packed with pure cherry flavors. Yet it feels light as a feather, soft as silk."

        Steve Heimoff, The Wine Enthusiast, February 2003

      • Puff Puff 92 points

        "This impressively filled offering is simply loaded with well- extracted fruit and is fit with just the right measure of lightly toasty oak. Big in body and wonderfully supple with an altogether classic velvety feel, it is ripe and rich without becoming hot or heavy and it carries into a lengthy, ripe-cherry finish."

        Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine, November 2002

      • 90 points

        "Very nice tart berry/cherry style with enough stuffing to keep up with most food."

        PinotReport, August 2002

      • StarStarStarStar

        "The RRV is extremely well balanced, supple and full bodied, with medium intensity and a lightly tannic finish. Tastes of raspberry, toast, nutmeg, baked cherry, and new oak."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #91

      • "Favorite Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs"

        The San Francisco Chronicle wine tasting panel rated Merry Edwards 2000 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir among their "Favorite Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs"

        San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 28, 2002

      • 'Highly Recommended'

        "Shows distinctive varietal character and should continue to develop with several more years of bottle aging."

        California Grapevine, October-November 2002

    • 1999

      • 90 points

        "...among the finest we have tasted from the USA in the 1999 vintage."

        Wine & Spirits, February 2002

      More Acclaim
      • 91 point

        "Big and full in mouth with juicy blackberry and cherry flavors, complex spice component, good structure and balance."

        Pinot Report, June 2002

      • StarStarStarStarHalf Star

        4 1/2 stars

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #86

      •  "Lovely aromas and pure fruit with just the right dose of oak."

        The Washington Post, August 28, 2002

      • "Pinot Noir of the Year"

        Tom Simoneau, KSRO radio

      • Puff 90 points

        "The wine is precise in fruit, smoothly textured and fairly long on the palate, and it ends with just the right spark of snappy acidity at the finish. Its sense of seamless integration is what separates it from the crowd."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, November 2001 issue

      • Second place (90 of 100 points)

        "Very highly recommended"

        California Grapevine, August - September 2000

      • "A long, lingering, delicious aftertaste…"

        Narsai David, KCBS Food News, Aug. 24, 2000

      • StarStarStarStar

        "You need a dozen o's in 'smooth' to describe this wine. A blend of four different vineyards, it captures Merry's signature style. Lots of black cherry fruit is layered with pepper notes and a dash of smokiness. Drink now."

        Wines of the Week by Leslie Sbrocco, The New York Times, Dec. 4, 2001

    • 1998

      • "Best of the Best"

        San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2001

      More Acclaim
      • "It's a work of art......stunning!"

        Tom Simoneau, The Wine Guy, KSRO radio

      • In honor of Valentine's Day, the February issue of Food & Wine Magazine selected the 1998 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir as one of its "Seductive 7" red wines.

        Food & Wine Magazine

      • StarStarStar "Excellent"

        San Francisco Chronicle

      • "Luscious"

        "Merry Edwards 1998 Russian River Pinot Noir is more luscious than the 1997 wine, smooth and full with great depth."

        Gerald Boyd, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 10, 2001

      • StarStarStarStar

        "Still in its youth, but what a pretty wine. Though nice to drink now, it should grow up beautifully too."

        Leslie Sbrocco, WineToday.com, Nov. 13, 2000

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "One of the best ‘98 Pinot Noirs we’ve tasted. ... A supple, well-balanced wine, with good character and a long finish. Best wine we’ve tasted form this winemaker."

        Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, Restaurant Wine, Issue #79

    • 1997

      • Cellar Selection

        "In this first release of Pinot Noir under her own label, Edwards has adopted traditional Burgundian techniques to making the wine, like cold soaking the grapes prior to fermentation in small open-top fermenters and punching down the cap of grape skins and whole berries by hand. This labor-intensive work produces a deeper colored Pinot with more intense berry-rich flavors and a long concentrated finish. This 1997 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has a lovely medium-ruby color. Up-front black-cherry and boiled-tea aromatics dominate the nose. The flavors show more toasted oak and chocolate. The wine is smooth and silky with loads of fruit and soft, fine tannins. The finish is firm fruity with great promise."

        Gerald Boyd, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 15, 1999

    Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • Tobias Glen Pinot Noir

    • 2007

      • 93 points

        "Drinkable now, but has the structure for the cellar. Grown in a Forestville vineyard from modern Dijon clones, it’s very fruity, offering clean, pure flavors of cherries, raspberries, blueberries and spices. The cool climate contributes fresh, zesty acidity, but the tannins are considerable. Beautiful now with decanting, and should (continue to) develop."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2010

      More Acclaim
      • Puff 90 points

        "Focus on ripe red cherries ... with hints of tomato and dried wildflowers competing for background positions. Firm on the palate and a touch tangy at the end, this wine earns points for its depth and richness."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2010

      • 91 Points "Smart Buy"

        "Silky texture; sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright, rich Pinot that's ready to drink."

        PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

      • 91 points "Best Wines of the Year"

        "(A) fresh lift of acidity (adds) tension and minerality to the tannin. The fruit is dark and impenetrable until air opens the tannins and light begins to show through, transparent, warm and inviting. Scents of tart blueberries, violets and wildflower honey develop over time. Built to cellar or to decant for roast squab stuffed with cranberries and wild mushrooms."

        Wine&Spirits, reviewed June 2010, "Best Wines of the Year," April 2011

      • 9 / 10 points

        "Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine has a nice nose of plummy fruit with hints of lavender. On the palate it offers distinctive, dark fruit characters that hint at black cherry, plum, and blueberry around a core of raspberry. Smooth tannins emerge in the lengthy finish."

        Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, March 24, 2009

    • 2006

      • 92 points

        "Similar to the excellent 2005, this bottling needs some time in the cellar to let the fruit, tannins, acids and oak knit together. Tasted in early winter of 2009, it's fresh and dramatic, with ripe flavors of cherries, raspberries, currants, cola, licorice, orange zest and cedar. Try toward 2010."

        Wine Enthusiast, August 2009

      More Acclaim
      • 92 Points 

        "Keyed in the nose on the pure, cherry-like fruit that exemplifies Russian River Valley Pinot Noir at its best, this wine shows both plenty of depth and an uncommon sense of sophistication right from the very first."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2009

      • "The coolest site in the Merry Edwards’ empire is Tobias Glen and is usually the last to be harvested. The 2006 is a concentrated gathering of black and blue fruit. Here, the Merry Edwards magic is visible. She began purchasing the fruit in 2003 and began revitalizing the vines with organic mushroom compost. Today, the wine has an earthy richness and concentration that should cellar for the long term."

        crushandpress.blogspot.com, June 2, 2009

      • "This Pinot opens with a faint red cherry and plum like bouquet with a hint of spice detected as well. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth, and very easy to drink. It displays juicy strawberry flavors with hints of light raspberry and licorice mixed in as well. The finish is quite dry and its noticeable medium tannins linger for quite some time. This wine would pair very nicely with prime rib or an herb encrusted rack of lamb."

        kenswineguide.com, May 18, 2009

    • 2005

      • Puff Puff 92 Points

        "Deep and optimally ripened, black cherry fruit is the star of the show here, yet it is supported by lots of complementary, mildly caramelly oak and is accented by subtle touches of dried flowers.  A solid and well-structured Pinot with plenty of meat on its bones."

        Connoisseurs’ Guide, June 2008

      More Acclaim
      • StarStar 

        "(D)usky, weighty aromas of concentrated fruit brighten with lingering red cherry and earthy berry flavors."

        The Chronicle Wine Selections, SFGate.com, May 2, 2008

      • Highly recommended

        "(S)picy, toasty, raspberry fruit aroma with a note of cinnamon; rich, textured, herbal, cherry and raspberry fruit flavors with a plush mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste."

        California Grapevine, April-May 2008

    • 2004

      • 90.6 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, Nov. 4, 2008

    Tobias Glen Pinot Noir
  • Windsor Gardens

    • 2003

      • 95 points

        "a perennial CGCW favorite"*

        *received three puffs for four out of five vintages

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, October 2005

      More Acclaim
      • 95 points

        "A great Pinot for the cellar."

        Greg Walter, PinotReport, Issue #33

      • 90 points

        Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Robert Whitley’s Wine Reviews On Line, September 29, 2005

      • 90 points

        "Very highly recommended"

        -California Grapevine, August-September 2005

    • 2002

      • 94 points

        One of the top 12 Pinot Noirs of 2004

        The 2005 Pinot Passion Awards, PinotReport February 2005

      More Acclaim
      • 91.8 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, August 22, 2008

      • 94 points

        "...great intensity and depth of flavor."

        PinotReport, Issue #24

      • 93 points

        "Wow; the intensity of fruit flavor is matched by vibrant acidity and a firm tannic texture in this super-focused and concentrated wine."

        Jim Gordon, Wine Country Living, June 2004

      • 92 points

        "...This one isn’t heavy, it’s just complete. Flashy stuff."

        Wine & Spirits, October 2004

      • 92 points 

        "Very highly recommended"

        California Grapevine, August/September 2004

      • Puff Puff 92 points

        "Ms Edwards’ Windsor Gardens bottlings have been perennial CGCW favorites, and so again the vineyard walks away with very high scores. Deep, dense and brimming with wonderfully well-defined Pinot fruit, it sports the luxuriant texture that comes only with first-rate workings of the grape."

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2004

      • 91 points

        "Focused aromas of cherry, peppermint, cedar and mocha. Vibrant acidity frames tooth-coating flavors..."

        The Wine News, August/September 2004

      • 91 points 

        "Very complete from start to finish with a concentrated core of ripe, firm black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, herb and olive notes, holding its focus and showing a firm structure, with a finish that takes you back to the firm, vibrant flavors it starts with."

        James Laube, The Wine Spectator, August 31, 2004

    • 2001

      • Puff Puff Puff 95 points

        "Always among the deepest of the Edwards Pinots, and often the leader of the vintage, the Windsor Gardens bottling scoops the competition again for its fully fruited, well-stuffed, optimally ripened aromas of cherries tinged with dried violets and crème brulée oak. It is velvety and balanced on the palate with inviting, still nascent flavors leading to a long, slightly youthfully tight finish and a touch of alcoholic heat. Yet, time in the bottle is all that is needed to see this exceptional wine grow and get even better yet"

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004

      • 94 points

        "This is a big, complex Pinot that has a lot of time ahead of it."

        Greg Walter, publisher, PinotReport, October 2003

      • 92 points

        "An impressive wine..............."

        Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, April 2004

      • Wine & Spirits magazine rated Merry Edwards 2001 Windsor Gardens Pinot Noir "among the year's best"

        Wine & Spirits Magazine

      • 91 points

        Wine & Spirits, January/February 2004

      • 90 points

        "Jammy aromas of black plum, black currant, grilled meat and rose water. Plush close highlighted by ripe cherry and dried flowers."

        The Wine News, February/March 2004

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        Decanter Magazine rates Merry Edwards Windsor Gardens 2001 Pinot Noir in the "Top Ten of 2003"
        "This Pinot exhibits lovely cherry, rose petal and violet fragrances and its flavours are amazingly layered. On the palate it is pure Pinot in its velvety texture and luscious finish. Balanced and refined."

        Norm Roby , Decanter, December 2003

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "Superb; a stunning Pinot Noir, which is intensely flavored, luscious and long on the palate, tasting of cherry, plum, red currant, blueberry, toast and tobacco. Very long persistence."

        Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, in a featured SPOTLIGHT of three 2001 Merry Edwards wines in Restaurant Wine, Issue #97

      • Top 100 Wines of 2004

        "This hedonistic, silky-textured wine is aromatic and rich..."

        San Francisco Chronicle, December 5, 2004

      • "WOW"

        "Deep red color. Splendid concentration of ripe cherry rose aromas follows right onto the palate. This wine simply defines Pinot Noir. Balanced elegance with enough of a backbone to age beautifully for a few years. WOW!"

        Narsai David praising Merry Edwards Pinot Noir on the Bay Area’s KCBS Radio 81 AM on October 1, 2003

    • 2000

      • Puffs Puff Puff 95 points

        "Right in step with its outstanding precursor from 1999...Moderately full-bodied and impeccably balanced with the fine feel of varietal velvet on the palate, it is every bit as lively as it is rich..."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, May 2003

      More Acclaim
      • 94 points

        "“Wow! This Pinot shows incredible complexity and depth — everything you’d want in a Pinot is here."

        PinotReport, October 2002

      • 92 points

        "High scores from The Wine Enthusiast!"

        California Grapevine, December 2002-January 2003

      • "Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, December 2002-January 2003

      • Merry Edwards Windsor Gardens Pinot Noir was number nine.

        The PinotReport Special Awards Issue 2002

      • StarStarStarStar

        Restaurant Wine, Issue #92

    • 1999

      • Puffs Puff Puff 95 points

        "This stunning Pinot is simply brimming with ripe black cherries, and, if its accent is clearly on ripeness, it never lets go of its very deep and keenly centered fruit."

        November 2001 issue of Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

      More Acclaim
      • 91 points

        "Deeply concentrated with great fruit and structure."

        PinotReport, June 2002

      • 90+

        Wine & Spirits Magazine rated all four of the 1999 Merry Edwards Pinot Noirs with scores of 90 or above.

        Wine & Spirits, February 2002

      • StarStarStarStarStar

        "These four Pinot Noirs are, bottle for bottle and from the same winery, among the finest we have tasted from the USA in the 1999 vintage."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine Issue #86

      • First Place (92 of 100 points)

        "Very highly recommended"

        California Grapevine, October-November 2001

    Windsor Gardens
  • Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

    • 2014

      • 92+ points

        "Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers an earthy nose of underbrush, moss, dusty soil and truffles over notes of crushed Bing cherries and cranberries, plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium-bodied, elegant and fresh in the mouth, the red berry and earth flavors are well-supported by chewy tannins and give a nice long finish."

        Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, April 28, 2017

      • 94 points

        "This is from one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the area, owned and farmed by Bob Pellegrini, and a place that has provided grapes for Edwards since the 1980s. Spicy pine and cardamom greet the nose and palate, as silky smooth layers of rose and wild strawberry meet cardamon and vanilla. Medium-bodied, it remains complex and balanced as it develops additional nuance in the glass."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2017

      • 96 points

        "The Olivet Lane is always one of Merry’s most complex Pinots, and the 2014 is no exception. This wine shows layered red fruits and spice, with a note of black tea and exquisite flesh and richness for a wine with such firm tannins. This is a wine that will improve in the cellar. Peak maturity likely won’t arrive for another three to five years, so a bit of patience is in order."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 21, 2017

      • 95 points

        "There are fewer savory elements in Merry Edwards’ Olivet Lane compared to the Coopersmith and Meredith, but the crystalline purity of the red fruit flavors is astounding.  The savory slightly mushroom-y nuances appear with time, which reinforces an important point when drinking (or tasting) her wines.  They develop in front of your eyes over hours so these are wines to savor and think about while you eat."

         

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

      More Acclaim
      • 91 points / Very highly recommended

        "Medium-light to medium ruby; forward, assertive, deep, cherry fruit aroma with notes of clove and forest floor, and a hint of milk chocolate; medium-full body; deep, rich, layered, red fruit flavors; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A bit rough and youthful at present, needing several more years of bottle aging."

         

        California Grapevine, December 2016

      • 90 points

        "Long on ripe cherries, hinting at a bit of crème brûlée sweetness and graced with a light touch of dried flowers, this buoyant bottling begins with full flush of fruit and then, in the typical manner of Olivet Lane Pinots, tightens up and gets fairly pert in progression. It is not a small wine by any means, but it will need a few years of time before fully unfolding, and it is likely to stand slightly apart in style from its richer siblings even when fully mature."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

      •  

        "A classic Russian River Pinot Noir. It is intense and complex in character (cherry, kola nut, clove, rosehips, vanilla, red currant, blueberry, nutmeg), supple in texture, very long on the palate, and harmonious and persistent on the finish."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

    • 2013

      • 94 points / Cellar Selection

         

        "Baked bread and lavender jump out on the nose of this perennially delicious wine, which in this vintage shines in red fruit with a crisp citrus undertone. Elegant and graceful, it offers moderate tannins that will withstand aging, finishing in spicy nutmeg and wild vanilla."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2016

      • 96 points

         

        "Olivet Lane is Merry Edwards' big gun and the big gun always fires. The 2013 vintage from this splendid Russian River Valley property is deeply scented with a spicy, grapey perfume. On the palate the wine is layered and powerful, showing exceptional dimension while remaining elegant and in balance. There is a touch of forest floor and firm grip on the finish. Outstanding now, but even better in another three to five years."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2015

      • 93 points /

         

        "In contrast to the well-liked Coopersmith effort below, this one shows its nuanced side from the beginning but it does so with far less extract and concentration and, instead, is keyed to the compact, slow-to-develop track so often seen with Olivet Lane wines. Its fruit is clean, precise and restrained yet totally on point as Pinot Noir in its delivery of red cherries and dried wild flowers graced by richly supportive oak. The hints of suppleness and velvet in its texture are early signs of finesse that will develop over time, and while five years of age is sure to help, we would not be surprised by more."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2016

      •      

        "The 2013 Olivet Lane (Edwards first made a Pinot from this vineyard in the 1986 vintage), one of the Russian River’s most celebrated vineyards—it is superb: velvety in texture, full bodied, and very long and harmonious on the palate, with a lingering finish. It has rich but subtle aromas/flavors, tasting of strawberry, cherry, red currant, toast, caramel, and clove."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      • 95 points

         

        "With a different profile than her other Pinots -- more red than black fruit intermingled with the hard to describe “leafy” character -- Merry Edwards’ Olivet Lane shows the virtue of single vineyard bottlings.  Though all of the hallmarks of Merry Edwards’ wines are there:  Beautiful balance, well structured but not oppressive tannins, and freshness, the wine is still unique.  There’s no cookie-cutter in her winery!"

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2015

      • 94 points

         

        "There's no one better at expressing the lovely earthy qualities of Pinot Noir than Merry Edwards. Even in a vintage where the fruit qualities are at their best, she doesn't let the fruit carry the day with no savory elements to add depth and complexity.  Cherry, raspberry, roses, damp earth, mild caramel and light fall spice aromas and flavors are delivered in a full bodied, structured package that shows beautifully now and promises to age into something even better.  Score another win for the master!"

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, December 2015

      • 91 points

         

        "This translucent dark red colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with musty black cherry-cola bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, refined and nicely coats your mouth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild red plum with notes of Dr. Pepper and gentle oak. I also detected a hint of strawberry. The finish is dry and its flavors and mild tannins drift way nicely. This very good Pinot Noir would pair well with pork tenderloin."

        Ken's Wine Guide, December 2015

      • 90 points

         

        "Medium ruby; deep, intense, spicy, black cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with notes of clove and forest floor; medium-full body; rich, deep, textured red fruit flavors; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. A bit rough at present and needing some bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2016

      • 92 points

         

        "Bright ruby color; silky and ripe with bright cherry and spice; earthy and savory, dense, and rich; long and balanced."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

    • 2012

      • "A quintessential Russian River Pinot Noir"

         

        "Sonoma-based Merry Edwards is justly renowned for her Pinot Noirs, and the Olivet Lane wine is one of my favorites. Opulent, with explosive aromas of red fruit and spice, it is rich in texture but polished. A quintessential Russian River Pinot Noir."

        Lettie Teague, Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2015

      • 95 points

         

        "Though similarly plush and polished, a thread of red fruit flavors is woven into the fabric of the Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir, which sets it apart from both the Coopersmith and Georganne bottlings. At this stage, with its charming subtleties, the Olivet Lane is the most expressive of these three single vineyard bottlings. It’s not tiring to drink because each sip brings different nuances -- a hint of fruit, some earthiness, where the savory mushroom note come from. In short, it sings."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2015

      • 96 points

         

        "Merry's flagship pinot noir is always sure to please, and the 2012 Olivet Lane is no exception. This is a rich, spicy, perfumed pinot with layered complexity, showing aromas of raspberry, plum and cherry. There is power with elegance, and firm acid and grippy tannins that bode well for long-term cellaring. The persistence of flavor on the palate through a very long finish is almost astonishing. This is Merry Edwards at her best, but then I could say that about her Olivet Lane pinot just about every vintage."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2014

      • 90 points

         

        “From a longstanding source of primo grapes, this Olivet Lane Pinot sings in floral rose and violet while offering damp earth, subtle hints of black raspberry and striking acidity. With well-integrated oak and softly layered tannins, it’s on the lighter side of the producer’s line-up of wines, building up steam as it goes.”

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015

      • "Best Bottles to Give This Holiday Season"

         

        "Aromas of oak and rose petals, flavors of black raspberries, cassis and cola, powerful and complex, with big body and long, smooth finish." Read the full article here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/wine/article4273629.html

        Fred Tasker, Miami Herald, Dec. 4, 2014

      • 91 points

         

        "Wispy top notes of dried brush and bark are gradually countered by slow-to-emerge, red cherry fruit in the nose and the flavors that follow with quite solid, somewhat compact, young fruit taking its time in coming to the fore. The wine is blends fleshy texture and fairly tight structure, as Olivet Lane Pinots are wont to do, but there is no lack of fruity solidity here, and it has the depth and focus to grow with cellaring and can be set aside for a few years with complete confidence that its future is bright and assured."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2015

      • "Impressive"

         

        "A gorgeous pinot with depth. Complex, with layers of cassis, boysenberry and rose petals. Seamless texture. Impressive."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "Wine List," Nov. 2, 2014

      • 91 points

         

        Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, November 2014

        "(A)ssertive, fragrant, red and black fruit aroma with spicy notes and hints of dried herbs and vanilla; moderately concentrated, textured, raspberry and Bing cherry flavors with a note of sweet oak."

      •  

        "A supple, complex, finely balanced Pinot Noir of exceptional quality. It is rich but subtle; a wine with seamless texture, and a very long, persistent finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of plum, violet, rose petal, cherry, black currant, toast, vanilla, and cedar. A tremendous wine."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      • 92 points

         

        "A beautifully complex, spicy and elegant range of both red and dark pinot fruit is nuanced by background wisps of sandalwood and floral hints. The sleek and wonderfully textured medium weight flavors possess a velvety mouth feel before culminating in a dusty, firm and strikingly long and complex finale. This is lovely and built to age."

        Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, June 2015

      • 92 points

         

        "Elegant and silky with juicy cherry, spice and tangy acidity; bright and lively, clean, savory and long."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," November 2014
    • 2011

      • 97 points

         

        "Historically, the Olivet Lane Vineyard pinot has been Merry's signature achievement in the world of fine wine, a triumph in virtually every vintage. It remains so even in the challenging year of 2011, when foul weather was the main story line. This vintage of Olivet Lane is sensational, showing an earthy character on the nose that the French like to call "garrigue." This wine is all about dark fruits and spice, with a hint of anise and tremendous depth without losing its elegant persona. One of the finest California pinots I've tasted this year."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Talk, “Thoughts for the Year”

      • 95 points

         

        "The age of the vines -- the vineyard’s 40 years old -- shows in this wine’s complexity and refinement.  It combines the brightness and liveliness character of Edwards’ Sonoma Coast bottling with the intensity of her Georganne Pinot Noir.  What’s most amazing is the way it unfolds in the glass, revealing more and more pleasure over a couple of hours.  Similar to all of Edwards’ Pinot Noirs, it’s intense without being heavy -- the Burgundian idea of flavor without weight.  Despite that description, it clearly has a Russian River Valley signature.  This is not a Burgundy wannabe.  It’s just fantastic California Pinot Noir."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2013

      • Complex

        "Edwards's 2011 Russian River Valley Olivet Lane pinot is a classic portrait of the variety's quixotic tension between restraint and full-fledged seduction, complex in Bing cherry and kitchen cinnamon."

        Virginie Boone, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 12, 2013

      • 92 points
        "The flavors are deep and delicious in this Pinot with notes of cherries, cur­rants and raspberries, along with a hint of raisins. It’s tannic enough to warrant a little time in the cellar. Your window begins to open in 2016, but this isn’t an extended ager."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

    • 2010

      • 95 points

         

        "The pedigree of this rich Pinot Noir is evident right away in the mouthfeel, offering a silky and satiny texture, brightened with citrusy acidity. The flavors immediately kick in with a solid wall of red cherries, licorice, persimmons, pomegranates and cola. An exciting, complex wine to drink now, and it should gather momentum over six years, maybe even longer."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

      • 95 points

         

        "Edwards has done it again with a tremendous trio of 2010 Russian River Pinot Noirs. Despite their differences they all have her signature of power and grace. Youthful, but not astringent, tannins are apparent in the Olivet Lane bottling. A splendid array of earth notes and black fruit come through in waves. It’s smoky and succulent. More intense, than big, it is not heavy or ponderous. This luxurious wine grows and blossoms in the glass. And best of all, the finish has attractive bitter notes, not the sweetness often marring California Pinot Noir. I’d cellar this one for a few years to allow all its potential to show."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2013

      •  

        "(E)legant, supple, and full bodied; a Pinot Noir that is rich in flavor, well balanced, and lightly tannic on the finish. It tastes of plum, violet, toast, blueberry, baked cherry, and spicy oak. Outstanding."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

      • 91 points:  "Very highly recommended"

         

        "Medium ruby; attractive, forward, intense, ripe black cherry fruit aroma with notes of clove and vanilla; medium-full body; rich, textured, black cherry fruit flavors with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. ... Shows some elegance and distinctive varietal character."

        California Grapevine, December 2012

      • 92 points

         

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, December 2012

      • 90 points

         

        "An intense, ripe, and vibrant red, with lively acidity and crisp tannins. Turns dry and crisp on the finish, where the flavors are focused and persistent."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, March 31, 2013

    • 2009

      • "Pinot of the Year"

         

        "The finest Pinot Noir I’ve ever tasted from Merry Edwards, the person I call Miss Russian River Valley – a stunner."

        Tom Simoneau, "The Good Food Hour," KSRO radio, Dec. 31, 2011

      • 95 points / Cellar Selection

         

        Wine Enthusiast, February 2012 issue

      • 94 points

         

        "This ruby colored Pinot Noir opens with a fragrant red currant bouquet with hints of vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is fruit forward, nicely balanced, smooth, and elegant. The flavor profile is a delicious plum with notes of gently integrated old oak. I also detected hints of black pepper and anise. The finish is dry and its fine tannins are slightly sticky. This classy Pinot was very popular at our table and would be a perfect match with a pork tenderloin dinner. Excellent."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Feb. 6, 2012

      • 91 points

         

        "A very delicate style, lean, pure, crisp, tangy and flinty, with snappy wild berry and raspberry notes. Full-bodied, intense, tight and focused, this is most expansive on the finish where the flavors fan out nicely."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, July 27, 2011

      • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended

         

        "Attractive, forward, intense, spicy, ripe raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with cedary notes and hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate; medium-full body; forward, plush, spicy, cranberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavors with a silk mouthfeel."

        California Grapevine, Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012 issue

      • 'Excellent'

         

        "The Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2009, Russian River Valley, is rich, smoky, meaty and fleshy, with an edge of aged game bird and scintillating graphite, but there’s a core of delicacy and elegance that keeps the wine lively and elevated; this feels as if chiseled from slate but with feline grace and litheness; in fact, the wine is downright muscular in texture, but not at the expense of a super-smooth, satiny skin. ... Excellent,"

        Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head, Nov. 27, 2011

      •  

         "Olivet Lane is an outstanding wine: very finely flavored and full bodied, with complex character, good balance, and a very persistent finish, tasting of clove, plum, cherry, toast, tobacco, and kola nut. First rate."

        Restaurant Wine, July 2012

      • 95 points

         

        "Perennial winner at QRW tastings. Good weight and texture. Ripe, succulent, plum and chocolate. Splendid stuff!"

        Quarterly Review of Wines, "Best of Best Pinot Noir 2013"

    • 2008

      • No. 1 Pinot Noir

         

        Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Olivet Lane was named No. 1 Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual Restaurant Poll.

        Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2011

      •  94 Points

         

        “If you merely took note of the score, you might expect this wine to be powerful Olivet Lane Pinot from Merry. On the contrary, it is delicate, fragrant and mysterious, complex in subtle ways and inviting, despite its pale color and aromatics that whisper rather than roar. I believe it is safe to say Merry Edwards knows the Olivet Lane vineyard as well as any she has sourced over her long and distinguished career. She gets what the vineyard gives, and shows it in only the best of lights. This vintage shows the sweet aromas of rose petal and violets. There is sweet red cherry in the wind, an earthy note of cola, with hints of licorice and mocha. It is most rare of all red wines, for it is delicate and displays tremendous depth at the same time. The tannins are beautifully integrated and the wine well balanced, fresh and alive. It is wonderful stuff, this latest Olivet Lane from the queen of California Pinot Noir.”

        Robert Whitley, Creators.com, March 1, 2011

      • "Best of the Best":

         

        "Outstanding. Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves. Hefty, yet well-balanced, dark chocolate and damson plum."

        Quarterly Review of Wines, Summer 2011

      • 90 points

         

        "This dark ruby colored Pinot opens with a ripe black raspberry bouquet with a hint of black pepper and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and loaded with fruit forward flavors. The flavor profile is a spicy black raspberry with notes of pepper and plum. The finish is rather dry and its sticky oak tannins hang around for quite some time."

        Ken's Wine Guide, June 24, 2011

      • 'Highly recommended'

         

        "Attractive, spicy, bright red cherry fruit aroma with toasty notes and hints of mocha and licorice ... moderately rich, herbal, toasty, black cherry flavor with spicy notes and hints of green tea and toasty oak. ... Highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, Vol. 37, No. 1, February 2011

      • 92 Points / Cellar Selection

         

        Wine Enthusiast

    • 2007

      • 95 points

        "Olivet Lane has long been a benchmark Pinot for Merry. The '07 vintage provides a beautiful example of Olivet Lane at its best. With a pure black cherry and spice nose and a subtle hint of the earth, the aromas simply pull you into the glass. On the palate the silky tannins remind you this is one of the stars of California Pinot Noir. And the complex layers of fruit and hedonistic opulence are further evidence that this is one outstanding Pinot Noir vineyard in the hands of a Pinot Noir genius."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Nov. 6, 2009

      •  (19 out of 20 points)

         

        "The most elegant of Edwards' many fine Pinots, it charms with cherry fruit, silky tannins, subtle barrel spice and a ballerina-like dance on the palate."

        Decanter California 2010, Vintage Report, Murphy's Pick

      • 92 Points "Make Room in the Cellar"
        "(R)ich, lush red cherry flavors with great spice and herbal notes; silky texture; sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Very lush Pinot with great flavors -- a delight to drink now but will definitely reward some cellar patience."

        PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

      • 3.5 Stars

        Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

      • 93 points

        Wine Enthusiast, January 2010

      • Wine of the Week

        "A ripe, juicy pinot noir with aromas of cherry blossom and spice. Notes of cherry, raspberry, herbs and spice. Lush texture. Long finish."

        The Press Democrat, "Wine of the Week," December 2009

      • 9 / 10 points

         

        "Medium garnet in color, this wine has a nose of cranberry and a lightly spicy cherry liqueur quality. In the mouth it is smooth and silky with very nice balance and a core of cranberry and raspberry flavors, that give way to a cocoa, and light smoky quality on the finish."

        Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, March 24, 2009

    • 2006

      • (E)arthy, dark cherry

         

        "(E)arthy, dark cherry aromas and heady chocolate covered cherry flavors – which seem to melt across the tongue. This wine would marry beautifully with crisp roasted duck served with a dark sour cherry sauce and some delicate morel mushrooms sautéed in duck fat. Its solid acidity levels make it very food friendly especially with rich meat and game dishes and earthy foods like mushrooms and root vegetables."

        Summer Whitford, winespecialist.wordpress.com, March 11, 2009

      •  92 Points

        "(P)recise varietal aroma of red cherries with hints of sweet spices and a dollop of crème brûlée and slightly toasty oak puts it out ahead of the crowd, and its full and impeccably balanced palatal impressions only add to its luster."

        Connoisseurs’ Guide, February 2009

      • 92 points

        "With this bottling Merry Edwards shows that she can work her magic ... this wine's focus tends towards the spicy savory elements rather than ripe cherry-like flavors. The fine tannins lend support without being intrusive or dulling the overall lush texture. The incredible finish makes you pause after each sip."

        Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, Jan. 21, 2009

      • 90 points

        “This has long been one of Merry's go-to vineyard designates, and she's made a good wine from the tricky '06 vintage ... with balance and elegance, a complex array of red and black fruits, spice and chewy tannins.”

        Wine Talk by Robert Whitley, Dec. 16, 2008

      • Poetry in a bottle

        "Poetry in a bottle, big and elegant enough to give Cab devotees a huge case of Pinot envy. Velvety and balanced with a long, long finish. It's aged in mostly new French oak, so you'll notice that upfront – spice and vanilla, mostly. This is a fabulous food wine, of course, but I'd be inclined to drink it all by itself in front of a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening."

        Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, Nov. 7, 2008

      • 2006 Favorite

        Dan Berger names Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir a favorite for the 2006 vintage from Russian River Valley.

        AppellationAmerica.com, April 23, 2008

    • 2005

      • Lush and Velvety Smooth

        “Merry Edwards nailed this one.  Lush and smooth as velvet, it shows enormously deep, ripe blackberry, cherry, raspberry, leather, cola, soy-splashed Portobello, vanilla and cinnamon spice flavors."

         

        Wine Enthusiast, March 2008

      • Real Winner

         

        "Here's a real winner.  Consistently some of the best pinot noirs in California.” 

        In the Kitchen with Narsai David, kcbs.com, Feb. 12, 2008

      • 93 points

        “It is wines such as this that have made us unbashed fans of Ms. Edwards's Pinot Noirs.”

        Connoisseurs' Guide, February 2008

      • Great Backbone

        “A pinot with great backbone. Notes of cherry, raspberry, plum, mineral, toast and spice. Has depth.”

        pressdemocrat.com, Jan. 6, 2008

      • Rose Petals

        “A dose of rose petals, cherries and cola commingled aromatically with memorable flavors of more cherries, violets and nutmeg. ... If I could drink this wine every day, I would.”

        Virginie Boone, pressdemocrat.com, Nov. 26, 2007

      • Sensual and Mesmerizing

        “This is among the most sensual and mesmerizing pinots around, with delicious earthy, cocoa flavors.”

        Cooking Light, November 2007

    • 2004

      • Powerfully Feminine 

         “The inherent expression in the Olivet Lane is powerfully feminine, and the … 2004 in particular exhibits intense aromas.”

        Brett Anderson, The Robb Report, March 2007

      • 92.8 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, Nov. 4, 2008

      • 90 points

        “Merry Edwards knows how to make rich, velvety pinot noir.  This one is as fat in the haunches as a Porsche Carrera, and just as sleek.”

        Wine & Spirits, April 2007

      • Earthy

        “Earthy, complex and cellarworthy.”

        Linda Murphy, Decanter Magazine, March 2007

      • puffpuff 92 points

        “It is full, sweet and highly extracted with lots of solid, black-cherry fruit…”

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2007

      • 90 points

        “Fragrant black cherry and wild raspberry scents are fresh and vibrant, with a delicate mouthfeel to the texture.  Well balanced, turning complex on the palate.”

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, Jan. 31, 2007

      • 94 points

        “A glorious success, for this or any vintage. It shows classic Russian River balance and refinement.”

        Steve Heimoff, The Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 15, 2006

      • 94 points

        “Merry Edwards’ Pinot Noirs are invariably distinctive.  She prizes power and depth and there is no better example of that than her flagship Pinot from the Olivet Lane Vineyard. This is a massive wine for a Pinot Noir, showing layers of dark fruit, earthy scents of forest floor, and firm tannins that will need a bit of time to resolve and allow this exceptional Pinot to deliver on its vast potential.”

        Robert Whitley, winereviewonline.com, Nov. 21, 2006

      • “Exceptional”

        “”Loads of cherry … perfect handling of the oak, and a handsome, sleek texture”

        Dan Berger, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, June 8, 2006

    • 2003

      • 94 points

        "(A) massive wine…built for age.”

        Wine and Spirits, October 2005

      • Top 100 Wines of 2006

        San Francisco Chronicle

      • Queen of Pinot Noir

        “Merry Edwards is sometimes called the ‘Queen’ of Pinot Noir, and with good reason since she produces very classy wines. This is but another jewel in her crown.”

        Paul Lukacs, The Washington Times, Aug. 2, 2006

      • 94 points

        “(G)reat balance and structure, long finish. This is consistently a wonderful Pinot.”

        Greg Walter, Pinot Report, Issue #33

      • 92 points

        “Supple and silky smooth.”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, October 2005

      • 92 points

        Michael Franz
        Robert Whitley’s Wine Reviews On Line, Oct. 12, 2005

      • 91 points

        “Trim and focused, it’s delicate, refined and delightful to drink.”

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, Sept. 30, 2005

      • 90 points

        “This is a silky, complicated and enjoyable wine.”

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2005



      • “Exceptional: supple, rich and finely balanced, with excellent flavor and length.”

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #107

      • Evolution

        “This will evolve very much like a French Burgundy from the Cote de Beaune.”

        Narsai David, KCBS Radio, July 15, 2005

      • One of the 100 Best Wines of 2005

        Wine & Spirits Magazine

    • 2002

      • 94 points

        “WOW! This is a big, powerful Pinot with a lush, silky mouthfeel and gobs of flavor.”

        PinotReport, Issue #24

      • 92 points

        “The flavors are sophisticated, the wine dynamic and intense.”

        Wine & Spirits, October 2004

      • 92 points

        “(A) sweet, lusciousness of cherry and strawberry flavor. The flavors are sophisticated, the wine dynamic and intense.”

        Wine & Spirits, October 2004

      • 92 points

        “A tremendous effort with ripe, intense, opulent yet firmly concentrated black cherry and blackberry fruit that's tightly wound and sharply focused.”

        James Laube, The Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2004

      • 91 points

        “Sweet aromas of boysenberry, cherry, tar and briar. Copious flavors of strawberry, cassis, coffee, smoke and earth.”

        The Wine News, August/September 2004

      • Full-bodied

        “Full-bodied, fleshy, and very ripely flavored; this is a Pinot Noir with a generous palate impression, and a long, lightly oaked finish.”

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #101

      • 90 points

        “Very highly recommended”

        California Grapevine, June-July 2004

      • Lively Fruit

        “Keenly focused on fine and lively fruit in the nose.”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2004

      • Recommended

        Gourmet, December 2004

      • Woman's Touch

        “A superb wine that benefits from a woman’s touch.”

        The Robb Report, November 2004

    • 2001

      • 95 points

        One of the top 12 Pinot Noirs of 2003

        The 2004 Pinot Passion Awards, PinotReport Special Awards Issue

      • 95 points

        "WOW! Merry Edwards' Olivet Lane bottling is Russian River Valley through and through. Take the great character from a 30-year-old vineyard and add Merry's touch and you've got a world-class wine."

        Greg Walter, publisher, PinotReport, October 2003

      • 93 points

        “Here is a deep, round and mouthfilling wine whose pulpy cherry nose and flavors come seasoned by notes of cocoa and sweet wood smoke.”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004

      • 90 points

        “Sweet, juicy flavors of plum, vanillin oak, smoke, tea and clove.”

        The Wine News, February/March 2004

      • ****+

        “Fleshy and richly flavored; a well-balanced, complex Pinot Noir, with a very long finish. It tastes of strawberry, black cherry, tobacco, toast, and new oak.”

        Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, in a featured SPOTLIGHT of three 2001 Merry Edwards wines in Restaurant Wine, Issue #97

      • ****(out of four)

        “Extraordinary”

        Chris Knap, wine columnist, The Orange County Register, Oct. 23, 2003

      • Firm Backbone

        “Medium deep red color -- elegant aroma of ripe but firm cherries with the distinct background aromas of Pinot Noir. Lovely elegance on the palate with enough tannin to form a firm backbone. A few years of age would pay handsomely."

        Narsai David, KCBS Radio, Oct. 1, 2003.

    • 2000

      • Barbara Ensrud, bewinewise.com, winter 2010

        "We had this wine in my winter (2009-10) wine class at Duke. Always one of Merry Edwards' richest Pinots, the 2000 Olivet Lane has mellowed into a smooth and silky, deliciously complex wine, still quite lively and lovely for drinking now. We longed for braised quail or roast duckling to complement it."

         

        Barbara Ensrud, www.bewinewise.com,  Discovery Page

    • 1999

      • 93 points

        Wine & Spirits, February 2002

      • 95 points
        "Wow! This is so intense and flavorful and yet so balanced -- it just doesn't get much better than this."

        PinotReport, June 2002

      • "These four Pinot Noirs are, bottle for bottle and from the same winery, among the finest we have tasted from the USA in the 1999 vintage."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #86

      •   92 points

        "This wine is also very much keyed on ripe and energetic fruit and, it racks up another hit for Ms. Edwards. It is medium-full bodied and quite velvety in feel."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, November 2001

      • Beautiful Wine

        "WOW! What a beautiful wine to lay down for a few years. Exceptional lingering richness of flavors."

        Narsai David, KCBS Food News, Aug. 24, 2001

      • 92 points

        "Gorgeous nose of crushed blackberry and spicy oak. Intensely concentrated with opulent flavors of cassis, black cherry and raspberry. Continued impressions of spicy oak and black cherry in the long, harmonious finish."

        The Wine News, August-September 2001

      • First place, 92 points
        "Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, August-September 2001

      •  

        "This is one to savour for its subtle beauties. It should be cellared for at least two years, and it has the complexity and balance to age for at least five or six years."

        Norm Roby, Decanter.com

      • The most elegant bottling of the batch. It’s a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins, bright cherry fruit, a kick of allspice, and a kiss of oak. Drink now.

        Wines of the Week by Leslie Sbrocco, The New York Times, Dec. 4, 2001

    • 1998

      • 92 points

        "Quite Possibly the best Pinot yet seen under Merry Edwards label, this deep, impressively concentrated youngster hits all the marks squarely from density and definition to balance and fundamental richness."

        Connoisseur's Guide, February 2001 

      • Top 100 Wines of 2001 

        - San Francisco Chronicle

      • Fresh Berry Flavors

        "As the winemaker/owner of Meredith Vineyard Estate and Merry Edwards Wines, [Merry] Edwards is emerging as one of California's most thoughtful and articulate producers of Pinot Noir." Merry Edwards 1998 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir has more density and weight [than the 1997 wine] and is layered with fresh berry flavors."

        - Gerald Boyd, San Francisco Chronicle, January 10, 2001



      • "With its harmonious fruit and oak, this wine is a beautifully integrated package..."

        - Leslie Sbrocco, WineToday.com, November 13, 2000

    • 1997

      • Cellar Selection
        "While most wine drinkers agree about the virtues of Pinot Noir, few can agree on where the best Pinot Noir is grown in California. Russian River Valley in Sonoma County is one of the top choices. Olivet Lane, a small vineyard on bench land in the Russian River Valley, has supplied some top Pinot Noir grapes to various wineries over the years. Edwards has a long-term relationship with the vineyard owners, and considers grapes from Olivet Lane among the best in Russian River Valley.

        Gerald Boyd, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 15, 1999

      • Subtle black cherry and plum fruit

        "We are happy to report that these Pinots exceed all expectations as first releases. They possess beautiful subtle black cherry and plum fruit, and are velvety on the palate. Given the price differential, I could live happily with the less expensive bottling, but you should not be discouraged from enjoying the greater depth and toasty-smoky oak complexity offered by the Olivet Lane Pinot."

        - Norm Roby, Your Guide to Winery Direct Wines, June 16, 1999

    Olivet Lane Pinot Noir
  • Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

    • 2015

      • "Sauvignon Blanc for the Saavy: A Global Guide to 10 Top Bottles"

        No. 1 on Lettie Teague's Top 10 list: "Merry Edwards, famous for her Pinot Noirs, also makes a lush barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. She began barrel fermenting this varietal back in the 1970s—to make it “more interesting.” She succeeded." Read the full article here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/sauvignon-blanc-for-the-savvy-a-global-guide-to-10-top-bottles-1495127031?shareToken=stc43aa05b9a284b44bfc1bc20e73c5b8d&reflink=article_email_share

        Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2017

      • 93 points

         

        "Supple and elegant up front, revealing layers of dried mango, honeysuckle, ripe melon and vivid peach flavors, all set on a creamy body, with plenty of pop from acidity. Finishes on an orange Creamsicle note."

        MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, March 2017

      • 97 points

         

        "Merry Edwards' sauvignon blanc is consistently among the top two or three produced in the United States. What sets it apart is its remarkable complexity, structure and harmony. On the first sip you may be reminded of ripe tropical fruits. On the second, citrus notes emerge. Then there is the note of white peach that is a signature characteristic of the finest Bordeaux blanc. On another sip you might find the tangerine and Meyer lemon note that signals Sancerre. Texturally, the wine exhibits a rich, oily mouthfeel, but with firm acidity and telltale traces of minerality. In a word, this vintage of Merry Edwards sauvignon blanc is positively brilliant and delicious."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Nov. 22, 2016

      • "The 25 Best Wines from California for Summer"

        "Could this be the best sauvignon blanc produced in America? Many fans of this legendary winemaker think so. Edwards combines solid, longstanding vineyard contracts with intimate knowledge of Sonoma’s quirks and climate hiccups to produce consistently great wine. It’s highly floral: hibiscus, orange blossom, honeysuckle, jasmine, with hints of tropical fruit. During the memorable finish, crème brûlée and toasted hazelnuts float over a wet stone backdrop." See the article here: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/23/the-25-best-wines-from-california-for-summer-sipping/

        Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, June 23, 2017

      More Acclaim
      • 92 points: First Place

         

        "Medium-light yellow; attractive, forward, citrus , melon, and white peach aroma with floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle, and a touch of oak; medium to medium-full body; elegant, fleshy, citrus, melon, and stone fruit flavors with a note of minerality and a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Typical of their style. ... Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, January 2017

      • "Top California Sauvignon Blanc"

         

        Vivino names Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc among the top wines in the category in its 2017 Wine Style Awards: https://www.vivino.com/wineries/merry-edwards-wines/wines/russian-river-valley-sauvignon-blanc-2015

        Vivino, January 2017

      • 95 points

         

        "Few people get excited about Sauvignon Blanc as they do about other varietal wines.  For those skeptics, it’s time to taste Merry Edwards’ version.  This is an exciting wine that defies easy categorization.  There’s the bite of Sauvignon Blanc, to be sure, but there’s a creaminess and suaveness that suggests a Bordeaux-like blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.  As you try to decide exactly what it is, it changes and becomes even more captivating.  Ripe and forthright, proclaiming its California origins, it is balanced and by no means overdone.  Great acidity keeps it lively and your palate wanting more.  Wow!"

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 1, 2017

      • 92 points

         

        "Rich flavors of dense fruit, spice and creamy texture; deep and juicy with nice depth and excellent balance."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Somm Journal, February 2017

      •  

        "Very fine Sauvignon, with intense, refined character (peach, lime, papaya, guava, orange blossom, fig, melon, sweet pepper), supple texture, firm acidity, and a very long finish. Very persistent aftertaste. Warrants modest aging."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

      • 90 points

         

        "Merry Edwards, known best for her Pinot Noir, says this variety is a comparative joy. She bolsters the wine with Sauvignon Musqué and oak aging to build a richly creamy and full expression, marked by moderate acidity. Lemon meringue, peach and vanilla flavors add to its viscosity and sultry power."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

      • 91 points

        "This pale straw colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards opens with a very faint banana and delicate cantaloupe bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, round and rich for a Sauvignon Blanc. The flavor profile is a mild vanilla and cream soda blend with a hint of lime, melon, and honey. The finish is dry and fades away nicely. This Sauvignon Blanc is versatile and very food friendly. The Panel suggested pairing it with grilled swordfish or seared scallops. Enjoy!"

        Ken's Wine Guide, May 25, 2017

    • 2014

      • No. 17 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2016

         

        December 2016

      • 93 points

         

        "Succulent, lush and rich, with fleshy mango, melon and peach flavors up front, leading to a core of pineapple, lemon and honeysuckle notes. The smoky edge and nervy acidity weave in and out, giving this a fresh finish."

        MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, Feb. 17, 2016

      • 90 points

         

        "The beautiful 2014 Sauvignon Blanc shows copious quantities of melons, a touch of honeysuckle, crisp, fresh acid and a touch of wet-rock minerality. It is floral, medium-bodied and loaded with fruit, all good characteristics."

        Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

      • "The Holiday Wine Wheel: May 8, Mother's Day"

         

        "Get your mother something from a great woman winemaker, like the 2014 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc."

        Ray Isle, Food & Wine magazine, March 15, 2016

      • 92 points / first place

         

        "Medium-light yellow color; attractive, assertive, citrus and white peach aroma with floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; rich, layered, citrus and stone fruit flavors with tropical notes, some stony minerality, and a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Shows elegance and hints of some complexity yet to come, deserving another year or two of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

        Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, February 2016

      • 90 points

         

        "Oaky petrol opens the nose of this classically popular and well-loved white from the queen of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Vibrant and fresh, it's medium bodied with a rounded girth and complexity. The finish is sheer orange blossom and tangerine."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2016

      •  

        "This sauvignon blanc is incredibly aromatic and it also has complexity and depth. It has gorgeous fruit and impeccable balance. Well crafted. Knockout."

        Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, May 15, 2016

      • 93 points

         

        "With more creaminess than bite, Merry Edwards’s expression of Sauvignon Blanc is reminiscent of white Bordeaux rather than Sancerre.  Long and refined, it’s a seductive wine with a glossy texture accented by a touch of electricity that reminds you it is, in fact, Sauvignon Blanc. This classy wine shows just how talented a producer Merry Edwards is -- her Sauvignon Blanc is as distinctive as her Pinot Noirs."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, May 17, 2016

      •  

        "Exceptional Sauvignon in a full, ripe, crisp, complex style. It is supple and intensely flavored on the palate, well balanced, lightly oaked, and very long and persistent on the finish, tasting of lime, lemon grass, peach, vanilla, roasted nut, and oak. Warrants modest aging."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      • 91 points

         

        "Deep varietal fruit and creamy texture mark this subtley oaked Sauv Blanc from a master winemaker."

        Anthony Dias Blue. Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

      • "Perfect pairings: Wines for your ... Easter table"

         

        "This forthright Sauvignon Blanc has a Mediterranean personality without the kiwi and green-grass notes found in most. Instead, the fruit is focused, with lush honeyed melon, nectarine jam and viscous Meyer lemon layered with a soft stroke of pink grapefruit."

        W. Peter Hoyne, Sun-Times Media, March 2016

      • "Highly Distinctive and Likely to be Memorable"

         

        "Very much hewing to the richer, optimally ripened style that is expected from its maker, this generously fruited offering is long on juicy, melon-like fruit and stands apart from those that are leaner and more forcefully grassy. It is moderately full-bodied and fairly supple as Sauvignon Blancs go with a hint of sweetness to its ample, very deep flavors, yet it is nicely balanced and gets a brightening lift from neatly integrated acidity. It is, however, a wine whose obvious richness directs it to appropriately flavorful foods, and it will succeed handily in situations more typically calling for Chardonnay."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to Californa Wines, August 2016

    • 2013

      • 93 points

         

        "Light, smooth and lovely, with succulent white peach, pear, citrus and melon flavors that really sing with purity, showing juicy acidity and complexity. Whiffs of mango and white flowers complete the picture."

        MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator "Insider," June 24, 2015

      • 95 points

         

        "This is the genius of Merry Edwards for all the world to see. The Grand Dame of California Pinot Noir also has a deft hand with Sauvignon Blanc. I would even venture to say her RRV Sauvignon is routinely among the top five Sauvignons made in America. The 2013 is remarkably complex, destroying the conventional wisdom that Sauvignons are simple and uninteresting over time. This vintage exhibits notes of white peach, tangerine, lemon oil, lime zest, orange blossom and an intriguing spice note. With mouth-watering acidity and nervy minerality, it is a Sauvignon that is alive and appealing and extremely genuine. Brilliant!"

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 10, 2015

      • 93 points

         

        "Merry Edwards brings us her completely unique take on California Sauvignon Blanc with the 2013 bottling.  Mixed citrus and spice aromas are complimented by white flowers and lemon beebrush leaf. Zesty and viscous on the palate, with a citrus and mineral focus in the finish. Complexity that makes its individual parts so readily apparent is a rare thing in the wine world. This would be a great wine to share with someone who wonders how wine writers can sense so many different things in a glass."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Feb. 15, 2015

      • First place; 92 points

         

        "Light yellow color; very attractive, assertive, complex, herbal, floral, moderately grassy, white peach and passion fruit aroma with hints of lime zest, orange blossom, and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; crisp, grassy, melon and stone fruit flavors with bright acidity, good depth, and some richness in the silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Elegantly styled and nicely balanced, and should reward several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, February 2015

      • "Wines you have to try"

         

        KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David takes a trip to Russian River Valley and sings the praises of Merry's Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/13/narsai-david-heading-to-the-russian-river-valley-for-merry-edward-wines/

        Narsai David, KCBS Radio, March 13, 2015

      • 90 points

         

        "The producer continues to impress with this variety, an increasingly popular wine for her loyal followers and beyond. Rich in crème brûlée and vanilla, it’s layered and well-textured, a mix of pear and orange blossom with a tropical edge that finishes with a nice lift of minerality."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015

      • 92 points

         

        "Made in the very rich, fruit-forward style that we have come to expect from Ms. Edwards, this latest in a lengthy string of Sauvignon Blanc successes is a generous, wonderfully well-filled wine that smacks lightly of fennel, fresh herbs and sorrel while focusing first and foremost on ripe melons and citrus. It is relatively full-bodied as Sauvignons go but neatly avoids any sensation of excess, and its deep and expansive flavors build and build en route to an involving, terrifically sustained, many-layered finish."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 2015

      • "Best of the Best"

         

        "Nicely perfumed floral nose, ripe, mineral/earthy, citric lime, mouthwatering, with delicious peach finish."

        Quarterly Review of Wines, " 33rd Annual Best of the Best," August 2015

      •  

        "A complex sauvignon blanc that manages to be both crisp and rich. Tropical, with citrus notes and great minerality. Notes of guava, peach and lime zest. Lovely."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 25, 2015

      • "Wine of the Week"

         

        "Sauvignon Blanc mostly isn’t oak-aged. Merry Edwards’ style has been to gain depth and richness for the variety by barrel-aging. This is perhaps Merry’s best ever version, with gorgeous but subtle varietal notes of tangerine and peach, layers of depth from lees stirring and barrel fermentation, and more complexity than most Chardonnays! Not for everyone, but a fascinating alternative style.”

        Dan Berger, Vintage Experiences, April 9, 2015

      • 90 points

         

        "This pale straw colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards is very good. Everyone on the panel enjoyed it. It opens with a faint Bartlett pear bouquet with a hint of vanilla. We also detected some tropical scents along with hints of lychee. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and easy going. The flavor profile is a tasty pear with hints of lychee, mild minerality and green apple. The finish is dry and its flavors last for quite a while. The panel suggested pairing this crowd pleasing and food friendly Sauvignon Blanc with broiled halibut or Chilean sea bass."

        Ken's Wine Guide, May 14, 2015

      •  

        "Exceptional Sauvignon in a full, ripe, crisp, complex style. It is supple and intensely flavored on the palate, well balanced, lightly oaked, and very long and persistent on the finish, tasting of lime, lemon grass, peach, vanilla, roasted nut, and oak. Warrants modest aging."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      • "7 California Sauvignon Blancs to Beat the September Heat"

         

        "One of the most highly coveted clones of sauvignon blanc is the rich and aromatic sauvignon musqué. In this Merry Edwards wine, sauvignon musqué clocks in at fifty-three percent of the blend. The wine smells of acacia blossoms, anise and chaparral. On the tongue, it oozes juicy pear, honeydew and grapefruit."

        Bryce Wiatrak, 7x7.com, Sept. 10, 2015

      • Wines to Celebrate the Season

         

        "Merry Edwards, one of the grandes dames of California wine making, has produced her favorite white varietal, sauvignon blanc, since 2001. Barrel fermented with six months in French oak, this age-worthy wine is reminiscent of a white Bordeaux — but is so California with its medley of ripe fruit. A barrage of tropical fruit flavors culminates in a creamy finish with zesty acidity."

        Rebecca Davidson, Reno Gazette-Journal, Dec. 18, 2015

      • Top California Sauvignon Blancs

         

        The 2016 Vivino Wine Style Awards names 2013 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc a top wine in the category: https://www.vivino.com/wineries/merry-edwards-wines/wines/2384925-russian-river-valley-sauvignon-blanc-2013#user-reviews

        Vivino.com, February 2016

    • 2012

      • 91 points

         

        "Shows wonderful purity and focus to the honeydew melon, passion fruit, lime and pear flavors, with floral and mineral details. The texture is succulent and smooth, finishing with a bright acidity."

        MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, Feb. 25, 2014

      • 96 points

         

        "There is no doubt Merry Edwards is the reigning queen of California Pinot Noir. But the lady doesn't simply rest on her laurels; she also makes one of the finest Sauvignon Blancs, if not the finest Sauvignon Blanc, in the entire United States. ... This vintage is a stunner, exhibiting complex aromas of peach and citrus, with floral overtones. It is well balanced, precise and utterly delicious."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2013

      • "Beautifully crafted wine"

         

        "Moderate straw color and clear in the glass. Perfumed with lychee and floral notes, tasting of fresh melon, pear and pink grapefruit, and laced with bright acidity, this wine is highly versatile at the table. This beautifully crafted wine has none of the unpleasant grassiness found in many Sauvignon Blancs. One of my top two California Sauvignon Blancs."

        Prince of Pinot, June 23, 2013

      • 92 points

         

        "(A)ttractive, fragrant, slightly toasty, melon and white peach aroma with light grassy notes and hints of orange blossoms and vanilla ... fleshy, melon and stone fruit flavors with a trace of minerality and a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, October 2013

      • 93 points

         

        "I’ve had so many excellent vintages of Merry Edwards’ Sauvignon Blanc that I should no longer be surprised.  But I am because I still associate her with stellar Pinot Noir and only few producers anywhere in the world show their talents with both grapes.  She now numbers among them.  It delivers an elegant balance of a creamy lanolin texture combined with the pleasant pungency you’d expect from Sauvignon Blanc.  What is unexpected is the sophistication and class of this wine."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2013

      • 92 points

         

        "This straw colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards was the clear winner in our first big blind tasting. It opens with a mild melon and faint honey like bouquet with hints of butter and oak. On the palate this wine is full bodied, balanced, creamy, and rich. The flavor profile is a tasty green melon with notes of banana and lemon. The finish is dry and its flavors last for quite some time."

        KensWineGuide.com, May 2014

      • 91 points

         

        "Although most noted as a producer of fine Pinot, Ms. Edwards clearly knows what she is doing with Sauvignon Blanc as well, and this latest is a very rich, deeply filled version that is simply brimming with juicy, young, ripe melon fruit. Along the way, it hints at freshly cut grass, citrus and a mildly flinty note, and, if fairly mouthfilling, it is exceptionally well-balanced and buoyant right to the end. It is thoroughly delicious right now, but it has all of the right pieces in place to get even better if set aside for several more years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 2014

      • "Top Picks from North Bay Restaurant Wine Lists"

         

        "A gorgeous wine with lovely notes of honeydew, melon and mineral. This sauvignon blanc is sassy and it has lift; that’s what gives it such great appeal. Crisp acidity. Zesty finish. The Restaurant at Applewood in Guerneville recently had this sauvignon blanc on its wine list."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sept. 15, 2015

      • Dean Tudor, World Wine Watch, Writer's Circle of Canada

    • 2011

      • 97 points

         

        "(A)  round, rich, intense sauvignon blanc that could easily pass for a legendary Bordeaux blanc such as Domaine de Chevalier. There is a strong note of lychee and pear, with hints of spice, and a creamy texture on the palate. It's difficult to remember a better California sauvignon than this one."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 2013

      • 94 points

         

        "Does Merry Edwards ever make a less than terrific wine?  I don’t think so.  Though best known for her sumptuous yet elegant Pinot Noir, she’s no stranger to working with Sauvignon Blanc having made some stellar ones at Matanzas Creek Winery decades ago.  Her 2011 has a gorgeous creamy complexity that gives it a Bordeaux-like feel and richness.  Uplifting acidity offsets its luxurious texture.  Its length speaks to its grandeur.   This is refined Sauvignon Blanc that shows that, in the right hands, that grape can make stunningly good wine."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, April 2, 2013

      • 92 points

         

        "Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, slightly grassy, grapefruit and ripe pear aroma with light toasty notes and hints of lychee, fig, and vanilla ... herbal, supple, slightly grassy, white peach and pear flavors with bright acidity, a trace of creamy oak, and a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, July 2013

      • 91 points

         

        "An aromatic white, with toasty, smoky notes up front that give way to peach blossom and honeysuckle details, balancing the ripe peach and nectarine flavors. Features firm acidity, a smooth body and a very spicy finish."

        MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2013

      • 93 points

         

        "Ms. Edwards's perennially successful Sauvignon Blancs typically claim a place at the very head of the class, and, in what was for many a difficult year, the 2011 shines once again. It is a deep and well-balanced approach to the grape that is lively and long on juicy, melon-like fruit with hard-to-miss herbaceousness and complementary oak completing a very rich and fairly complex picture. While an easy-to-taste wine, it is also a serious one, and it has all the right pieces to be an age-worthy Sauvignon that is worth seeking out."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, October 2013

      •  

        "This complex sauvignon blanc is layered with notes of grapefruit, fig and pear. Lightly toasted. Hint of minerality. Knockout."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 13, 2013

      • 90 points
        "Smooth and ripe with creamy texture and lush, ripe flavors of fruit, spice with hints of oak; mellow, rich and deep; long and balanced."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine, May 2013

      • 91 points

         

        "This almost clear colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards was one of our top choices in our recent blind tasting. It opens with a mild lime and gentle grapefruit bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, very refined, elegant, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a very tasty gentle green melon with hints of grapefruit, lemon and vanilla oak. The finish is dry and drifts away nicely."

        Ken's Wine Guide, May 2013

      •  

        "Rich and supple in style, this Sauvignon is intensely flavored, very long on the palate, and persistent on the finish. It tastes of apricot, lemon grass, pineapple, guava, toast, and lime. Combines depth and fruit, with modest oak complexity. Exceptional."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

    • 2010

      • 92 points / No. 1 Sauvignon Blanc

         

        "Smooth and silky, with spicy details of nutmeg and quince joined by pure, ripe honeydew melon and cantaloupe flavors. Pear, lemon zest and apricot notes are elegant, lithe, and wonderfully juicy on the finish."

        MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, April 23, 2012

      • 91 points

         

        Wine Enthusiast, February 2012 issue

      • 95 points

         

        "Merry Edwards is best known for her stunning Pinot Noir.  Soon she will be known for stunning Pinot Noir and stunning Sauvignon Blanc.  Those who feel Sauvignon Blanc is never suave and sophisticated need to try this wine.  The combination of a hint of the bite of Sauvignon Blanc and its palate-coating cream-like texture is captivating.  The Yin Yang impression keeps you coming back for more.  This is a gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2011

      • 93 points

         

        "This pale yellow colored wine rocked the tasting panel and clearly won our recent blind tasting of Sauvignon Blancs. It opens with a very mild peach bouquet with a hint of banana. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, very well balanced, and creamy. The flavor profile is a delicious mild Bartlett pear and gentle green melon blend. I also detected a hint of vanilla. The finish is dry, elegant, and refined. The panel suggested drinking this one on its own. However, it would also go well with rich foods like lobster bisque or lobster risotto."

        Ken's Wine Guide, May 23, 2012

      • 93 points / Very Highly Recommended

         

        "Attractive, slightly buttery, floral, melon and peach aroma with hints of grapefruit and a trace of minerality; medium-full body; fairly rich and fleshy in the mouth with a silky mouthfeel and flavors of melon, white peach, citrus, and sweet oak; lingering aftertaste. A very appealing and stylish wine with some complexity and elegance."

        California Grapevine, Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012 issue

      • +

         

        Michael Pinkus, The Grape Guy, Nov. 8, 2011

      •  

        "A zesty Sauvignon Blanc. ... Great acid. Crisp. Lingering finish. Striking."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jan. 11, 2012

      •  

        "Supple and full bodied, this is a ripely flavored, well balanced wine with a long finish. It has pineapple, peach, apple, lemon grass and roasted nut aromas/flavors. Outstanding."

        Restaurant Wine, July 2012

    • 2009

      • No. 28 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011

         

        November 2011

      • No. 1 Sauvignon Blanc

         

        Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc "demonstrates the complexity of this grape in the right hands, showing rich textures and plenty of aromatics while remaining juicy and refreshing."

        "MaryAnn Worobiec's Recommended California Sauvignon Blancs,"
        Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2011
      • 93 points

         

        "Extremely complex, with layers of honeysuckle, apricot, peach, lemon curd, mineral and nectarine that are rich, fleshy, ripe and very generous, with a wonderful juicy acidity and plenty of aromatics. The terrific finish just lingers on and on. Drink now through 2016."

        MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, June 15, 2011

      •  

        "Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves. Ripe, succulent, snappy, crisp, melon and apple flavors."

        Quarterly Review of Wines, Summer 2011

      • "Sauvignon Blanc for Springtime"

         

        "Rich and beautifully structured, reminiscent of kiwi and ripe citrus, hint of lime, just a touch of sweet white fruit."

        Dick Rosano, "Weekly Wine Picks," April 19, 2011

      • No. 9 Sauvignon Blanc

         

        Merry Edwards was named No. 9 Sauvignon Blanc in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual Restaurant Poll.

        Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2011

      • 95 Points

         

        “(A)fter several consecutive excellent vintages, Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc must be ranked among the top five or so Sauvignons in California, perhaps even in the entire United States. The 2009 vintage is yet another winner in the line of exceptional Sauvignons from this iconic producer, who is best known for her robust Pinot Noirs. Stylistically, the Merry Edwards Sauvignon resembles an upper-tier Bordeaux blanc. ... This is that rare Sauvignon that exhibits layers of aroma — from lemon and lime to grapefruit and white peach — and a voluptuous mid-palate that is juicy and rich. The wine has exceptional balance and tremendous persistence of flavor and length.”

        Robert Whitley, Creators.com, March 1, 2011

      • "Luscious"

         

        "This wine has lush aromas of ripe peaches and tropical fruits. Think pineapple as a backnote with mouthfilling flavors of rich, ripe fruit with a lot of balanced structure. This is a serious wine that deserves something like a rich lobster dish. Of course the mouth watering and lingering fruit flavors will also make this the perfect aperitif before dinner."
        Hear the full review here: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/

        KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David, Jan 7, 2011

      • 94 Points, No. 5 of 2010

         

        Merry Edwards' "2009 Sauvignon Blanc shows a lot of the positive qualities of the previous vintages; however I find the minerality and acidity in this version more appealing. Lush green apple, lemon and hints of crème brulee/vanilla custard are apparent both in the aromas and on the palate. Joining them on the palate is a generous amount of stone fruit. Much of the complexity of aromas and flavor comes from the carefully selected fruit from the Sauvignon Musque clones used. In my opinion, the best white wine for the price, period!"

        Senel Wine's Top 10 of 2010, Erol Senel, Dec. 20, 2010

      • Best Sauvignon Blanc Over $20

        "One of California's surest hands with Pinot Noir, Edwards also makes this perfumed, arresting Sauvignon. Assembled from several Russian River Valley vineyards -- some planted to the aromatic Musque clone -- the wine combines tangerine and peach with Musque's hard-to-define, not-quite-honeysuckle aroma."

        2010 Food & Wine Magazine American Wine Awards, October 2010

      •  

        "A juicy Sauvignon Blanc with a creamy texture. Aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, apple and vanilla. Lingering finish."

        Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat, Feb. 2, 2011

      • 92 Points

         

        "Proof that Merry Edwards marches to her own inner drummer; ripe and lush with leesy notes and creamy texture; rich and juicy with layers of flavor and a firm core of acidity; long, balanced and nuanced."

        Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, March 2011

      • "Buy-a-case worthy"

        "With this wine, Merry Edwards has done the impossible: made me fall back in love with oak for whites. ... I am in love with this wine. ... At $30 a bottle, this wine is buy-a-case worthy."

        "He Sipped, She Sipped" wine blog on Chicago Now, Evelyn Lauer, Aug. 5, 2010

      • 3.5 Stars

        Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

      • 93 Points

        "This wine was a revelation to me and quite the best Sauvignon I've tasted out of Sonoma. Straw coloured with a grassy, passion fruit nose; creamy palate with flavours of vanilla, peach and passion fruit; lovely integration of oak, great mouth feel and lingering on the palate."

        Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, June 2, 2010

      • 93 Points

         

        Wine Enthusiast

      • 91 Points

         

        "This classic Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards is very pale yellow colored and opens with a faint pear bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild lime with a hint of vanilla oak and green apple. The finish is dry and very enjoyable."

        Ken’s Wine Guide, Jan. 25, 2011

      • 91 Points

         

        "(A) very rich and fully expressed Sauvignon that exhibits a wealth of ripe, melony fruit juxtaposed with ample elements of fresh grass, sorrel and sweet lemons. ... while it has the balance to keep for a few years, it is wholly and thoroughly tasty right now."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2011

    • 2008

      • 94 Points

        "This newest rendition of a perennial CGCW favorite assumes its accustomed place at the head of the pack. It displays a rewarding sense of richness beneath its engaging freshness with elements of Crenshaw melons and green figs set against tailored oak spice and complimentary herbaceousness. It confirms the notion that Sauvignon Blanc is capable of real sophistication and class, and its combination of balance and polish promises to keep it in fine shape for years to come."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2010

      • 91 Points

        "Merry Edwards consistently makes one of the cleanest, freshest sauvignons from her Russian River Valley grapes. This vintage is filled with honeyed citrus scents, lemon curd and fresh-cut apple flavors that last. It's round enough for veal sausages roasted with apples."

        Wine & Spirits Magazine, April, 2010

      • 93 Points

        "Effusively fragrant, with honeysuckle, apple blossom, peach and ripe melon flavors that are delicious, ripe and extremely mouthwatering, with an acidity that dances along the rich, creamy texture."

        MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, Hot Wines, May 5, 2010

      • Wine of the Week

        "A rich sauvignon blanc that has some interesting tropical notes. Grassy, with aromas and flavors of melon, guava, lemon, vanilla and spice. Long finish."

        Peg Melnik - The Press Democrat, January 6, 2010

      • 91 Points

        "Aromatic citrus and peachy fruit; subtle and elegant with great depth and a long finish showing minerals and charming floral notes."

        Anthony Dias Blue Reviews - The Tasting Panel, December 2009

      • 95 Points
        "Wow! This may be the best Sauvignon Blanc that I have covered in years. I was not alone with this thought. There were several tasters that agreed! It is a light yellow colored wine that opens with a traditional Sauvignon Blanc bouquet of mild grapefruit with a hint of lime. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very well balanced and creamy. The flavor profile is a delicious complex blend of light lime and mild green melon with a touch of oak and mild grapefruit. It finishes dry, yet it is mouthwatering."

        KensWineGuide.com, Dec. 22, 2009

      • Rich but Balanced

        "At $30 (the price offered at the winery), this rich but balanced sauvignon is like no other. Fully barrel fermented, it is lush and opulent while refreshing, showing notes of honeydew melon, pear, pineapple, vanilla and a touch of orange."

        Edward Deitch, MSNBC.com, November 11, 2009

      • The Most Unique

        "This is the most unique Sauvignon Blanc I have had. Due to the lush acidity and supple body, this will pair terrifically with any seafood. Personally, the seafood dish picked should be very clean and possibly offer a light citrus sauce to fully compliment this wine. Wine Spectator is yet to rate the 2008, but when/if they do I am sure it will have another terrific rating. To me, this wine is a classic. It will certainly age very well for about 5-7 years due to its crafting and natural traits. I rate this wine 95 points, because it is the best white wine I have ever had."

        senelwine.blogspot.com, September 2009

      • An absolute winner

        "Next up on the Russian River wine tour of the weekend was Merry Edwards. For those not in the know, she is a legendary maker of Sauvignon Blanc and we’ve looked forward to tasting her wines since moving the the West Coast a few years back... Let me just say that this was MORE than worth the wait. As a group I’d say we walked out of there with no less than 3-4 cases of this wine which finally sold me on the varietal. I always find them to be a little too summery and fruity, but this one had all the makings of a good Sauvignon with that fruity, clean taste, but with the big backbone of a well barreled Chardonnay. ... An absolute winner."

        Our Daily Red, August 2009

      • One of the finest white wines

        "Over the years, there have been a few sauvignon blancs from California I've liked, but none ever came close to those made by Merry Edwards. … Beginning with the 2001 vintage, her first signature sauvignon blanc, have been recognized as truly world-class and the 2005, 2006, and 2007 scored particularly well with the critics. … The (2008) has not yet been reviewed by the major critics, but it confirmed my belief that sauvignon when grown from the best clone in the right soil and made in the style of the best of Loire sauvignon blanc, they can be as rich and complex as the greatest white wines in the world… I would place this as one of the top three sauvignon's produced in the world (along with Didier Dagueneau and Peter Michael) and at half to a third of the price of the best! It's not often that I recommend a wine this strongly, but I think this is one of the finest white wines I have ever tasted and deserves a place in your cellar and on your table. ."

        Naples Wine News, June 2009

      • Volcanic eruption of tropical fruit and blossoms

        "The highly acclaimed Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc is no ordinary version of this popular varietal. The 2006 was ranked 37th in Wine Spectator’s “Top 100 Wines of 2008.” James Laube of Wine Spectator wrote about the 2007, “… the greatest Sauvignon Blanc that I have ever had from anywhere.” I’m not one to argue. The 2008 model is a volcanic eruption of tropical fruit and blossoms — a masterful use of oak — no spit bucket needed."

        Crush and Press, June 2, 2009

    • 2007

      • Wine Spectator - Top 100 Wines of 2009

        "2007 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley ranked 9 with a score of 96."

        Wine Spectator, Winter, 2009

      • Highest-scoring Sauvignon Blanc yet

        "California Sauvignon Blanc is thriving—the spectrum of styles available is broader than ever, prices are attractive, and many of the best bottlings remain easy to find. More importantly, the wines just keep getting better and better, and this year's report includes the highest-scoring Sauvignon Blanc yet from the Golden State, the Merry Edwards Russian River Valley 2007 (96 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, $29)."

        MaryAnne Worobiec - Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2009

      • Refreshing

        "Although past recognition has focused primarily on irresistibly sophisticated reds, this marks the second year that we have chosen to honor Edwards for her only white wine, a sublime Sauvignon Blanc. Modeled on the style of Sauvignon Blanc that she made as the winemaker for Matanzas Creek Winery, the Merry Edwards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley exhibits refreshing honeydew melon and pear fruit – in this case, spiked with hints of limoncello and mace that carry on through the finish."

        Robb Report - Best of the Best, June 2009

      • 96 Points

        "A rocket beam of vibrancy, with effusive honeysuckle notes, ripe honeydew melon, citrus, pear and apricot flavors that have amazing structure, depth and body. Ripe flavors end with a mouthwatering finish, where the mineral and spice details echo on and on."

        MaryAnne Worobiec - Wine Spectator, May 31, 2009

      • An Explosive Sauvignon Blanc

        "The wine's aromas exploded from the glass, even with just the tasting pour—tangerine, honeysuckle, spices, honey. It was full-bodied, yet vibrant acidity kept it lively and focused. The bold flavors ranged from tart, juicy citrus to ripe, tropical fruit to sweet oak... It's an impressive effort, and evidence of the character this grape can show in the hands of a skilled winemaker."

        Thomas Matthews - WineSpectator.com, Feb. 12, 2009

      • An Amazing California Sauvignon Blanc

        "...the greatest Sauvignon Blanc I've ever had from anywhere ... the 2007 Sauvignon from Russian River Valley had just about everything you could hope for with this grape. It's amazingly concentrated, fresh, vibrant, complex, marked by distinctive quince, citrus, sweet pea, melon and herb, plus subtle spicy nuances that I suspect came from oak. Can't say I was surprised when the bag came off, since the past two vintages of Merry Edwards' Sauvignon Blanc have earned 93 and 92-point ratings. This one is even better, which is about as strong an endorsement for a wine that I can make ... Wow."

        James Laube - WineSpectator.com, Jan. 16, 2009

      • 92 Points

        "This glimmering white gold colored wine was very well received by our mini tasting panel. It opens with a very attractive gooseberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and is very well balanced between its acidity and fruit. It is quite tasty and displays light lime and green apple flavors. The finish is dry, crisp, and refreshing. It also lingers quite some time for a Sauvignon Blanc."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Jan. 14, 2009

      • Sauvignon Blanc of the Year

        "Pale gold hue with a glint of copper. Forward, herbaceous aromas emitting fresh-cut grass and basil with white grapefruit and lime zest undertones. Produced primarily from the sauvignon musqué clone and fully barrel fermented, this Sauv imparts a plethora of bright flavors including fig, cantaloupe, white peach and a lasting white grapefruit impression that resonates on the finish. A masterful offering that fully deserves top billing."

        The Wine News Magazine, December 2008-January 2009

      • 90 Points

        "Medium-light yellow; attractive, floral, moderately grassy, tropical fruit aroma with a note of citrus; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, supple, slightly toasty, citrussy, kiwi and white peach flavors with bright acidity; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, December 2008-January 2009

      • 92 points

        "Russian River sauvignon is vastly underrated...in large part because the pinots from the region are so successful and sauvignon is in short supply. The good ones, however, are very, very good. Merry Edwards uses a fair amount of wood to make her sauvignon, yet the fruit shines through. The '07 offers complex aromas of citrus, stone fruit and melon, with a very subtle hint of vanillin. It is well balanced and delicious."

        Robert Whitley - Wine Talk, Dec. 16, 2008

      • 91.4 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, Nov. 5, 2008

      • Worth every penny

        “Winemaker Merry Edwards is most associated with Pinot Noir.  She makes several different ones, all terrific.  But Edwards also makes one of the best California Sauvignon Blancs I’ve ever tasted, maybe THE best.  Produced with Russian River Valley fruit, it has bright acidity with lots of citrus and tropical flavors.  Even thought it’s a bit pricy for a California Sauvignon Blanc ($29), it’s worth every penny.

        Sam Gugino’s SAM COOKS Newsletter, July 2008

    • 2006

      • Sauvignon Blanc #37

        Wine Spectator’s 2008 Top 100 At A Glance

        Our Annual Roundup of the Year's Most Exciting Wine

      • Top Ten Sauvignons of the Year

        "Green-gold hue. Complex scents of oak, pear and pineapple. Sweet, juicy flavors of peach and pear. Crisp acidity and layers of golden pineapple and nectarine in the finish."

        The Wine News Magazine, December 2008-January 2009

      • 90.5 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, November 4, 2008

      • 93 Points
        TOP WINES

        “Distinctive, with rich melon, peach and nectarine flavors that are fleshy, spicy and complex.  Ripe, elegant and focused.”

        Wine Spectator, August 31, 2008

      • Highly Recommended

        The Savvy Shopper

      • 93 points
        Smart Buy


         “Distinctive, with rich melon, peach and nectarine flavors that are fleshy, spicy and complex. Ripe, elegant and focused.”

        Wine Spectator, June 15, 2008

      • 92 points

        Wine & Spirits, June 2008

      • Light

        “This fresh and fairly energetic youngster incisively hits all of the right varietal marks and is keyed on careful grassiness, figs and sweet limes.  It strikes a firm structural stance without becoming stiff or thin, and it shows a very fine sense of flesh on the palate while remaining brisk and light on its feet.”
        Connoisseurs’ Guide, March 2008“This fresh and fairly energetic youngster incisively hits all of the right varietal marks and is keyed on careful grassiness, figs and sweet limes.  It strikes a firm structural stance without becoming stiff or thin, and it shows a very fine sense of flesh on the palate while remaining brisk and light on its feet.”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide, March 2008

      • Rich long lingering flavors

        “On the palate, rich long lingering flavors of lush fruit balanced...to become the perfect food wine.”
        In the Kitchen with Narsai David

        kcbs.com, February 12, 2008

      • Impeccably balanced

        “…impeccably balanced…The French oak provides richness and helps give the wine amazing depth and complexity.
        Wonderfully concentrated floral, citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors…”

        San Francisco Chronicle, December 28, 2007

    • 2005

      • The Top Ten Wines of 2007

        Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2005

        Stephen Eliot
        Connoisseurs' Guide, December 2007

      • 90.4 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, November 4, 2008

      • 92 points

        One of the “California Values At A Glance”

        Wine Spectator, April 30, 2008

      • Sauvignon Blanc #40

        Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007


      • 92 points

        “Elegant and graceful, with Asian pear, quince, melon, citrus, tangerine and herb flavors. Lithe and refreshing.”

        Wine Spectator, August 31, 2007

      • 92 points

        “Layers of supple fruit with defined melon and citrus flavors. Fruit-driven close has great length and depth.”

        The Wine News, June/July 2007

      • 90 points

        “Freshness runs through this wine from the color to the taste; it brings spring blossoms to mind…” 

        Wine & Spirits, June 2007

      • 92 points


        “A brilliant effort.  Elegant and graceful.  Lithe and refreshing, the flavors echo on the long finish.”

        James Laube Wine Spectator, June 15, 2007

      • 92 points

        “…forward, rich, fleshy…with a velvety mouthfeel.”  Very highly recommended

        California Grapevine, April-May 2007

      • Best Buy

        “…delivers such richness, depth and complexity that it fully merits “Best Buy” endorsement.”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide, April 2007

      • 95 points

        “… exceptional effort … full-bodied on the palate and very well-balanced… Youthfully exuberant at the finish and as solidly varietal as in its first impressions, this wine will age for years to come.”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, March 2007

      • 93 points


         

        “A stylish white with exceptional texture…beautifully balanced with a long, persistent finish.”

        Robert Whitley
        Copley News Service, February 28, 2007

      • Wine of the Week

        “A full bodied wine closer to New Wave Sancerre”

        Chris Knap
        Orange County Register, February 8, 2007

      • Utterly delicious

        Spicy, peppery, herbacious and Wow!  How can she get such complexity? Utterly delicious.”

        Narsai David
        In the Kitchen with Narsai
        KCBS Radio, January 22, 2007

      • 2006 Top Wine

        One of the “Top 100 Wines of 2006”

        San Francisco Chronicle, December 10, 2006

      • Proven

        “Merry Edwards, the doyenne of the region (Russian River Valley), has proved that it can produce unusually age-worthy Sauvignon Blanc.”

        Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, July 15, 2006

    • 2004

      • “Superb”

        “This is a delicious full-stop Sauvignon.”

        -Gerald Boyd, WineReviewOnLine.com, January 3, 2006

      • Complex

        “We all loved the complexity of this wine. Alluring … complex, juicy, dry and refreshing.”

        -Eric Asimov, The New York Times, November 17, 2005

    Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • Meredith Estate Pinot Noir

    • 2014

      • 94+ points

        "The 2014 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate has a medium ruby-purple color and gorgeous fragrance of red roses, lavender and fallen leaves over a core of crushed cranberries, mulberries and raspberry tart plus a touch of allspice. The medium-bodied palate is taut, youthful and finely structured, with the ripe, very fine grained tannins beautifully framing the multilayered berry and earth flavors, finishing long with loads of freshness and expressiveness."

        Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, April 28, 2017

      • 94 points

        "From one of the producer’s older vineyard sites, fully mature and steady, this wine shines in cranberry, rhubarb and strawberry before finding richer, riper streaks of blueberry and blackberry. Generous tannin is seasoned by layers of piquant cinnamon and vanilla. It’s lush and bold."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2017

      More Acclaim
      • 97 points

         

        "The pick of an exceptional litter at this stage, Merry Edwards’ Meredith Estate Pinot Noir says wow!  It’s a wonderfully complex mixture of dark fruit and savory flavors.  Both glossy and chewy (in a nice way) its contrasts continue to captivate throughout a meal.  It delivers New World opulence without a hint of exaggeration or flamboyance."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan 24, 2017

      • 95 points
        "Meredith Estate is generally one of Merry's most distinctive pinot noirs and the 2014 vintage is no exception. The alluring fragrance of fresh violets pulls you into the glass. On the palate the wine offers layered aromas of raspberry and black cherry, with just the right touch of wood spice. The tannins are firm, suggesting long life, but with a bit of aeration they will soften and permit immediate enjoyment of this beautifully crafted pinot."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Nov. 22, 2016

      • 92 points

         

        "Vying for top honors in the Merry Edwards clan, this year’s Meredith Estate Pinot is an especially deep effort of great concentration, obvious layering and altogether striking fruity strength. It is fleshy and full and impeccably balanced, yet it is also a bit on the youthfully gruff side and will remain so for several years, but the extraordinarily resilient fruit that emerges unscathed once its evident tannins have eased is a sure guarantor of great things to come. Make every effort to hide it away in a quiet corner of the cellar until it has reached its sixth birthday and count on it growing and continuing to impress for a good five or six more."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

      • 92 points / Very highly recommended

         

        "Medium ruby; attractive, deep, intense, spicy, red and black fruit aroma with herbal notes and hints of clove, anise, and cola; medium-full body; tight, textured, extracted, spicy, cedary, savory, red and dark berry fruit flavors that are rich and concentrated, showing good depth and structure; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a good three to five more years of bottle aging."

        California Grapevine, December 2016

      •  

        "A superb wine that is velvety in texture, and lightly tannic; a young Pinot Noir of exceptional quality. It is full bodied, balanced, and very long on the finish, with aromas/flavors reminiscent of black currant, cherry, blueberry, pepper, toast, and red licorice."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

      • 91 points

        "This ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards was well liked by the Tasting Panel. It opens with a black cherry-cola and black plum bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a concentrated black raspberry and plum blend with notes of dark chocolate and oak. We also detected hints of black pepper and craisin mixed in. The finish is dry and it lingers nicely. The Panel suggested pairing this Pinot with pulled pork or a rack of lamb."

        Ken's Wine Guide, May 31, 2017

    • 2013

      • 93 points

         

        "The 2013 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate has a saturated ruby/purple color, beautiful black raspberry and blueberry-like fruit, underlying loamy soil tones, medium to full body, beautiful ripeness purity and depth. Like its siblings it is young, and still somewhat unformed but bursting with upside potential. Forget it for another year or so and drink it over the following 15+ years."

        Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

      • Top 100 Wines of Sonoma County

         

        "Edwards’ first owned vineyard produced a compact, well-structured wine with myriad notes of black cherry, wild berry, Asian spice, cola and toffee. It finishes both silky and firm, and is a great match for grilled duck breast."

        Linda Muphy, Sonoma Magazine, November 2016

      • 94 points / Cellar Selection

         

        "From the producer’s Sebastopol Hills hillside vineyard, this is a perfumy, elegant wine, a combination of lavender and roses with sizable tannins and a backbone of acidity. Dark black fruit and game swirl together with a complex addition of dried herb and violet.
        This is a lovely wine now, but will benefit from further cellaring through 2023."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

      • 91 points
        "A full measure of youthfully juicy, cherrylike fruit is the centerpiece of this impressively stuffed Pinot, but the wine is far more than simply fruity and is layered with sweet oak, minerals and dark earthy spice. While a wine of considerable substance and size, it is a well-managed one and shows a careful, very controlled winemaking hand, and, if some will find it a little tannic and tough at this point in its life, it clearly was not made for light-hearted quaffing. Wait for at least three or four years before bringing it out as a partner to savory, full-flavored meat dishes, and, given Ms. Edwards’ track record for producing longlived Pinots, we would not be surprised if it continues to grow for another decade or more."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2016

      • 95 points

         

        "Merry's 2013 Meredith is a strapping pinot that needs a bit of time to realize its full potential. Packed with dark fruits and spice and plenty of acid to balance the sweetness of the fruit from this very good vintage, this is a wine that needs to be tucked away for a few years. It's another blockbuster pinot from the Queen of California Pinot Noir and it deserves your respect."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 8, 2016

      • 92 points

         

        "This pitch black colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is a fruit bomb. It opens with fragrant blackberry bouquet with hints of plum. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is an extracted blackberry with notes of minerality and blueberry. I also detected hints of black raspberry, faint smoky oak and a dash of black pepper. The finish is dry and its flavors show very good length."

        Ken's Wine Guide, April 28, 2016

      • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended

         

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, March 2016

      •  

        "The Meredith Estate Pinot Noir is full bodied, concentrated, well balanced, and firm and long on the finish; needs aging. It has great depth of fruit, and tastes of cherry, raspberry, and plum with floral, toasty overtones. Very long aftertaste. Exceptional quality."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      •  

        “This pinot is full-bodied with bold black fruit and bright acidity. It’s ripe, but not over the top. Supple, with great mouth-feel. Impressive."

        Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Feb. 17, 2016

      • 92 points

         

        "Deep ruby color; smooth, cherry nose; juicy, dense and ripe with savory oak notes; fresh, balanced and long."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

      • Age-worthy

        Melissa Vogt talks about the age-worthy aspects of 2013 Meredith Estate: https://winejournal.robertparker.com/russian-river-valley-part-4-exploring-sebastopol-hills

         

        Melissa Vogt, Robert Parker's Wine Journal, Oct. 17, 2016

    • 2012

      • 92 points

         

        "Classically proportioned, pure, firm, rich and juicy, with aromas of violet and wilted rose amid vivid blueberry, wild berry, raspberry, cedar and crushed rock notes. This is both firm and dense, gaining depth and persistence, with a long, tapered finish."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, April 1, 2015

      • "Top 10 Wines of 2015"

         

        "Lush, intense aromas and flavors of black cherries, spice and earth, ripe, smooth tannins, long finish."

        Fred Tasker, Miami Herald, Dec. 29, 2015

      • 97 points

         

        "The Meredith Estate is typically Merry's star vineyard, but that's splitting hairs because her grape sourcing is impeccable. There's a reason, though, that Meredith is the star and it's embodied in this superb vintage. With seductive floral aromatics and intense, complex fruit aromas, the 2012 Merry Edwards Meredith is a stunning example of the complexity produced by the Meredith vines. Then there is the structure, with its brilliant and rare combination of power and intensity without weight. This is a seamless Pinot that exhibits remarkable elegance and depth, well worth the hefty price tag."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 24, 2015

      • In Good Company

         

        Merry finds herself in very good company, including Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, as the Robb Report recommends 2012 Meredith Estate as a perfect match for mushrooms in their article "Shroom and Board: Fungi and the Special Bottles to Savor with Them." Read it here: http://robbreport.com/slideshow/wine-spirits-cigars/fungi-and-special-bottles-savor-them/list

        Brett Anderson, Robb Report, Nov. 17, 2014

      • 96 points

         

        "At this stage -- and I qualify it because this wine, like Merry Edwards’ other Pinot Noir, is still evolving even though bottled -- combines attributes of her Klopp Ranch and Flax Vineyard bottlings.  Engaging aromatics grab your attention immediately, while a seamless combination of bright fruit flavors and savory nuances hold it.  Juicy and ripe, but like her other Pinot Noir, it is balanced and not overdone.  It definitely reflects its Californian origin but combines it with an uncanny grace.  Very polished, but like the Flax Vineyard, I’d find room in the cellar for this one and bring it up in a few years."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Aug. 25, 2015

      • 93 points

         

        "If starting out with a riveting nose of rich oak and extraordinarily pure Pinot Noir fruit that is nothing less than show stopping in its sheer richness and depth, this is a wine whose immediate appeals need resisting as it is years away from showing all that it has. It is moderately full-bodied, fairly sturdy in build and underpinned by evident tannins that when teamed with ample acidity bring a degree of back-palate toughness, but it is never so coarse as to call its future into question. The striking stamina of its beautifully formed fruit ensures a long and lovely future, and its enthusiastic endorsement comes with the strongest possible urging that it be allowed to quietly rest for no less than another half-decade."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2015

      •  

        "The Meredith Estate bottling is also first rate. It is luscious and complex in style; a full bodied, generously flavored wine that is beautifully balanced and very long in the finish, tasting of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, plum, kola nut, clove, toast, and spicy oak."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      • 90-91 points

         

        "Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Toasty black cherry aromas and rich black cherry, plum and pomegranate flavors. Very fruity with balanced tannins and fruit-driven finish. A luscious, rich California style."

        Prince of Pinot, April 2015

      • 92 points

         

        "Silky in blueberry and boysenberry fruit, this is a balanced Pinot, tending toward black and blue fruit over red, with a bouquet of rose petals and truffled earth. With just a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg, it develops spiciness on the palate, finishing light and bright."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015

      • 91 points

         

        "This is more aromatically elegant than the Klopp with its cooler and airier aromas of red and dark currant, spice and jasmine tea scented nose. There is both fine volume but also lovely detail to the vibrant middle weight flavors that possess better depth and length. This is clearly built-to-age and indeed the firm tannic spine will need time to soften and harmonize. Good stuff with excellent potential."

        Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, June 2015

      • Top 100 Wines

         

        "Vibrant blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry fruit is wrapped in vanillin oak and braced by firm tannins that scream for pairing now with rare steak and prime rib. Sock it away for five years or so and it should become more layered and supple."

        Linda Murphy, Sonoma Magazine, Nov. 26, 2015

      • 90 points

         

        Medium purplish ruby; attractive, deep, cherry and ripe strawberry fruit aroma with floral notes and hints of cardamom, clove, forest floor, and sandalwood; medium-full body; rich, deep, spicy, red fruit flavors with a note of cola; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A bit tight at present and needing a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, March 2015

      • 92 points

         

        "Deep, dense and meaty with black cherry and spice; silky, lush and balanced."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," April 2015

    • 2011

      • 94 points

         

        "Only great wineries can succeed in a brutally challenging vintage like 2011, and Merry Edwards did. This wine is not completely approachable now, being all dryness, tannins and acidity. Notes of wild mushrooms, brown rice, red licorice, cola, clove and white pepper frame the essential core of sour cherry candy. Drink 2019 and beyond. Cellar Selection"

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2014

      • 92 points

         

        "Sexy, ripe aromas of black raspberry, mocha, molasses and pepper, plus hints of black olive and game that reminded me of syrah. Intensely flavored, fat and plush, with earth and woodsmoke flavors accented by pepper and spices from the whole-cluster fermentation. This distinctly soil-driven pinot boasts excellent texture and held up nicely in the recorked bottle."

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014

      • 94 points

         

        "Merry Edwards’ Meredith Estate Pinot Noir has a lot in common with the Klopp Ranch bottling in that it’s weighty but not heavy and has Merry Edwards’ signature, a plush texture.  But worthy of a single vineyard bottling, it’s distinctive.  More tightly wound, befitting a young wine, it evolves nicely over an hour in the glass with earthy elements appearing.  It’s a bolder wine with more concentration and far more oak influence showing at this stage. It, like the Klopp Ranch and Flax Vineyard, deserve a few years in the cellar.  Her straight Russian River bottling is the one to reach for to uncork for tonight’s dinner."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, May 2014

      • 93 points

         

        "One of the better Pinots produced in the Russian River in this troubled vintage, the Meredith exhibits outstanding black-fruit goodness, excellent weight and depth, and a long, spicy finish. This would be a good wine for any vintage, but it's a major accomplishment for 2011."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 2014

      • 93 points

         

        "This very dark colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with an attractive black raspberry bouquet with hints of cola and blueberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and nicely displays it ripe fruit. The flavor profile is a tasty black raspberry with nicely integrated old oak. I also detected hints of cola and boysenberry. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins linger for quite some time. This sturdy Pinot will appeal to fans of bigger reds."

        KensWineGuide.com, May 2014

      •  

        "A pinot with intensity. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, herbs and spice. Has an appealing earthiness. This wine has depth. Top rate."

        Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Aug. 19, 2014

      • 92 points

         

        "Deep color; smooth texture and racy cherry fruit; nice earth and spice notes with hints of vanilla oak and a savory style; long and complex."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, April 2014

      • Dean Tudor, World Wine Watch, Writer's Circle of Canada

    • 2010

      • 95 points, Cellar Selection

         

        "This is an amazingly complex wine and a fine expression of the cool vintage. Perhaps the most notable feature is acidity; it’s strong, almost tingly, and will certainly help the wine age. The flavors are explosive yet refined, with notes of cherries, cola, pomegranates and plums. Good as it is to drink now, you’ll want to cellar it until 2018, and it will provide beauty for many additional years."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

      • 92 points

         

        "Dark-hued, quite rich and tannic, with good density and concentration, showing power and torque. This offers lots of dark berry, mocha, espresso and subtle vanilla bean notes."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, July 24, 2013

      • 95 points

         

        "Merry Edwards has scored the vinous equivalent of a hat trick with this trio of 2010 Pinot Noirs (Klopp Ranch, Flax Vineyard and Meredith Estate). This one, from the Meredith Estate, exemplifies her style of Pinot Noir, bold yet refined. It seems paradoxical, but she pulls it off consistently. The Meredith Estate is less immediately explosive and accessible compared to the one from the Flax Vineyard. Its complexity reveals itself over time as the tannins give way to a plethora of dark fruit and engaging earthiness. A dark minerality underlies and supports the wine. I would cellar this one for several years at least to let it soften. Though those who like more oomph with their Pinot Noir will have no trouble enjoying it now."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Sept. 10, 2013

      • 94 points

         

        "Silky and smooth with elegant flavors of bright cherry, strawberry and spice; juicy and fresh with vibrant, long flavors."

        Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, March 2013

      • 94 points

         

        "Merry Edward's pinot noirs tend to be on the powerful side and this vintage from the Meredith Estate, generally considered one of her flagship pinots, is no exception. Hefty and layered, with dark fruit aromas and rich in tannin, this is a pinot that exhibits gravitas without losing that crucial element of elegance that sets pinot noir apart from other red grape varieties. Drink it now or lay it down for up to 10 years."

        Robet Whitley, Wine Review Online, June 2013

      •  

        "(A) complex Pinot Noir that is supple in texture, full bodied, crisp, and very long in its flavor evolution. It is very well balanced (with excellent integration of oak and fruit), and very persistent in the finish, tasting of cassis, blueberry jam, cherry, toast, and spicy oak. Exceptional."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

      • 92 points / "Very highly recommended"

         

        "(A)ttractive, forward, intense, red fruit aroma with earth, herbal notes and hints of lavender, clove, and cocoa ... plush, velvety mouthfeel and well integrated fruit and oak."

        Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, April 2013

      • "Very good"

         

        "Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very ripe fruit profile on the nose offering aromas of blackberries, black raspberries, Asian 5-spice and subtle oak. Rich, ripe and full-flavored with oodles of sappy black fruits. The decadent fruit core is supported by balanced tannins and finishes with uncommon intensity and length. ...(T)his wine will find many fans relishing its mouth-coating explosion of fruit. Very good."

        Prince of Pinot, June 23, 2013

      • 92+ points

         

        "Bright saturated red with ruby highlights. Almost liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of dark cherry, black raspberry and dark chocolate, complicated by mocha, cola and underbrush. Densely packed and superconcentrated; the closest to liqueur-like of these 2010 pinots, showing serious weight in the mouth and brooding dark fruit and soil flavors. Finishes with chewy, dusty tannins but also terrific sweetness and breadth."

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2013

      • 91 points

        "This opaque and very dark purple colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a musty black plum and pomegranate bouquet with hints of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty black currant with nicely integrated minerality and gentle toasted oak. The panel also detected some hints of plum. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for quite some time."

        Ken's Wine Guide, May 2013

    • 2009

      • 96 points

         

        "Here’s a Pinot to put into your cellar. That’s if you can keep from opening it now and savoring the deep, spicy flavors that are so captivating. Offers up layers of cherries, cola, pomegranates, mushrooms, Indian spices and minerals, not to mention a deft touch of sweet, smoky oak. Won­derful tannins and brisk acidity provide balancing struc­ture to the richness. The finish is long. Drink anytime from now through 2017."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, May 2012

      • 90 points / "Very highly recommended"

         

        "Attractive, intense, toasty, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cola and lavender; medium-full body; tight, herbal, toasty, black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with firm acidity ... Shows good depth and structure and deserving some bottle aging."

        California Grapevine, March 2012

      • 90 points

         

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 27, 2011

      • 93 points

         

        "Rich ripe red fruit with a berrylike taste, smooth textures, hint of milk chocolate on finish."

        Dick Rosano, weeklywinepick.com, Feb. 24, 2012

      •  

        "(E)xceptional. The Meredith Estate is luscious and full bodied; a wonderful Pinot in a fleshy, intensely flavored and complex style. It tastes of plum, strawberry, rosehips, tobacco, toast, cranberry, and is very persistent on the finish."

        Restaurant Wine, July 2012

      • 97 points

         

        "This Pinot Noir is pitch black and opens with a mild black raspberry bouquet with a hint of old leather. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, smooth, and sensational. The flavor profile is a delicious blackberry and mild black raspberry blend. I also detected some nicely integrated oak and hints of black plum. This may be the best Pinot I have covered by Merry. The finish is dry and its elegant fine tannins drift away nicely. This wine would be perfect with rosemary and thyme seasoned grilled pork tenderloin. Enjoy this gem and share with friends!"

        Ken's Wine Guide, July 18, 2012

      • 93 points

         

        "Highly perfumed aromas of blueberry, white pepper, bitter chocolate, rose petal and blood orange. Silky on entry, then seamless and light on its feet, with tangy intensity to the flavors of blackberry, violet and pepper. Lovely creamy underlying sweetness here, but graceful and shapely too. The vibrant rising finish features very fine-grained tannins and lovely length and grip. Really leaves the taste buds vibrating. Lovely use of whole-berry fermentation here."

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2012

      • Weekly Wine Pick

         

        "A complex pinot with notes of blackberry, plum, violets and tobacco. Seamless texture. Lingering finish."

        Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat, Oct. 10, 2012

      • 96 points

         

        "Riveting, very pure and perfectly ripened with highlights of minerals, new leather and coffee as accents to its deep and concentrated varietal fruit, this year's Meredith Estate is a tour de force rendering of what the Merry Edwards does best. There is great winemaking sensibility apparent in its fine sense of proportion and exemplary balance, and it is never too much or too little. It is a Pinot of both great strength and reserve, and it stands with those exceptional efforts that could age for a decade or more."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2012

    • 2008

      • 94 points, Cellar Selection

         

        Wine Enthusiast magazine, August 2011

      More Acclaim
      • No. 68 in Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections

         

        "An enormous wine, rich and complex and tannic enough to cellar. ... (i)t floods the mouth with savory cherry, cola, rhubarb, cocoa and cinnamon spice flavors, wrapped into a silky, velvety texture. Feels classic, but you do want to give it some time."

        November 2011

      •  95 points

         

        "As deep, as rich and as well appointed in persistent fruit as any of its stablemates, the Pinot Noir from Ms. Edwards' home property is perhaps the best bred of them all. It is at one and the same time weighty and beautifully balanced, and its composed combination of ripeness, sweet oak and fresh cherries puts it on the track for certain improvement with age. Its sense of vigor and fruity stamina makes us think that it could grow for a decade or more, and, if given the choice, we would exercise patience and wait for at least four or five years before pulling its cork.

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2011

      • 93 points

         

        "Meredith Estate is now a Merry Edwards staple and it is consistently delicious. The 2008 is a very good example of the vineyard's potential, showing strong notes of cherry, spice and cola, with firm tannins and excellent persistence of flavor through a lingering finish. This is a wine that typically drinks best five to seven years out from the vintage, so it's a good candidate to cellar."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, June 28, 2011

      • 90 points

         

        "Serves up a complex range of flavors, from wilted rose, dried berry, raspberry, plum and cherry to wet rock and mineral. Sour cherry fruit seeps through on the finish."

        Wine Spectator Insider, James Laube, Aug. 3, 2011

      • 90 points

         

        "This opaque and dark ruby colored Pinot Noir opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a mild black currant with notes of plum and oak on the back palate. The finish is dry and its fine tannins are gentle."

        Ken's Wine Guide, June 13, 2011

    • 2007

      • 97 points; No. 24 in Top 100 Wines

         

        "A splendid, near-perfect Pinot, although it’s very young and will benefit from time in the bottle. Few Pinots offer richer, more massive flavors. Just explodes on the palate with raspberries, cherries, persimmons, Dr. Pepper cola, mocha and cinnamon spices, yet the tannin-acid structure keeps it all balanced. A joy to drink as it warms and changes in the glass."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2010

      • puff puff94 points

         

        "Deep, rich and perfumed, high in keenly focused varietal fruit boasting of cherries, succulent strawberries and cola, layered with creamy, slightly toasty oak yet light on its feet and full of energy, this wine is simply loaded with compelling components from first sniff to lasting aftertaste."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2010

      • 93 Points

         

        "There’s absolutely no doubt that Merry Edwards is among the premier Pinot makers not only in California but in the entire world, as she produces superb wines every year, without exception, from a grape that is purportedly extremely challenging.  This particular wine shows lots of juicy, ripe fruit but also some savory backnotes and very nicely balanced wood influence that provides some spicy, smoky accents around the margins.  Although it is certainly enjoyable now, Merry Edwards’ Pinots age amazingly well for at least a decade, and this will certainly not hit its apogee of complexity for another five years.  Lots of American Pinots in this price range from California are not worth their asking price.  This one is."

        Winereviewonline.com, Michael Franz, Dec. 7, 2010

      • "Most Likely to Succeed"

         

        "Opulent and juicy with vibrant black cherry; this fruit comes from Merry's personal vineyard and shows what she can do when she controls the process from soil to bottle; lovely fruit and firm acid structure; long and complex."

        The Tasting Panel, December 2010

      • 94 points "Make Room in the Cellar"

        "Deep and complex Pinot with a lot to like. This wine has really great structure and depth that requires air to bring it out into the open -- at least two hours."

        PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

      • 91 Points "Best Wines of the Year"
        "Rich with tannin ... this wine releases its fruit slowly, as the tannic grip relents. A minute after the first taste, you might catch a glimpse of that fruit and earthiness. With air, hints of strawberry and strawberry leaf gain strength in the balance and length on the palate. Give this several years in bottle before serving with roast boar."

        Wine and Spirits Magazine, reviewed October 2010, and "Best Wines of the Year," April 2011

      • Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

      • 92 points and Daily Wine Pick

        "Sleek and refined, a delicate style with complex earthy cherry, cedar, mineral and savory herb notes that are ... refined, gaining depth and complexity."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, March 10, 2010; Daily Wine Pick, May 22, 2010

      • 90 points

        "Medium-bodied, balanced, lush, and silky. Mild strawberry flavors with a good dose of integrated oak."

        KensWineGuide.com, May 2010

      • 89 points

        "Attractive, intense, sweet raspberry and Bing cherry fruit aroma with notes of cola, vanilla and sassafras ... rich, dusty, firmly structured, red cherry fruit flavors ... full tannin; lingering aftertaste ... Highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, Feb.-March 2010

      • The Best Pinot

        "The 2007 from her namesake vineyard, Meredith, has produced what she feels is her best Pinot ever from this 24-acre plot, and I would have to agree. With its already complex aromas of wild strawberry, wild blueberry and hint of damask rose, it holds stunning promise for a few years down the road -- though it is pretty delectable right now."

        Barbara Ensrudm BeWineWise.com, Winter 2009

      • 9.5 / 10 points
        "Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine has a very pretty nose of raspberry and an interesting dichotomy between an airy sweetness and a briary quality that speaks to deeper complexity. In the mouth it is lithe and slippery, and almost more aromatic than it is flavorful. Beautiful bright raspberry flavors with hints of cedar swirl on the palate coursing over nice smooth, faint tannins that are balanced with excellent acidity. "

        Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, March 24, 2009

    • 2006

      • 94 Points

        125 Top Picks from a year of Silver Celebrations - Top California Wine of 2009: "Bright garnet hue. Fresh black cherry, clove, flint, rhubarb and basil aromas. A balanced, well-structured wine with crisp cherry and strawberry fruit laced with earthy, woodsy tannins and drying mineral notes. The combination of red fruit and woodland expressions should pair nicely with a variety of foods."

        Wine News, Feb. 1, 2010

      • 93 points
        "This is Merry Edwards' personal vineyard, and as the vines gain age, the wines get better and better. The 2006 is young and grapey and needs time in the cellar to come around. It's a powerhouse of a wine, stuffed with black and red cherry, currant, Dr. Pepper and Asian spice flavors. Impresses for the sheer depth of flavor and overall balance. Best after 2010, if you can keep your hands off it."

        Wine Enthusiast, August 2009

      • 93 points
        "Medium ruby hue. Quite youthful, warm red fruit aromas. Firm, tart black fruit in the mouth with a beguiling hint of smoked cherry. Soft and warm on the palate with luscious, exceptionally well-balanced, generous fruit supported by crisp acidity."

        Lyn Farmer, The Wine News, Summer 2009

      • 90 points
        "(E)ndowed with a wealth of deep, well-defined cherry-like fruit and is further enriched by lots of complementary oak. As with its siblings, it requires aging if it is to reach its full potential, and those who chose to exercise three or four years of patience will be repaid with a compelling Pinot Noir of both balance and breadth. "

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2009

      • Cellar Worthy

        "The 2006 Meredith Vineyard in the southern and cooler Russian River Valley showcases blending five different Pinot Noir clones, while producing 15 different batches of wine. This is the birth of complexity. The raspberry is in harmony with the fresh acidity and firm structure. This is a wine for the cellar and will reward the patient."

        crushandpress.blogspot.com, June 2, 2009

      • Cherry red

        Cherry red with a full nose seasoned with spice, black pepper and earth."

        Bill Daley, The Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2009

      • 92 points
        "It opens with a mild, but pleasant spicy raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very smooth, a touch flinty, and well balanced. Its flavors are a blend of raspberry and strawberries with a dash of pepper and spice mixed in. The finish is quite dry and its moderate tannins linger for quite some time. The panel felt this Pinot would pair nicely with shrimp cocktail, a pork tenderloin, or a seared tuna steak."

        KensWineGuide.com, May 1, 2009

      • 91 points

        "It has become a truism among wine aficionados that Pinot Noir is maddeningly difficult to grow and to vinify. But if that were really true, how could a vintner like Merry Edwards manage to make multiple bottlings sourced from multiple vineyards that are all complete and convincing, and do so year after year? We'll need to leave that question for another time, observing here that this wine shows pure fruit notes of black cherries and wild strawberries that are nicely framed by subtle notes of vanilla and woodsmoke. Ready now with food, this will become even more interesting aromatically if you can let it age for another three or four years."

        Michael Franz, winereviewonline.com, April 23, 2009

      • Aging Potential

        "One quick pass of the nose over a glass of this wine and intense aroma of red raspberry is what you smell most intensely. Wafting gently in the back of your throat is a hint of cinnamon cardamom and allspice that is reminiscent of a yummy Austrian Linzertorte. On the palate the red raspberry fruit is balanced by sturdy acidity that lends the wine a more Burgundian body and weight and gives the wine long aging potential."

        Summer Whitford, winespecialist.wordpress.com, March 11, 2009

    • 2005

      • puff puff
        94 Points

        “The pure and precise cherryish fruit that marks the best Russian River Pinots is in full evidence right from start here, and it stays the course with remarkable persistence from the wine’s deep, keenly defined nose all the way through to its lengthy finish … showing a fine sense of polish and crafting, this one tempts early drinking but is structured for keeping and will improve for the next half-dozen years.”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide, June 2008

      • "Highly Recommended"

        “(A)ttractive, bright cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with a touch of vanilla and a hint of cola; rich textured, toasty, spicy, ripe black cherry fruit flavors with good depth and a supple mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste.”

        California Grapevine, April-May 2008

      • starstarstarstar

        “Complex, with aromas and flavors of cherry, cola, coffee, mint and bittersweet chocolate.”

        The Press Democrat, April 30, 2008

      • 91 points

        “A powerful wine, it retains the elegance that is the Merry Edwards hallmark.”

        Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, April 1, 2008

    • 2004

      • puff puff 93 Points

        “Deeply fruited in its aroma with just the right bit of oak and accents of sweet smoke ... it is filled with fruit that is all Californian.”

        Connoisseurs' Guide, June 2007

      • Highly Recommended

        “(P)erfumed, floral … raspberry and black cherry fruit aroma with a note of mocha.”

        California Grapevine, April-May 2007

    • 2003

      • 91 points

        “It’s elegant and complex now, and changes as it breathes in the glass”

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2006

      • 90 points

        James Laube, The Wine Spectator, Dec. 15, 2006

      • 93 points

        “Rich, even voluptuous … Superb Pinot”

        Steve Pitcher, The Wine News, April/May 2006

      • 92 points

        Pinot Report, Issue #38

      • 91 points
        “It’s elegant and complex now, and changes as it breathes in the glass."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2006

      • 90 points

        “Classy Pinot … Elegantly styled, with excellent balance.”

        Wine Spectator Insider, April 5, 2006



      • “(F)ull bodied … very long on the palate, and persistent on the finish.”

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #111

      • “An exotic, concentrated Pinot.”

        The Press Democrat, March 8, 2006

      • One of the Top Ten Pinot Noirs of 2005

        “(Q)uintessential Sonoma Coast Pinot … a luscious complex package.”

        Steve Pitcher, The Wine News, December/January 2005 -2006

    • 2002

      • 95 points

        “WOW! This Pinot is a mouthful of great flavors! Incredible structure and balance.”

        PinotReport, Issue #28

      • 93 points

        “Lots of extract in this quintessential Sonoma Coast Pinot. … Luscious and complex, it will benefit from a couple of years of cellaring.”

        Steve Pitcher, The Wine News, May 2005

      • 93 points

        Lovely, essential Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir..."Rated among the top 13 wines of The Year's Best Pinot Noirs

        Wine & Spirits, February 2009

      • 92 points


        “Its vigorous, keenly defined fruit is simply relentless…”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, February 2005

      • 91 points

        “Very highly recommended.”

        California Grapevine, December 2004-January 2005

      • 91 points

        “Long and lush with lovely flavors and good balance.”

        Anthony Dias Blue, Pattersons Beverage Journal, January 2005

      • 90 points

        “Vosne-Romanée-like dark fruit aromas…sweet and nuanced in the mouth…a big mouthful

        Stephen Tanzer, The International Wine Cellar, January 2005

      • ****+

        “Excellent.”

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #10

      • Firm structure

        “Firm structure is apparent immediately on the aromas. Lush ripe black berries lending a red color and a very seductive bouquet. All this leads to a perfectly balanced wine with a backbone that will help it to age beautifully for a few years.”

        Narsai David, KCBS radio, Nov. 17, 2004

      • Breadth and depth

        "The Meredith … has the sweetest fruit, greatest lift, sleekest build and most persistence of them all. We rolled the 2002 into a blind tasting and it knocked us out with the breadth and depth of its dark, ripe and rich berry fruit.”

        Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee, Dec. 15, 2004

    • 2001

      • 93 points

        “The Pinot from Merry's own vineyard -- the Meredith Estate -- is fast becoming my favorite of the Pinots she makes. It's incredibly deep with many levels of bold flavors.”

        Greg Walter, PinotReport, February 2004

      • ( 90 points)

        “ A wealth of very pure, perfectly ripened cherry-like fruit at every turn, this deftly oaked offering strikes a lovely balance between ripeness and careful structure. Wonderfully tasty … it promises to grow over time and will must surely reward a few more years of patience.”

        Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004

      • "(A) rich, full bodied Pinot Noir, with good depth and length. It is intensely fruity (black cherry) with overtones of spicy oak, tobacco and wood smoke.”

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #99

      • Pairs beautifully

        Sunset Magazine notes that Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with mushrooms and recommends 2001 Merry Edwards Meredith Estate to complement its recipe for Linguine with Mushroom Sauce.

        Sunset Magazine, February 2004

    • 2000

      • Exceptional

        "Exceptional. Intriguing spice note adds interest to dark-berry flavors,
        with fruit and hints of cinnamon and pepper in the finish."

        Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, July 10, 2003

      • 91 points

        Wine Enthusiast, February 2003

      • Restaurant Wine, Issue #92, "A Trio of Impressive Pinots"

      • 93 points
        “This is an incredibly complex and deep Pinot with character that goes on and on.”

        PinotReport, October 2002

    Meredith Estate Pinot Noir
  • Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    • 2014

      • 92 points

         

        "Smooth and medium-bodied, this is a rounded, lovely expression of rhubarb compote and black tea that's softly layered on the palate. Rose petals invite first before wild blueberry and nutmeg make their mark, supported by juicy acidity and a grippy length of tannin."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

      • 90 points / Very highly recommended

         

        "Medium ruby; attractive, forward, relatively intense, black cherry fruit aroma with hints of mushroom, Asian spice, and damp earth; medium to medium-full body; rich, textured, firmly structured, Bing cherry and red berry fruit flavors with hints of cola and vanilla, and some weight and textured in the mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste."

        California Grapevine, December 2016

    • 2013

      • 90 points

         

        "An easygoing, approachable wine with lush texture and characteristics of soy, black olive and forest floor, this wine leans savory and quite minerally, with spicy acidity giving it a kick on the palate. Savory and juicy, it expands on the finish into a lushness of velvety goodness."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

      • 90 points

         

        "There is a good bit of fruity muscle implied in the rich, ripe cherry aromas of this one, and, while following through with plenty of heft on the palate, the wine is insistently focused on Pinot Noir and its pure, deeply drawn varietal fruit is comfortably joined by lots of sweet and creamy oak. If already very showy, it displays fine staying power as well, and, if short-term drinking cannot be discouraged, it has the substance and structure to improve for upwards of a half-dozen years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2016

      • 90 points

         

        "This bright red colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a fragrant cherry-cola and mild oak bouquet with a hint of blueberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, silky, and friendly. The flavor profile is a pleasant red plum and red cherry-cola blend with hints of beef stick, mild oak and black raspberry. The finish is dry and its mild tannins and flavors are nicely prolonged. This Pinot is very food friendly and will be a very popular pour at restaurants."

        Ken's Wine Guide, April 25, 2016

      • "Highly recommended"

         

        "Hint of oak, floral aromas, powerful flavors of ripe red plums, cloves and tobacco, soft, ripe tannins, long finish."

        Fred Tasker, Tribune News Service, June 28, 2016

      • 93 points

         

        "This is one of Merry Edwards' appellation bottlings, and as usual, it's a good one.  I like the cola pizzazz here as it rides over the black cherry and fall spice.  The wine is quite fruit driven, which may surprise you when trying it alongside the winery's other offerings.  It's delicious now, and will take some cellaring with ease."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, June 14, 2016

      • 90 points

         

        "Bright cherry nose; smooth, juicy and tangy with spice and savory notes; juicy, balanced and long."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

    • 2012

      • "11 Winning Wine Gifts for Mother's Day: Buy a Bottle From a Famous Female Winemaker"

         

        "Surprise your mom with a bottle from the hands of legendary female winemaker Merry Edwards. The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of five cool climate vineyards. Red fresh berries intermingle with hibiscus liqueur, a subtle traction of cedar wood and a hint of warming baking spice on the finish.”

        Lenka Davis, wine director, Barbareño Restaurant, Santa Barbara, in Wine Enthusiast magazine, May 5, 2015

      • 91 points

         

        "A blend from five different Sonoma Coast vineyards, this is a delicious Pinot steeped in flavors of raspberry liqueur and pomegranate, light in texture and personality yet rich and spicy on the finish. The oak makes itself felt midpalate, a delicately smooth layering of toast and tannin, lovingly balanced by pleasing aromas of violet and cinnamon."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

      •  

        "An absolutely striking pinot noir with great depth. Complex aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate and white pepper. Buoyant acidity. Lingering finish. Also a steal for the price. A knockout."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 4, 2014

      • 90 points

         

        "With a forty year history of working with Pinot Noir, it’s no surprise that Merry Edwards is one of California’s star producers of that varietal.  While her single vineyard bottlings show the diversity of sites, this one from the Sonoma Coast is a great introduction to her engaging style.  Brimming with cherry-like flavors, this bright wine has substantial weight balanced by mild suave tannins."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2015

      •  

        "The Sonoma Coast bottling is an excellent wine: medium rich, supple, balanced, and long on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of raspberry, strawberry jam, plum, spicy oak, guava, and cedar."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      • 90 points

         

        "This dark red colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a fragrant black cherry bouquet with a hint of oak and black raspberry. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced, juicy and very easy to enjoy. The flavor profile is a tasty red plum with notes of oak and strawberry licorice. I also detected a hint of cinnamon and faint red raspberry. The finish is dry and its dusty oak tannins are sticky and linger. This Pinot would pair well with a slow cooked prime rib roast."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Feb. 4, 2015

      • 91 points

         

        "The most outgoing and approachable of Merry's new Pinots, the Sonoma Coast bottling should not be seen as a simple and scaled-down version of the winery's pricier efforts and stands as a striking success in its own right. Its pure, incisively fruity aromas and vital, very deep flavors hit all the right varietal marks, and it is as well-balanced as it is keenly focused with a sense of polish that will make waiting difficult. That said, we see every reason to believe that it will grow for at least three or four years and keep comfortably for twice as long."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2015

    • 2011

      • 91 points

         

        "This isn’t one of Merry Edwards’ single-vine­yard Pinots, but who cares? It’s a magnificent effort, and a classic expression of Sonoma Coast in a good vintage. The wine is dry and tannic, yet lilting in the mouth, with flavors of raspberries, cherries, pome­granates and mushrooms. It’s not an ager, but an ele­gant, sophisticated Pinot to drink now."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

      • Rich Finish

         

        "Merry Edwards has a way with this varietal. In 2011, she extracted from this grape amazing perfumes of sweet cherry and raspberry and, on the palate, more fruit and a warm brioche note, as well as a supple body, bright acidity, and a rich finish."

        Robb Report, "Host's Guide," November 2013

      • 91 points

         

        "Merry Edwards shows that the French have no monopoly on the concert of terroir.  Her Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is refreshingly different from her Russian River bottlings.  It delivers bright berry-like flavors intermingled with spicy and earthy nuances.  It’s a lively and invigorating wine that combines succulence and spice without being overdone.  It is lovely now and, given the prices of top-end Pinot Noir, a very good buy."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2013

    • 2010

      • 92 points

         

        "Bright saline notes frame expressive fruit in the 2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. A beautifully layered wine, the 2010 impresses for its length, finesse and balance. I very much like the sense of precision and cut here. Sweet floral notes meld into red berries and spices in this striking, delineated wine. The 2010 Sonoma Coast is another winner from Merry Edwards."

        Antonio Galloni, April 2013

      • 92 points

         

        "Power vs. finesse. Which wins out? It’s pretty much a draw in this blend of various sites throughout the sprawling Sonoma Coast appellation. It shows the acidity and dryness of the coast, as well as the long hangtime richness of the vintage, with spicy raspberry and cherry flavors liberally oaked. A gorgeous wine, and a bargain given that it’s the least expensive of the winery’s 2010 Pinots."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

      •  

        "(D)eeply colored, full bodied, and richly flavored; a somewhat robust Sonoma Coast Pinot. It has rich flavor, good balance, and a firm, long finish, tasting of red currant jam, toast, clove, spicy oak, plum and raspberry. A terrific value."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

      • Impressive

        "A pinot with a good concentration of fruit. Notes of berry, cherry, herbs and spice. Impressive."

         

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 19, 2013

    • 2009

      • 94 points / Editors' Choice

         

        "Made from eight vineyards lo­cated throughout this sprawling appellation, this wine showcases the art of the blend, and is an extraordinary achievement for its sheer opulence. Offers wave after wave of Pinot flavor, with superb tannins and mouthwa­tering acidity. The fact that this is Merry Edwards’s least expensive Pinot Noir is amazing and makes it a special buy."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, May 2012

      •  

        "The 'lowly' Sonoma Coast bottling is merely excellent: a delicious Pinot Noir that is ripely flavored, full bodied, crisp and well balanced, with long persistence ..."

        Restaurant Wine, July 2012

      •  

        "A striking pinot with concentrated fruit and great focus. Sleek and elegant. Complex, with notes of rose petal, smoke, raspberry, herbs and cinnamon. Firm tannins. Crisp acidity."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Oct. 17, 2012

    • 2008

      • 'Excellent'

         

        "The Merry Edwards Pinot Noir 2008, Sonoma Coast, is so damned pretty and balanced and integrated that you want to eat it with a spoon. The color is radiant cerise with a magenta glow; aromas of black cherries and rose petals, cola and cranberry waft from the glass, while in the mouth the wine offers delicious and moderately spicy flavors of ripe black cherries and red currants in a texture that feels transparent and lacy; the satiny finish brings in touches of briers and graphite. Absolutely lovely. Excellent."

        Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Thank Your Head blog, Nov. 27, 2011

      • 'A real find'

         

        "Medium deep red color. Lovely classic Pinot Noir nose … smoky, earthy, lush ripe berries, aromatic tea leaves all tease you on the nose. On the palate, lots of ripe berries, fine acid, you keep salivating long after swallowing. Those lingering flavors of ripe berries and spice are definitive Pinot Noir. ... (T)his is a real find."

        Narsai David, KCBS food and wine editor, May 23, 2011

      • 94 points, Editors' Choice

         

        Wine Enthusiast magazine, August 2011

      •  

        "A pinot with depth. Concentrated aromas and flavors of cherry, berry, herbs and spice. Caramel finish. Tangy. Complex.

        Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat, May 18, 2011

      •  90 points

         

        "Not far off the pace set by the winery's more expensive, single-estate offerings, this vibrant and well-structured effort is a Pinot with plenty of pieces and a fine sense of depth ... there is no doubt in our minds that the wine will age famously."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2011

      • 91 points

         

        This dark ruby colored Pinot from Merry Edwards opens with a black raspberry and plum bouquet with a hint of old leather and vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty oak infused tart black plum. The panel also detected notes of chocolate and black cherry in the blend. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are nicely prolonged.

        Ken's Wine Guide, April 13, 2011

      • 91 Points

         

        "Very smooth finish with a hint of pepper at the end."

        Cellartracker.com, Feb. 17, 2011

    • 2007

      • Complex

        "Medium-deep ruby color; deep, earthy, forest floor aromas with some dark cherry notes; deep, rich earthy, dark cherry flavors with forest floor and cinnamon notes ... good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex Pinot that needs time to open up; lots of nice layers once it does."

        PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

      • 91 points "Year's Best Pinot Noir"
        "This pinot noir has substantial weight and it also has drive, the flavors of bosky cherry, foresty mushroom and pine held tight within a rich texture. Oak contributes to the smoky scent and adds to the mineral tannin without blocking the clean fruit."

        Wine & Spirits Magazine, reviewed June 2010, "Year's Best Pinot Noir," April 2011

      • 3.5 Stars

        Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

      • 91 Points

        Deep ruby colour; intense, spicy plum, smoke and leather nose; sweet fruit, full on the palate with a lively spine of acidity, well integrated oak and ripe tannins.

        Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, June 2, 2010

      • Wines for Cinco de Mayo

        A wine that "stands up to the complex flavors and vibrant spices of traditional Mexican cuisine."

        Dick Rosano, Wine Enthusiast, May 4, 2010

      • Wine of the Week

        "A big boy pinot. Dense, with layered flavors of cherry, plum, herbs and spice. Long finish."

        The Press Democrat, December 2009

      • Dense

        "As Press Democrat's wine writer, Peg Melnik, looks for good value and the occasional splurge, her picks for the week includes 2007 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, $36.00. A dense pinot noir with tangy fruit flavors. Layered, with deep, rich fruit, herbs and spice. Long finish."

        Peg Melnik - The Press Democrat, November 29, 2009

      • 92 points

        Wine Enthusiast, January 2010

      • 90 Points

        Community Tasting - CellarTracker.com, September 2009

      • 90 Points

        "Bright, deep ruby hue. Lovely, appealing high-toned mineral and red fruit aromas, especially an attractive note of red cherry. Bracing acidity offers firm structure and brightens lean red fruit and red currant flavors. Medium in weight with a very clean finish."

        Lyn Farmer - The Wine News, Summer 2009

      • 90+ Points

        "Big, sous bois, tart cherry, cherry pie nose; tasty, tart cherry, mineral, complex palate; medium finish."

        Richard Jennings, wineberserkers.com, June 29, 2009

      • Bright, fresh

        "The 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is composed of fruit from cooler sites, including Meredith Vineyard. Bright, fresh and zesty melds nicely with a perfume of red fruits and blueberries. This spicy fellow was my traveling companion to Laguna Beach for the holiday weekend where a grilled Copper River salmon joined us for dinner."

        crushandpress.blogspot.com, June 2, 2009

    • 2006

      • Firm but balanced

        "This wine is just the ticket. It has a ripe blueberry and floral nose and tastes a little like blackberry and spice on the palate. The tannins are firm but are thankfully balanced by the wine’s fruit and thanks to the acidity and tannins this wine can still take some aging."

        Summer Whitford - winespecialist.wordpress.com, March 11, 2009

      • Bright

        "Bright, cherry-raspberry nose; sleek and only slightly oaked. It's fairly light-bodied but definitely not wimpy, as some Pinots can be. It would be great with a salad of raspberries, gathered greens and bleu cheese crumbles."

        Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, November 7, 2008

      • 90.2 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, November 4, 2008

    • 2005

      • Smooth and Supple

        “…smooth and supple with bright cherry and raspberry and a whisper of sage.”

        mercurynews.com, November 14, 2007

      • 90.8 Points

        Community Tasting

        Cellartracker.com, November 10, 2008

      • Gorgeous

        “This gorgeous wine was the biggest of the pinots we tasted, packed with
        bright cherry and notes of lemon and orange, vanilla and spice.”

        MSNBC.com, November 14, 2007

    • 2004

      • 93 points Editors Choice

        Wine Enthusiast

        March 2007

      • puff puff 91 points

        “…this lovely, beautifully focused and carefully crafted working is an outstanding value by any and all measures.”


        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2007

      • Elegant

        “…an elegant wine, perfectly balanced with fruit, acid and tannins.”

        Narsai David
        In the Kitchen with Narsai
        KCBS Radio, December 18, 2006

    • 2003

      • 92 points

        “…good structure and balance, long finish. Big and lush…”

        Greg Walter, PinotReport, Issue#33

      • Rich

        “This one has a kind of papal richness about it -- authority, tradition, grandeur.”

        Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee, January 3, 2007

      • ****

        “A rich, full-bodied wine…Excellent”

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #107

      • Aromatic

        “The aromas and flavors really light up the palate.”

        Narsai David, KCBS RADIO, July 15, 2005

      • Elegant

        “Elegant, staff favorite”

        Food & Wine Magazine, October 2005

    • 2002

      • “ Very highly recommended,” 90 points

        -California Grapevine, June-July 2004

      • 93 points

        “Big, full and beautiful - this Pinot is a delight to drink.”

        -PinotReport, Issue #24

      • (one puff)

        “This rich and well-ripened wine stands as the bargain of the Merry Edwards clan.”

        -Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2004

      •  “An excellent Pinot Noir, in a supple, somewhat fleshy style.”

        -Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, issue #101

      • “Sweet-tart flavors of red cherry, cedar and earth.”

        -The Wine News, August/September 2004

    • 2001

      • 93 points

        "This Pinot from Merry Edwards should be in every Pinot lover's cellar. It's not only great Pinot, but the incredible $27 price means you should try to get a case."

        -Greg Walter, publisher, PinotReport, October 2003

      • 91 points

        "Very similar in profile to Merry Edwards' s Olivet Lane bottling...That makes it a relative value."

        -Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide April 2004

      • (90 points)

        “… Ripe cherry fruit and dried rose petal nose is followed by a fairly ripe, somewhat velvety, nicely structured wine in the mouth…service with grilled lamb chops or a breast of duck is sure to bring out its best.”

        -Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004

      • ****+

        “Extremely aromatic and fine; supple and full bodied, with good depth of flavor and excellent balance. Very long finish. It tastes of plum, clove, tobacco, vanilla and rose petal. Another testament to the efforts and dedication of California's Pinot Noir pioneers, among whom Merry Edwards is one of the most accomplished.”

        -Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, in a featured SPOTLIGHT of three 2001 Merry Edwards wines in Restaurant Wine, Issue #97

      • These are three exceptional wines from a great vintage. A slow, cool growing season meant pleanty of acid & structure.

        "...has an elegance balanced by a firm tannic backbone that will age beautifully for a few years”

        -Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Raido, January 13, 2004

      • “Gorgeous”

        -Barbara Ensrud, The Cork Report, MetroMagazine, December 19, 2003

      • Gorgeous

        “The region that produces the juiciest and most seductive Pinot Noirs, to my mind (and palate), is the Russian River Valley in western Sonoma.”

        -Barbara Ensrud, The Cork Report, MetroMagazine, December 19, 2003

    Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
  • Angel Wing Pinot Noir

    • 2011

      • 96 points

         

        "(T)his is a monumental Pinot Noir, in the best sense of the word.  One whiff predicts its grandeur.  What follows is a glorious explosion of flavors — smoky, fruity, earthy — that flow seamlessly one into another. A hefty wine, its silky, velvety texture reinforces its overall gracefulness.  Unlike red Burgundy, which I characterize as “flavor without weight,” Merry Edwards’ Angel Wing definitely has weight, but it’s not in what I call the “Pinot Syrah” category.  Fresh and clean, its brightness makes it a joy to drink now.  It’s a worthy tribute."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, March 3, 2015

      • 93 points

         

        "Rich, ripe black cherry, cassis and spice on a dense, meaty texture, with lovely notes of toasty oak."

        Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel magazine, December 2014

      • 93 points

         

        “A special bottling made by the producer to honor her late son, this wine is dark and brooding, offering a depth and warmth of baked plum and blackberry seasoned in cardamom, with a satisfying finish of coffee. With sizable tannin and oak, it suggests cellaring through 2022–2025 to enjoy further its complexity and concentration.”
        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015
      • 90 points

         

        "This bright ruby colored tribute Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very good and was recommended by the panel. It opens with a fragrant and attractive strawberry bouquet with hints of must and cherry-cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and fruit forward. The flavor profile is strawberry rhubarb with hints of cherry pie, cola and caramel. The finish is dry and its flavors are nicely prolonged. The panel thought this wine was youthful and would blossom with time."

        Kens Wine' Guide, April 18, 2015

      • 90 points

         

        "A subtle touch of wood frames spicy, ripe and attractively layered aromas of plum, lilac, violet and dark pinot fruit. There is excellent size, weight and mid-palate concentration to the velvety and mouth coating flavors that conclude in a seductively textured finish that offers fine length though not as much depth as the best wines in the range. To be sure this is well made and well balanced and should age effortlessly."
        Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, June 2015
      • "Bottled Film Noir: Christmas Movies Paired with Wine
        In It's a Wonderful Life, "George Bailey (James Stewart) is reinvented thanks to his angel (Henry Travers). For this reason, this sentimental wine with wings is in order: Merry Edwards, 2011 Angel Wing Pinot Noir. The bottling has angel wings etched on it, and Edwards produced it as a tribute to her son, Warren Miller, who passed in 2006. It’s no longer available at the winery but you can find it online. .... Of course, knowing the backstory is enough to make any pinot at Merry Edwards a worthy, sentimental pick."

        Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Dec. 23, 2015

    • 2006

      • 91 Points

        "The wine's complexity centers on bosky cherry and floral spice. It has the round and luscious texture that Edwards achieves in her best pinots, this one balancing the warmth of alcohol with a structure that will benefit from years of development in the bottle."

        Wine & Spirits Magazine - Year's Best Pinot Noirs, April 2010

      • 92 Points
        "MAKE ROOM IN THE CELLAR! Deep, rich and complex. Medium-deep ruby color; deep red cherry, spice and forest floor aromas; deep, rich, ripe red cherry with complex spice and earthy notes; silky texture; sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, rich and complex Pinot with a long life ahead."

        Gregory S. Walter, Pinot Report, Jan. 15, 2010

      • 96 Points

        "One whiff tells you this will be a great wine. Satiny smooth, it delivers an alluring combination of ripe black fruit and herbal savory notes. It walks the fine line of being intense and concentrated without being flamboyant or overdone. With the complexity and nuances of a great wine, it's a joy to come back to sip after sip."

        Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, September 2009

      • 91 Points

        "Just as with this producer's other 2006 Pinots, this limited commemorative bottling is a wine meant for age. It is deep in dense, cherry-like fruit and hints at layering to come with elements of sweet spice, dried flowers and trim oak just beginning to show. Its sophistication is clear even if it is still a bit tight and framed by fairly firm finishing acids, but it has all the right pieces in place to grow into beauty if allowed to sit quietly for four or five years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2009

    Angel Wing Pinot Noir
  • Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

    • 2012

      •  

        "Wonderful late harvest Sauvignon. It is luscious and rich, with intense aromas/flavors (peach, truffle, dried fig, pineapple, honey, pepper, oak), excellent balance, and an extremely persistent finish. Terrific. One of the best of its type I’ve tasted."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      • 92 points
        "Smooth and lush with ripe peach and soft hints of oak; polished and rounded with depth, style and balance."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," April 2015

      • "Fine Example of a Type or Style of Wine"

         

        "Leading with highly concentrated and fully botrytized aromas whose components of caramel, flamed orange peel and beeswax push well forward of a bare bit of background, loosely apricot-like fruit, Ms. Edwards’s very sweet, dessert version of Sauvignon Blanc is a luscious and downright decadent wine whose late-harvest unctuousness effectively nullifies any varietal character. It turns out to be a richer and more complete wine on the palate than is advertised in the nose, and, while checking in with 13.9% residual sugar, it is quite well-balanced and not close to cloying."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, August 2016

      • "Nashville Wine Auction's Pairings Event Was

         

        One for the Books"
        "Brown Butter and Sage Ice Cream with Meyer Lemon was a perfect ending to the evening and paired quite nicely with a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Merry Edwards Winery. ... This wine was a rare treat, indeed." Read the full article here: http://www.nashvillescene.com/bites/archives/2015/03/06/nashville-wine-auctions-pairings-event-was-one-for-the-books

        Chris Chamberlain, Nashville Scene, March 6, 2015

    • 2008

      • Full-bodied

         

        "A striking late harvest sauvignon blanc with a seamless texture. Full-bodied, rich and lively with aromas and flavors of honey, spice and a hint of apricot. Lovely."

        Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Dec. 27, 2010

    Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
  • Georganne Pinot Noir

    • 2014

      • 94 points

        "Planted in 2006, this vineyard is one of the newer sites for the “Queen of Pinot,” who coaxes a strong-willed, high-strung complement of charcuterie and wild lavender from its vines. Bright red currant and raspberry are met by floral, herbal competition, which vies for attention on the palate, girded by strong tannins and mellow oak."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2017

      More Acclaim
      • 93 points

         

        "Merry Edwards’ Georganne bottling has more apparent tannic structure compared to her others from 2014.  It’s more brooding at this stage without the same velvety glossiness.  That said, there is an appealing earthy, savory aspect that grows on you as the wine sits in the glass.  On day two of tasting, it’s still the most structured wine in this lineup, but not in an offensive way.  It just needs a few extra years of cellaring.  This is an excellent young Pinot Noir.  Cellar it while you enjoy some of Merry Edwards’ other bottlings."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

      • 90 points: "Very Highly Recommended"

         

        "Medium to medium dark purplish ruby; attractive, rich, tight, intense, spicy, black cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with herbal notes and a hint of cola; medium-full body; rich, extracted, textured, cedary, firmly structured, red and black fruit flavors with some roughness and grip in the mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

        California Grapevine, January 2017

      • 90 points

         

        "Here is a big, fairly gusty, fully extracted Pinot that impresses more for its considerable fruity volume than it does for sophistication or nuance, and, while elegance may elude it, richness most definitely does not. It is fleshy and full-bodied with plenty of structural solidity and the tannic spine of a wine worthy of age, and, even if long on deep, very obvious black cherry fruit even now, it should be laid away for at least three or four years before drinking."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

      • "The Georganne is exceptional: very ripe and luscious in style; it is full bodied, quite rich in flavor, well balanced, and very long and persistent on the finish. Very generously flavored, tasting of blackberry, strawberry, red licorice, blueberry, rosehips, spicy
        oak, and vanilla."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

      • 91 points

        "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very nice. It opens with mild black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild plum with notes of faint oak and gentle minerality. I also detected a hint of grape seed and strawberry. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins linger and last for some time. This Pinot would pair well with veal medallions with fig."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Feb. 9, 2017

    • 2013

      • 92+ points

         

        "The 2013 Pinot Noir Georganne Vineyard comes from a vineyard on Westside Road and is planted with Merry Edward’s favorite clone of Pinot Noir, UCD 37. Slightly more earthy and large-boned than her other cuvées, the wine is tannic, firm and Pommard-like in its masculinity muscle. There is a lot going on, with plenty of black cherry and black currant fruit, underlying earthiness and spice. Forget this for several years and drink it over the following 15 years. This could be her Pommard Premier Cru from the Russian River."

        Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

      • 90 points

         

        "Anchored by ripe, aromatic blackberry, wild berry and loamy black licorice notes, with floral scents and flavors, this combines density, richness and persistence. Ends with power and finesse."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, Dec. 8, 2015

      • 92 points

         

        "The 2013 Pinot Noir Georganne is one of the most complete wines in this range. Sweet, pliant and beautifully expressive, the 2013 possesses terrific balance and tons of sheer appeal. Sweet plum, cola, spice, new oak and leather are all super-expressive. Drink this juicy Pinot over the next handful of years. All the classic Merry Edwards signatures are found here."

        Antonio Galloni, Vinousmedia.com, February 2016

      • 94 points / Cellar Selection

         

        "Rustic earth and the aromatic sparks of a rose garden open this wine. Tight, youthful tannins hover around chocolate, strawberry and blackberry notes, resulting in a velvety texture on the expansive palate. It finishes quietly and confidently, eager to develop further in bottle; enjoy through 2023."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2016

      •  

        "Georganne is a ... generous wine: velvety in texture, full bodied, and finely balanced, with a long, harmonious finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of blackberry, black cherry, plum, rosehips, toast, and cedar."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      • "Wine Gifts for Your Party Host: Wines to Impress"

         

        "(T)he 2013 Merry Edwards Georganne Vineyard Pinot Noir ... is lively and full-bodied, with raspberry and cherry flavors and notes of baking spices and forest floor."

        Laurie Daniel, San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 7, 2015

      • 97 points

         

        "The 2013 Georganne is the sort of pinot that Merry made her mark with -- bold, rich, well proportioned and yet in exquisite balance. From this vintage of Georganne she was able to get plenty of extracted fruit without the harsh, bitter tannins that sometimes accompany that style of wine. The Georganne from this vintage shows plump dark fruits, a note of forest floor and a subtle wood spice. It has firm grip on the back of the palate, but that will subside as this wine matures into another glorious Merry Edwards pinot from the Russian River."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Dec. 15, 2015

      • 95 points

         

        "In a vintage like 2013, where the fruit comes in so great, most wineries are able to produce a fine product.  It's the master producers that really get to strut their stuff and make what we critics like to rant and rave about, and Merry Edwards is on a tear with her lineup, making wines that are marvelously structured and at once very concentrated and elegant. The Georganne shows a mix of damp and dry earth notes on the nose, with black cherry, Asian spice and a touch of candied raspberry. The palate has a firm grip and a bright acidic bite, but the flavors promised by the nose are all there, and no doubt will gain in complexity and depth with extended bottle aging. Another stellar bottle from this producer."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Dec. 22, 2015

      • 95 points

         

        "In addition to consistently making a fabulous array of Pinot Noir, Merry Edwards is a genius with her single vineyard bottlings.  She embraces the Burgundian magic of terroir:  How the same grapes grown in different vineyards express themselves differently in the respective wines.  The Georganne Vineyard Pinot Noir is a chewy, almost briary, wine filled with black fruit flavors that intermingle with gamey elements.  Most notably, it has a beautifully polished texture.  Brilliant acidity keeps you coming back for another sip of this intriguing wine.  Despite its size, it has the Merry Edwards imprint of elegance.  A king of a wine for when King Salmon is in season."

        Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, December 2015

      • 91 points

         

        "(A)ttractive, deep, tight, intense, spicy, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with herbal notes and a hint of cola ... deep, rich extracted, cedary, red and black fruit flavors that are a bit rough and gripping on the finish; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Needs a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2016

      • 92 points

         

        "Georganne is consistently a solid offering from Merry Edwards. The 2013 is another winner. It is a pitch black colored Pinot Noir that opens with a faint new leather and mild blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a very tasty black plum and minerality blend with notes of blackberry. I also detected hints of mild oak and touch of black licorice. The finish is dry and its mild dusty tannins are nicely prolonged. This bold Pinot will appeal to fans of big red wines."

        Ken's Wine Guide, January 2016

      • 91 points

         

        "Dark and redolent of black cherry; silky and dense with ripe berry fruit and smooth texture; tangy, spicy and lush; long and balanced."

        Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

    • 2012

      • / "Best of Show"
        "Big, deep, rich, authoritative, black fruit and nutmeg flavors."

         

        Quarterly Review of Wines, "32nd Annual Best of the Best," December 2014

      • 90 points

         

        "While all the Merry Edwards 2012 are quite opulent, the 2012 Pinot Noir Georganne is one of the more restrained wines in the range, as the expression of fruit and overall structure are a bit more persistent than in some of the other wines. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, rose petal and spice are woven together in a relatively delicate, feminine Pinot that nevertheless offers plenty of Russian River generosity."

        Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, May 2015

      •  

        "The 2012 Georganne is a wonderful wine: luscious and full bodied, with intense ripe fruit character (cherry, blueberry, plum), and floral-spicy overtones (violet, white pepper, guava). It is very long on the finish, with light tannin."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

      •  

        "This aromatic pinot draws you in and its flavors make you linger. Complex, with notes of blueberry, cassis and cocoa. What wins you over is its depth. A knockout."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 17, 2014

      • 93 points

         

        "At first blush this vintage of Georganne from Merry Edwards seems to be on the lighter side, but that's merely a feint. This is a beautifully structured Pinot with firm acidity that will hide some of the gorgeous red- and black-fruited aroma until the acids soften. Pair it with roasted or braised meat dishes for near-term consumption. For more subtle pairings, a few years in the cellar will benefit the Georganne Pinot mightily."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2014

      • 93 points

         

        "The 2012 Georganne takes the bright fruitiness found in her Sonoma Coast bottling and adds a savory meaty quality that complements dark black fruit flavors.  Glossy and long, it has the ripeness you’d expect from a California wine without eviscerating the delicacy of Pinot Noir."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2015

      • 94 points

         

        "Pinot Noir has a great friend in Merry Edwards.  Year after year, she is able to deliver amazing depth and complexity from different vineyards, allowing them to reach their fullest expression.  This version of Georganne shows bold blueberry, black cherry, allspice, damp earth, mild chocolate and wild flowers, all integrated beautifully on the palate with bracing acidity and a long finish that brings the earthy notes forward slightly."

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, December 2014

      • 90 points

         

        "This ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a brambleberry bouquet with hints of black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, sleek and very approachable. The flavor profile is a tasty mild blackberry with notes black raspberry. I also detected hints of red beet and dark chocolate. The finish is dry and its flavors and gentle acidity fade away nicely."
        KensWineGuide.com, January 2015
      • 92 points

         

        “Earthy and filled with baking spice, this wine offers floral aromas, bright acidity and flavors of baked strawberry compote steeped in cinnamon. Lush on the palate, as so many of the producer’s wines are, it is quite mouth filling and will take on more nuance with time.”

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015

      • 90 points

         

        "Dense and smooth with ripe cherry and notes of spice, earth and toasty oak; juicy, rich and long."

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," November 2014

    • 2011

      • 96 points

         

        "With remarkable purity of fruit, this is another brilliant effort from Merry Edwards, the queen of California Pinot Noir. On the nose there is a whiff of violet, and subtle earthiness. On the palate the wine unfolds elegantly, showing layers of raspberry and blueberry fruit, the scent of mocha, and a hint of spice. On the finish there is real honest-to-goodness grip, which bodes well for the future evolution of this superb example of Russian River Valley Pinot that has obviously benefited from the deft skills of a master artisanal winemaker."

        Robet Whitley, Wine Review Online, November 2013

      •  

        "Rock star. A pinot with depth and a great concentration of fruit. Striking notes of blackberry, dried cherry, herbs and spice. Lush, fleshy texture. Complex. This wine is a great stand-alone pinot and would be a good one to savor later, well after the feast."

        Peg Melnik, "Wines to Give Thanks For," Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 19, 2013

      • 92 points

         

        "The grapes are from the winery’s youngest vineyard, which may be why the wine, good as it is, is a little direct. It’s brisk in acidity, with appealing, jammy flavors of raspberries, blueberries and ripe persimmons. Yet there are great complexities lurking beneath the surface. This surely is a bottling to watch in future vintages."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

      • 92 points

         

        "From her youngest vineyard, which was planted in 2006, Edwards’ Georganne is a bigger and weightier wine than her Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir bottling.  Conveying more black than red fruit-like flavors, it has an attractive burly presence.  Almost chewy, Edwards magically prevents it -- and all her Pinot Noir -- from being heavy.  This is a wine for drinking, not just tasting, because it opens beautifully while it sits in the glass over an hour or two."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2013

      • 92 points

         

        "This year's Georganne bottling matches the Coopersmith in terms if richness, but it, is by a small margin, better focused and a bit more complete. It is a full-bodied Pinot, and its ripeness is never in doubt, but it takes all its cues from wonderfully well-defined fruit, and its accents of sweet oak and dried violets are never more than that."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2014

    • 2010

      • 93 points

         

        "Shows a certain aggressiveness, offering up vibrant raspberry and cherry fruit, cola, mocha and oak flavors, but kept aloof by its acidity and tannins. It's certainly elegant and pedigreed, but it needs 3-4 years in the cellar."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

      • 93 points

         

        "This is a relatively new vineyard for Merry, one situated in the heart of the RRV. If the 2010 is an indication of its potential, then the future seems very bright for this prime piece of viticultural real estate. This vintage exhibits the richness, depth and layered complexity that is the Merry Edwards style. It shows juicy, ripe black-fruit characteristics with hints of mocha and spice, and is firmly structured and built for the long-haul. Drink now or watch it improve over the next five to seven years."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 2013

      •  

        "(V)elvety in texture, intensely flavored, and beautifully balanced; a Pinot Noir with rich fruitiness and wonderful length, with a very harmonious finish. It tastes of raspberry, plum, blueberry, toast, spicy oak, and kola nut. Very fine quality."

        Restaurant Wine, December 2012

      • "Highly recommended"

         

        "Attractive, plummy, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with a note of mocha; medium-full body; rich, extracted, textured, cedary, black cherry fruit flavors that have good depth ..."

        California Grapevine, December 2012

      • 92 points
        "Dark-hued, this is rich in blackberry, raspberry and plum-laced fruit, with firm tannins boding well for the future. Tightly focused, long and deep on the finish, offering rose petal and lavender."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, March 31, 2013

      • 93 points

         

        "This silky Pinot Noir combines fruit and earth—sweet and savory notes. A touch lighter and showing more red than black fruit of the Merry Edwards Olivet Lane, the Georganne bottling has the hallmark layered complexity of her other Pinot Noirs. Mineral notes appear as it sits in the glass and the finish expands. This, like her other Pinot Noirs, are wines to savor with dinner, not just taste. It’s hard to resist."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2013

    • 2009

      • 90 points

         

        "The opaque and very dark purple colored Pinot Noir opens pleasant plum bouquet with a hint of blackberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced and smooth. Its flavor profile is a mild plum with notes of minerality. I also detected a hint of blackberry and smoky oak towards the back of the palate as well. The finish is dry and its fine tannins are gentle and friendly."

        Ken's Wine Guide, Dec. 10, 2011

      •  

        Michael Pinkus, The Grape Guy, Nov. 8, 2011

      • 90 points

         

        James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, July 27, 2011

      •  

        "A lush pinot with depth. Complex flavors of cherry, herbs and spice. Silky texture. Nice acidity. Striking."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jan. 18, 2012

      • +
         "(F)loral in character, but also ripely flavored and quite rich, with very good balance and a very long, persistent finish, suggestive of rosehips, plum, cassis, cranberry, and toast."

        Restaurant Wine, July 2012

    Georganne Pinot Noir
  • Olivet Lane Chardonnay

    • 2014

      • 93 points

        "Turns Chardonnay into a pleasantly exotic experience, offering a wide range of flavors, with rich fig, melon, buttery oak and spice notes. Gains depth and complexity on the full-blown finish."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, April 2017

    • 2013

      • 93 points

         

        "From a vineyard site long tapped by both this producer and others, this beautifully crafted white is rich in a swirl of apple pie, fig and anise aromas and offers a voluptuous texture and mouthfeel. That concentration is complemented by crisp acidity, allowing for both balance and complexity."

        Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

      • 96 points

         

        "It turns out the Queen of Pinot Noir has an equally deft touch with Chardonnay. Merry's 2013 vintage from her favorite vineyard (my presumption) is at once exotic and the epitome of nuanced complexity. Take a sip now and you might pick up floral and spice notes. A second later perhaps tropical fruit and citrus, even lemon creme, with a slightly oily presence on the palate and remarkable length in the mouth. A truly extraordinary California Chardonnay that is packed with flavor and exquisitely balanced."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 17, 2017

      • 95 points

         

        "I don't believe I've had the pleasure of tasting a Chardonnay from Pinot Noir royalty winemaker Merry Edwards, and this fits beautifully in her portfolio of great wines.  Lemon crème is dominant here, with subtle oak spice, delicate herb tones and bright white flowers.  The palate delivers as always, with fine acidic structure and weight, and it finishes long with sweet oak character coming forward.  Brava!"

        Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Jan 24, 2017

      • 92 points (First Place) / Very highly recommended

         

        "Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, fragrant, spicy, pear, apple, and stone fruit aroma with tropical notes and hints of honeysuckle and hazelnut; medium to medium-full body; deep, lemony, white peach and spiced pear flavors with bright acidity and a slight viscosity in the mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste."

        California Grapevine, December 2016

      • 90 points

         

        "Neither a big and boisterous Chardonnay nor one that runs away from ripeness, this carefully composed offering finds a comfortable place in between. It teams nicely stated, slightly juicy, fresh apple fruit with measured complements of crème brûlée and creamy oak, and, if moderately full-bodied, it is lithe and light on its feet with a sneaky sense of potency and very fine staying power. It makes for a tasty glass now, but it is balanced to keep and will effortlessly hold up for another halfdozen years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, December 2016

      •  

        "Very fine quality, this is a Chardonnay that is both intense and complex in character. It is very supple, full bodied, and crisp, with excellent balance, and a very long finish, tasting of white peach, candied lemon, pear, lime, vanilla, fig, honey, and spicy oak. Exceptional."

        Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

    • 2012

      • 92 points

         

        "Offers enticing aromas of orange and lemon blossom, with flavors to match. This is intense and vibrant, with zingy acidity and notes of white peach, nectarine and green apple, ending pure and zesty."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 2015

      • 90 points

         

        Wine Enthusiast, May 2016

      • 95 points

         

        "Creamy and rich with lovely ripe fruit, vanilla oak and tangy acidity; deep and juicy with great balance, style and finesse; lush and lovely. "

        Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," December 2015

      •  

        "Outstanding Chardonnay. It is very supple in texture, full bodied, crisp, and extremely long on the palate, with elegant, complex aromas/flavors (pear, vanilla, candied lemon, honey, kiwi fruit, creme brulee), and a very persistent finish. Remarkable quality."

        Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

      •  

        "A gorgeous chardonnay with depth. Complex, with notes of apple, honey and toasty oak. A hint of hazelnut in the mix. Knockout."

        Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Dec. 9, 2015

      • 92 points

         

        "Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, rich, complex, apple, mandarin orange, and white peach aroma with hints of hazelnut and lemon curd ... nicely balanced, citrus and apple flavors with bright acidity and some creaminess in the mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

        Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, December 2015

      • 91 points

         

        "This bright yellow colored Chardonnay from Merry Edwards is very good. It opens with an oak, apple and ale bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied and balanced. The flavor profile is a unique caramel apple and lemon blend with notes of oak and hints of fig and honey. The finish is dry and its flavors linger and last for little while. This rich Chard would pair well with Chicken Normandy with Calvados."

        KensWineGuide.com, Jan. 7, 2016

    • 2011

      • Robb Report: Front Runners

         

        "Sonoma’s first lady in red also makes a startlingly beautiful white from the (Olivet Lane) property. The Merry Edwards 2011 Chardonnay Olivet Lane serves the grateful palate a magnificent medley of crisp apple, lemon curd, honeycomb, and apricot laced with invitingly warm brown spice." See full article here: http://robbreport.com/paid-issue/frontrunners-cellar-notes-may-2014

        Brett Anderson, Robb Report, May 1, 2014

      • 95 points

         

        " 'Wow' is the first impression after tasting this wine. Judging from this Chardonnay, Merry Edwards is as talented with that grape as she is with her exceptional Pinot Noir. ... It’s got power, grace and harmony. It’s hard to miss its grandeur, yet it doesn’t scream at you. It slowly unfolds in the glass and stays on your palate seemingly forever. Wow, indeed."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, July 22, 2014

      • 96 points

         

        "Here is a deep, masterfully crafted wine that stands with the very best Chardonnays of its vintage, and, from first sniff to finish, it shows enormous fruity depth and an altogether remarkable sense of control. It is rich and yet still a bit tight, and it offers tantalizing glimpses of complexity sure to come with a rare knack for being concentrated and wonderfully vital at once. It is a serious young wine of real pedigree, and it is one that will handsomely reward being hidden in the cellar for no less than another two to five years."

        Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 2014

      • 92 points

         

        "Bone dry and brisk in acidity, this elegant Chardonnay teases with hints of lemons, limes, green apples and apricots, then withdraws into a moody, tart minerality. Let it breathe and develop on the table, and don’t drink it too cold."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2014

      •  

        "This wine is a rock star, the highest rated wine in the flight. Gorgeous fruit -- apple and apricot -- with caramel also in the mix. The chardonnay is rich, but it also manages to have great acidity and remarkable balance. Bravo."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 19, 2014

      • 90 points

         

        "Juicy, vibrant peach, tangerine and honeydew melon notes are at the core of this rich, creamy-textured beauty. Mouthwatering finish."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2014

      • 91 points

         

        Pale straw-yellow. Aromas of apple, apricot, truffle and brown spices. Spicy and lightly saline, showing good density to its flavors of apple and caramel oak. The nicely glyceral middle offers a hint of sweetness. Suggests the density that comes from slow ripening in this cooler year. Finishes with lingering spice character and good grip.

        Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2014

      • 93 points

         

        "Beautifully structured, this is a Chardonnay with backbone, or mouth-watering acidity, that comes through despite impressive richness on the palate. It shows aromas of lemon creme, brioche and pear, with accents of baking spice. Considering the challenges of the 2011 vintage, a positively brilliant achievement."

        Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 2014

      • 94 points / Excellent

         

        "This light yellow colored Chardonnay from the Russian River is Excellent! It opens with an attractive oak, crème brulee and pear bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, and rich. The flavor profile is a delicious caramel and pear blend with nicely integrated oak. I also detected a hint of orange and toffee. The finish is dry and its flavors stay around for a little while. ... Open a bottle and share with friends that you really like a lot."

        KensWineGuide.com, May 2014

      • 95 points

         

        "As American as the wine’s apple pie notes and so balanced, where the richness and sweetness of the grape is rendered just right. Luscious, delicious, pure and golden—the Doris Day of Sonoma Chardonnay. You’ll want to get up and dance and sing, and have a romantic  affair with Rock Hudson in technicolor."

        Corkscrewer Report, September, 2015

    • 2010

      • "Wine of the Year"

         

        Best Chardonnay of 2012.

        Wine Guy Tom Simoneau, January 2013

      • 96 points

         

        "This, Merry Edwards’s first Chardonnay from Olivet Lane Vineyard, is brilliant. There’s an alluring hint of buttery richness supported by imposing acidity. Ripe, but by no means overblown, this is a refined and stylish Chardonnay. The finish seemingly lasts forever, and each sip brings new thrills. Wow this is good! If she’s not careful she could be known more for her Chardonnays than her superb Pinot Noirs."

        Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2012

      • 92 points

         

        "This Chardonnay shows the ripe fruit and tangy acidity derived from this cool-climate vineyard. It bears tart apricot, orange and mineral flavors, balanced by oaky notes of vanilla and buttered toast."

        Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, March 2013

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        "A complex chardonnay with a lot going on. Notes of apple, melon and creme brulee. Striking."

        Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Dec. 5, 2012

      • 92 points: "Very highly recommended"

         

        "Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, floral, apple and stone fruit aroma with light tropical notes and hints of nutmeg and vanilla; medium-full body; crisp, spicy, lemony, green apple flavors with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, lingering aftertaste."

        California Grapevine, December 2012

      • 90 points

         

        "Smooth-textured, with green apple, citrus and leafy Chardonnay flavors that are leesy and minerally, ending with clean, subtle notes."

        James Laube, Wine Spectator, March 2013

      • "Hearty Whites for Winter"

         

        "(T)his lush chardonnay, presented by master of pinot noir Merry Edwards, is fully barrel-fermented and barrel-aged for 10 months in French oak. Clearly made with food in mind, it can be paired with lemon risotto with asparagus (the recipe can be found at merryedwards.com)."

        Virginie Boone, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, January 2013

    Olivet Lane Chardonnay