Critical Acclaim

Merry Edwards Wines

Angel Wing Pinot Noir

This wine expresses a mother’s love in the form of liquid art. In the future, Angel Wing will present other rare blends of Pinot Noir in honor of Merry's son Warren’s memory. This first vintage, 2006, was released just past what would have been his twenty-first birthday. Don’t be surprised if your encounter with this wine leaves you feeling comforted and warmly loved.

Angel Wing Pinot Noir

Critical Acclaim

  • 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,, 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,, 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