Critical Acclaim

Merry Edwards Wines

Coopersmith Vineyard Pinot Noir

Over time, the agricultural use of a piece of land evolves in order to support itself and the farmer. In its previous life as an orchard, this site grew delicious organic apples under the care of Haven Best. As orchard fortunes turned downward, this site gained a new sustainable life as a vineyard. Ken and Merry purchased this Laguna Ridge site in 1999 and planted Coopersmith in 2001. From the outset, the deep, well-drained, sandy soil and the perfect southeast-facing slope of this property have created a wine that has thrilled fans from its first vintage in 2004.

Coopersmith Vineyard Pinot Noir

Critical Acclaim

  • 2019

    • 96 points

      "Spicy and herbal, this wine sings in dark cherry, cardamom and rhubarb, broadly lush and yet structured, powerful  yet elegant. White pepper and lavender accents contribute compelling complexity and intrigue, the wine full-bodied and robustly built in balanced ripeness."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2021

    • 95 points

      "This vineyard is usually well manicured. But after the rains of 2019, the soils needed to dry out to reduce vine vigor, so the team let the site look 'hairy,' according to winemaker Heidi von der Mehden. This 100% destemmed, whole berry–fermented Pinot Noir was aged ten months in 68% new French oak. Aromas of patchouli and dark plum are heady and deep, and candied grapefruit, black plum, and licorice form a trio of immediately recognized flavors. With a plush and sensual mouthfeel, the wine erupts in an array of earth tones and gentler savory notes of black olive and balsamic."

      Meridith May, Somm Journal, August/September 2021

    • 92 points

      "The 2019 Pinot Noir Coopersmith has a medium ruby color and fragrant scents of lilac, thyme, cranberry, rhubarb and meaty accents. The medium-bodied palate is firm and fresh, with loads of spicy accents and an uplifted finish."

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, June 3, 2021

    • 90 points

      "Plush and lusciously spiced, with cherry and berry flavors that show plenty of toasty accents. The creamy finish extends with sanguine and sandstone accents."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Sept. 30, 2021

    Read More Acclaim for 2019
    • 91 points

      "The 2019 Pinot Noir Coopersmith offers more kirsch, spice, loamy earth, and a touch of iron in a medium-bodied, savory, complex, attractive style. It's ready to go yet has enough structure as well as the balance to evolve for 5-7 years."

      Jeb Dunnuck,, July 2021

    • 90 points

      "The 2019 Pinot Noir Coopersmith is one the more forward wines in the lineup this year. It offers up super-ripe black cherry, mocha, new leather, sweet spice and dried flowers. My impression is that the 2019 will offer its best drinking sooner rather than later, as the first signs of evolution are starting to show."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, June 2022

    • 94 points

      "The nose shows some beautiful ripe strawberry and guava with cran-cherry, giving this a very high-toned aromatic experience. The palate is fresh and refined with a soft texture. Ripe red fruits mingle with minerals, baking spices and suggestions of salty soils on the palate. This is seriously good and very pretty even in its youth."

      Owen Bargreen,, Sept. 30, 2021

    • 'Pretty'

      "Pretty spice, cinnamon stick and added complexity of forest floor with a linear drive on the palate highlighted by black currant fruit and tree bark finishing with finely delineated tannins."

      Cathrine Todd, July 2021

    • 92 points

      "Deep ruby color. On the nose, this shows a nice mix of deep black cherries, ripe summer plums, cranberry relish, along with light roast coffee and herbal tea component, with savory spices mixed in, too. Medium/full-bodied with smooth tannins and vibrant, fresh acidity. Tangy blackberries, plums and cherries, darker, deeper fruit, but it maintains a tart edge. Roasted chestnut, toffee, violets, cigar box and some mineral undertones elevate the finish. Definitely one to cellar for at least a few years."

      Isaac Baker,, July 2021

  • 2018

    • 94 points

      "The 2018 Pinot Noir Coopersmith is a dense, powerful wine. Black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol, licorice and graphite infuse the 2018 with tremendous richness and pure density. Time in the glass brings out the wine's natural resonance and virile intensity."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, August 2020

    • 93 points

      "Creamy with high-toned, underlying acidity, this wine is well structured and weighty. Rich layers of strawberry and cranberry highlight a core of concentrated tannin and oak, with underlying complements of baking spice and cola."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    • 92 points

      "Elegant and rich tasting, with a dense core of dark currant and plum tart flavors that are well-structured. Intense forest floor accents on a finish that is filled with cooking spice notes."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Feb. 28, 2021

    Read More Acclaim for 2018
    • 92 points

      "The 2018 Pinot Noir Coopersmith has a nose of dried cherries and baked blackberries with touches of cinnamon stick, charcuterie, licorice and earth. The medium-bodied palate is grainy and fresh, and it fleshes out to appealing spicy nuances on the long finish."

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, August 2020

  • 2017

    • 94 points

      "Perfumed aromas of rose and lavender lead the nose of this wine. It shows ample power, density and structure, with flavors of chocolate-covered strawberry and cherry that are cradled with toasted oak."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

    • 93 points

      "Medium ruby-purple, the nose of the 2017 Pinot Noir Coopersmith gives up oodles of violet and lilac perfume with savory notions of olive, prosciutto, crushed black cherries and red berry sparks. It’s medium-bodied and intense with perfumed flavor layers opening in the mouth, firmly framed by grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long and perfumed. This just needs some more time in bottle."

      Erin Brooks, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019

    • 94 points

      "Deep ruby color; silky texture and smooth flavors of cherry plus a note of vanilla; tangy, but lush and savory; from a vineyard Merry owns with her husband."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle, May 2019

    • 93 points

      "At this point impressing far more for its substance and size than it does for any evident finesse, this very deep, well-extracted youngster is lavishly appointed with fully ripe blackberry fruit and makes up in sheer richness for what it presently lacks in refinement. It has lots of flesh on its ample structural bones, and, as it is uncommonly energetic and long on stamina for the weighty and mouthfilling wine that it is, it comes with great expectations for a long life. Look for it to gain in polish over the next four or five years, and expect it to be in very fine shape a full decade out."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, November 2019

    • 91 points

      "From another Russian River site, the 2017 Pinot Noir Coopersmith is another deep ruby/purple-hued Pinot Noir from this estate, and it offers up exotic notes of red plums, cranberries, spring flowers, and candied citrus. Juicy, more medium-bodied, and elegant, with good acidity, as well as balance, drink it over the coming 7-8 years."

      Jeb Dunnuck,, June 2019

    Read More Acclaim for 2017
    • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended

      "Medium to medium-dark ruby; deep, intense, cedary, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of vanilla, mocha, and damp earth; medium-full body; big, rich, concentrated, red and black fruit flavors with oaky undertones and a bit tight and rough on the finish; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserve a good three to five more years of bottle aging to round out. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, July 2019

  • 2016

    • 95 points

      "Velvety smooth in feel and resplendent in a rose petal aroma, this is a lovely, full-bodied wine with depth and concentration. Deftly defined layers of dark cherry and tangerine shine bright, allowing for a refreshing complement to the wine’s overall depth and power."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

    • 98 points

      "Coopersmith has long been one of Merry Edwards’ top vineyards and the 2016 embodies everything that makes that so. With impressive complexity of black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and spice, this richly layered Pinot Noir shows a rare combination of power and elegance, with a subtle touch of oak that enhances the package without overwhelming the fruit. This is a cellar-worthy Pinot that should evolve nicely over the next decade, though very drinkable now."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Aug. 21, 2018

    • 91 points / Very highly recommended

      "Medium ruby; attractive, deep, ripe, intense, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of mocha, damp earth, and baking spices; medium-full body; tight, textured, concentrated, savory, red and black fruit flavors with oaky undertones, and lots of richness in the mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A relatively big, strong shouldered Pinot that has the balance and structure to benefit from three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, June 2018

    Read More Acclaim for 2016
    • 91 points

      "This India ink colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very good. It opens with a ripe black raspberry jam bouquet with hints of boysenberry and ripe black plum. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, smooth and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty blueberry with notes of blackberry and nicely integrated gentle minerality. I also detected hints of plum, olive and oak towards the end. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This Pinot is food friendly and easy to drink. I would pair it with beef bourguignon."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Oct. 7, 2018

    • 93 points

      "Sleek and silky, bright and balanced, juicy, and showing toasted oak and spice. Burgundian and elegant; long and graceful."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine

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      "The 2016 Coopersmith is a very fine Pinot Noir: somewhat fleshy in texture, and rich, this is a generously flavored wine, tasting of black cherry, plum jam, blueberry, red licorice, black tea, kola nut, and oak. It is balanced, and long and lightly tannic on the finish; warrants further aging."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2019

    • "Deliciously decadent"

      "This is a one-coop wine that only uses François Frères barrels. A deliciously decadent nose with cocoa dust and espresso with hints of star anise that displayed wild morels on the palate and black cherry pie that had finely sculpted tannins with a juicy finish."

      Cathrine Todd,, May 23, 2019

    • "Wine Pick of the Week"

      "Another exceptional Pinot Noir from winemaker Merry Edwards. I especially loved its strength, thickly textured body and beautiful fruit. Moreover, there’s highly impressive complexity, integration, refinement, personality and length."

      John Vankat, Madison Daily Sun, Aug. 28, 2019

  • 2015

    • 92+ points

      "The 2015 Pinot Noir Coopersmith is medium to deep ruby-purple colored and scented of wild blueberries, black raspberries and forest floor with touches of rose hips, oolong tea and fungi. The palate is medium to full-bodied with taut, muscular fruit and a firm, grainy frame, finishing long and earthy."

      Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018

    • 95 points

      "Merry's Coopersmith shows a floral nose that is seductive and inviting, leading to a richly layered, firmly textured palate that suggests this vintage will be best held in the cellar for another two to three years. Powerful and complex, showing dark fruits and ample wood spice, the Coopersmith is drinkable now but will be so much more enjoyable after a little bit of time. I suggest decanting this wine if you serve it within the next year. The aeration will not only soften the palate, but bring up remarkably complex aromas that are somewhat muted at this stage."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018

    Read More Acclaim for 2015
    • 92 points

      "Although initially a bit quiet, the nose of this wine slowly blooms with a fairly complex mix of ripe cherries, dried flowers, creamy oak and a trim of dusty earth making for compellingly complex aromas, and, once in the mouth, this one is fairly supple and full-bodied with similarly rich and far-reaching flavors that are relatively forward and very easy to taste now. It is not a wine that demands hasty drinking and has the structural spine to age effortlessly for a half-dozen years, but it is thoroughly delicious right now and offers a great deal to like for those who are short on patience."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2018

    • 94 points

      "This is the most approachable of the Merry Edwards vineyard designate Pinot Noirs, but don’t assume that means a dip in quality. As usual, everything is working, with popping acidity driving bright cherry, cedar spice and dry savory notes from start to finish. There’s age-ability here as well -- if you can stand keeping your hands off."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Jan. 23, 2018

    • 90 points

      "Rose, hibiscus and pistachio mark the aromatic profile of this hearty, well-made wine, dipping into juicy, succulent and bright layers of blueberry and black cherry. A round rich tannin structure provides a welcome fleshiness, with a backbone of acidity."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

    • 92 points

      "Medium to medium-dark ruby color; attractive, forward, ripe, cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with earthy notes and hints of forest floor and baking spices; medium-full body; nicely balanced, cherry and dark berry fruit flavors with a rich, pleasing mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.Appealing to taste now, though should gain some refinement with a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2018

    • "Simply delicious"

      "A personal favorite is the 2015 Coopersmith Pinot Noir. This simply delicious wine offers rich aromas of malted milk and chocolate. Full-bodied with plush red fruit flavors and toasty oak. I might also add that this wonderful wine has very good cellaring potential."

      Al Vuona, The Worcester Telegram, Jan. 4, 2018

    • 90 points

      "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir opens with a cranberry and black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, juicy and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral influenced black raspberry with notes of stewed plum and black tea. There is a touch of black olive, black pepper and oak towards the end. The finish is dry and its flavors and acidity are nicely prolonged. This hearty Pinot would pair well with a pan-seared flat iron steak."

      Ken's Wine Guide, June 1, 2018

    • "The Coopersmith 2015 is simply outstanding: fleshy and concentrated, it is a full bodied, well balanced, lightly tannic wine with a long, rich finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of plum, blueberry jam, black cherry, black tea, red licorice, white pepper, and spicy oak. Needs aging."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, July 2018

  • 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

    Read More Acclaim for 2014
    • 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

    Read More Acclaim for 2013
    • 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

    Read More Acclaim for 2012
    • 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,, 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

    Read More Acclaim for 2011
    • 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

    Read More Acclaim for 2010
    • 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.", 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,, 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,, 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,, 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.", 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.", March 19, 2009

    • 92 Points

      Community Tasting, 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,

    • "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,, 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,, April 1, 2008

  • 2004

    • 91 points

      Community Tasting, Dec. 11, 2008