Critical Acclaim

Merry Edwards Wines

Meredith Estate Pinot Noir

Merry on Meredith Estate: "I will always treasure my namesake vineyard, my first true adventure as a winegrower. Making wine from the ground up became a reality for me when my husband, Ken, and I planted my collection of handpicked clones and rootstocks in 1998. This diversity has allowed me to craft wine of consistent personality and quality each year."

Meredith Estate Pinot Noir

Critical Acclaim

  • 2019

    • 96 points

      "Aromas of rose petals, red cherries, plums and garden herbs. Full-bodied with fine, taught tannins. Juicy red and black fruit, paired with chicory root, allspice and nutmeg. Dark blue fruit. Well-formed intensity and depth. So structured and tannin-driven."

      James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2022

    • 96 points

      "A potpourri aroma leads to a soft, lushly layered core of baked fruit, with lifted acidity and broad tannins supporting this single-vineyard wine. White pepper and forest floor tones play along, showing the intensity often found from the site."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2021

    • 95 points

      "The 2019 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate offers lots of ripe red and black fruits as well as classic Russian River spice, cola, and brambly herbs. It's beautiful on the palate, with integrated acidity, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. This thrilling, complete Russian River Pinot Noir will drink well for a solid decade or more, although there's no need to delay gratification."

      Jeb Dunnuck, Jebdunnuck.com, July 2021

    • 93 points

      “Suave and well-structured, this offers plum pastry and cherry tart flavors that show plenty of forest floor notes, with firm tannins and acidity. Engaging floral accents linger into the finish, showing lithe spiciness and richness.”

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, June 2, 2021

    Read More Acclaim for 2019
    • 95 points

      "Aromas of rose and red cherry show against a backdrop of blue fruit with  a mocha-mint middle. The depth of this wine’s sumptuous mouthfeel is impressive."

      Meridith May, The Tasting Panel, Jan/Feb 2022

    • 95 points

      "The dense and powerful 2019 ‘Meredith Estate’ is another outstanding Pinot Noir by the talented Heidi von der Mehden. Cigar box aromas combine with ripe cherry cordial, and red raspberry with dried herbs on the nose. The palate is soft and plush, with serious weight and tension that runs through the core of very pretty red and dark fruits. Highly gratifying in its full-throttle youth, this beautiful wine has another two decades of life ahead of it."

      Owen Bargreen, Owenbargreen.com, Sept. 30, 2021

    • 95 points

      "Bright purple color. The nose shows juicy black cherries and tangy strawberries, along with a complex mix of rose petals, tilled soil, black pepper, along with meaty, spicy tones that offer a lot to contemplate. Full but suave on the palate with fresh acidity and smooth, dusty tannins that show accessibility but age-worthiness as well. The red plum and strawberry fruit is fresh and delightful. The savory, earthy, floral tones are great (pepper, oregano, rose petals). A pretty, balanced, mineral-laden wine that will age wonderfully. The flagship bottling, made from the first vines Merry every owned, this is gorgeous."

      Isaac James Baker, Terroirist.com, January 2022

    • 93 points

      "This ... dark ruby-colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very good. It opens with a strawberry and loam bouquet with hints of black cherry and orange zest. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with nicely integrated gentle acidity. The mouthfeel is super smooth and refined. The flavor profile is a strawberry and loamy earth blend with notes of black raspberry and stony minerality. The finish is dry, and its refined, gentle tannins and flavors are nicely sustained. This Pinot is very food friendly and would pair with many foods if you do not drink it on its own."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Dec. 3, 2021

  • 2018

    • 94 points

      "The 2018 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate is the most complete of the wines in this range. It offers a compelling interplay of aromatics, fruit and structure. All the elements come together so nicely in this ample, vibrant Russian River Pinot. Black cherry, cola, menthol, licorice and lavender build into the substantial finish."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, May 2021

    • 95 points

      "This wine is exuberantly layered in bright tones of pomegranate and strawberry, while textured with integrated tannins and oak. Complementary elements of forest floor, black tea and clove play well with the fruitiness and enduring lushness on the palate." 

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    • 94 points

      "A combination of scents immediately captivate: raspberry jam, tilled earth and nutmeg. The liquid floats across the palate with cinnamon-charmed cherries and dusty, supple tannins. This is an eye-opener red with lively white-peppered cedar on the luxe finish."

      Meridith May, Tasting Panel magazine, Jan/Feb 2021

    • 91 points

      "Powerful and a touch brooding, this is filled with concentrated dark fruit and cooking spice flavors that are supported by firm tannins and acidity. Hints of baker's chocolate on the savory finish."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Feb. 28, 2021

    • 92 points

      "The cool site (of the Meredith Estate vineyard) takes her bold and powerful pinot-noir style toward luxurious generosity, rich in tannins and juicy blackberry fruit, built for something equally rich, like beef Wellington."

      Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits magazine, April 2021

    Read More Acclaim for 2018
    • 96 points

      "The youthful 2018 Meredith Estate displays toasty oak flavors but little else initially. However, befitting a youthful, tightly wound wine, its considerable charms emerge over time. Denser and more concentrated than the other two, it remains balanced and within bounds. Under the new team, Merry Edwards continues to avoid the overdone, “Pinot Syrah” style. Similar to their other 2018s, its grandeur is apparent in an intriguing dark cherry-like hint of bitterness in the exceptionally long finish. The 2018 Meredith Estate Pinot needs a few years to come together, as I’m sure it will, judging from my experience with previous vintages."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, February 2021

    • Wines for Thanksgiving

      "Floral notes of rose petals and purple violets reveal a rich and exotically structured Pinot Noir. There are savory notes of earth and minerality woven between complex layers of warm, mixed black fruits and ripe tannins. It is laced with a hint of dark cocoa and freshness at the end. The finish is long and youthful, rewarding those that are patient."

      W. Peter Hoyne, Chicago Wine Press, November 2020

    • 90 points / "Very Highly Recommended"

      "Medium ruby; deep, ripe, spicy, dark cherry and blackberry aroma with herbal notes and hints of cinnamon and forest floor; medium-full body; tight, textured, red and dark fruit flavors with good acid balance and showing both richness and a slight roughness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Should benefit from several more years of aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, December 2020

    • Excellent

      "Perhaps the Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Pinot Noir 2018, Russian River Valley, is the most robust of these models, the most evident of foresty, loamy characteristics, overlaid my meadow flowers and orchards — yes, it’s that complex. The color is dark ruby-magenta with a vivid violet-hued rim; intense, powerful notes of macerated cherries and currants are permeated by hints of cloves and cumin, sandalwood and lilacs, while the whole enterprise is grounded in a coniferous nature that reaches deep for loam, roots and branches; animated by bright acidity, this pinot noir becomes more austere from mid-palate back through the finish, where it concludes with a paradoxical (and gratifying) menage of graphite, flint and wild berry."

      Fredric Koeppel, BiggerThanYourHead.net, April 2021

  • 2017

    • 97 points / No. 11 Top 100 Cellar Selections 2020 / 10 Most Collectible Pinot Noirs

      "This was Edwards’ first estate planting, begun in 1998. It shows incredible attention to detail and depth of site, opening with memorable floral, earthy and mineral-laden character. Robust in structure, the dense, youthful power of the wine is robust in an intensity of plum, dark cherry and an intermixed swirl of vanilla and chocolate. It finishes in white pepper and will age beautifully."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2020

    • 95 points

      "Medium ruby-purple, the nose of the 2017 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate, from grapes planted from 1996-1998, explodes with ripe marionberry, violet, lilac, loamy earth and cracked pepper aromas plus nuances of pipe tobacco, aniseed and boysenberry. Medium-bodied, it floods the mouth with nuanced flavor layers, knit by firm, grainy tannins and addicting freshness, finishing very long and layered. This is wonderful!"

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

    • 96 points

      "The 2017 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate is a standout in the lineup and has the most density as well as structure. Deep purple/ruby, with stunning notes of black raspberries, scorched earth, charcoal, crushed violets, and autumn forest floor, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, building tannins, a deep, layered mid-palate, and a great finish. This is straight-up fabulous, and while terrific today, it will be even better with a year or two of bottle age and keep for over a decade. I’d put this up with the top wines in the vintage."

      Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020

    • "Smooth and sultry"

      "This special Meredith Estate Pinot Noir is the pride and joy of the winery. Using estate fruit, it’s a Pinot Noir that embodies the silky qualities of the grape. Smooth and sultry with red berry flavors and a dark spice kick on the finish, it’s a wine to pair with dishes from bacon-wrapped, orange marmalade-glazed pork tenderloin to creamy, pungent cheeses. It’s also a treat to simply uncork the bottle and enjoy a glass in your pajamas."

      Leslie Sbrocco, Check, Please, Bay Area, May 14, 2020

    Read More Acclaim for 2017
    • 92 points

      "The 2017 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate is a powerful, heady wine. Black cherry jam, chocolate, spice, leather, mocha and cloves all add to the wine's rather somber character. Big tannins and considerable French oak presence are the hallmarks of Merry Edwards' style at the time, which favored more extraction and concentration than today."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, August 2020

    • 98 points

      "Wow!  It’s worth repeating, Wow!  And I don’t mean that in terms of power, I mean that in terms of stature and finesse.  Merry Edwards has always been one of my favorite producers, especially for Pinot Noir, but she has outdone herself with their 2017 Meredith Estate.  Talk about a track record.  In the last decade, I’ve scored only one Meredith Estate less than 95 points—the 2011 received 94.  She purchased the 24-acre site in 1996 and planted to Pinot Noir a couple of years later.  They consider it their flagship wine.  I think the 2017 is their best ever, showing more finesse and sleekness than in previous years without sacrificing intensity.  Heidi von der Mehden, who is Merry Edwards new winemaker after serving as Edwards’ assistant since 2015, told me during The SOMM Journal’s Geographical Digest webinar, “Domestic Bliss,” that the 2017 vintage was cooler than usual, which she felt explained the slightly different profile of the wine.  It’s a gorgeous wine with what I think of as the hallmark of Pinot Noir — flavor without weight.  Without a trace of heaviness, it dances, seemingly forever, on the palate.  It’s both racy and voluptuous, but not overdone, with an emphasis on the savory side of Pinot Noir.  Its suaveness makes it a joy to drink now.  Its impeccable balance suggests it will evolve beautifully with age, so there’s no rush."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, October 2020

    • "Mother's Day Wines"

      "Gorgeous in the glass, this exceptional wine also impresses with strength and beauty on the nose and wonderfully appealing fruit, thick body, attractive balance, great complexity and lengthy finish on the palate."

      John Vankat, Arizona Daily Sun, May 1, 2021

    • "Merry has defined Pinot Noir"

      "Merry has defined Pinot Noir. This is a composite of clones including Merry Edwards namesake clone UCD37. A compact and concentrated opaque-purple wine revealing aromas of lavender and spring flowers. Within are complex layers of blueberry and blackberry compote integrated with Asian spice and savory elements. The tannins are ripe and polished."

      W. Peter Hoyne, Chicago Wine Press, February 2020

    • 12 Wines Worth Splurging on this Holiday Season

      "This magnificent, complex Pinot Noir vividly brings to life the wonderful fruit flavors found in the grapes grown in winery’s original vineyard, Meredith Estate. This intense red wine pulsates with life without being overpowering. Its fragrant, ripe flavors range from dried plums to roasted blackberries and dark chocolate. One of the favorite wines so far for 2020 and which will get even better over the next 5 to 8 years."

      Ken Ross, Masslive.com, December 2020

  • 2016

    • 95 points

      "The 2016 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate has a deep ruby-purple color and gregarious nose of black cherry liqueur, baked blackberries and blueberry compote with notes of black pepper, soil and spice. Medium to full-bodied with concentrated, dark juicy fruit in the mouth, it has firm, grainy tannins and a layered, spicy finish."

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, April 2019

    • 97 points

      "Merry Edwards’ Meredith Estate Pinot Noir is always one of my favorites in her line-up. Is it a stand out because it’s one of her own vineyards, purchased and planted about 20 years ago? Whatever the reason, the 2016 is particularly magnificent. Big, yet surprisingly not boisterous, it has refinement that is unusual for a wine with this power. Despite its size, it has the quintessential element, at least for me, of Pinot Noir -- a weightlessness. Great vigor and energy keep it balanced and you coming back for more. Each sip reveals more amazement -- how can so much flavor continue to emerge? While I am enthusiastic about all her 2016 Pinot Noirs, there’s an extra dimension to the Meredith Estate.

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Dec. 11, 2018

    • 94 points

      "Clone 667 forms the foundation of this wine. UCD 37, 777 and a Swan selection round out the blend. Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, sawdust and nutty oak. A glorious attack of lavish black fruits draws attention. Intense and brooding, even over time in the glass. Harmonious tannins create a sleek and satisfying texture. The glorious finish (and I have this underlined in my notes) concludes with waves of ripe fruit. Bombastic!"

      Prince of Pinot, Jan. 16, 2019

    • 93 points

      "Brawny layers of black cherry are structured in broad tannins and a backbone of balanced concentration in this stellar, sturdy and full-bodied wine. Its powerful nature finds worthy companionship in crisp focused acidity that keeps it fresh and accentuates hits of cardamom and cola."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2019

    Read More Acclaim for 2016
    • 94 points

      "Intense and brooding in the glass, the 2016 Merry Edwards ‘Meredith Estate’ Pinot Noir is a dazzling new bottling. The nose takes on some serious range from umami to blood orange rind to red cherry candy to cran-pomegranate. Ripe and rich, showing nice mid-palate weight and a strong salinity, the wine shows off downright sexy red fruit flavors with cola and orange rind also shining brightly. Outstanding now, this wine needs a one to two hour decant if enjoying in its youth. Drink 2018-2033."

      Dr. Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog, Jan 9, 2019

    • 93 points

      "Dark, rich and juicy with bright cherry fruit and smooth texture; tangy and long with lovely balance and a balanced finish."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine

    • 90 points

      "Notes of cedar and spice flank the powerful dark cherry and dried raspberry flavors. Dark chocolate details show on the finish."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, January 2019

    • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended

      "Medium purplish ruby; deep, intense, ripe, spicy, black cherry, and red and dark berry fruit aroma with a floral note, and hints of dried herbs, forest floor, and mocha; medium-full body; deep, tight, red and dark fruit flavors; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A bit tight and rough in the mouthfeel, the wine will benefit from several more years of bottle aging."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, December 2018

    • "The 2016 Meredith Estate Pinot Noir is splendid. It is fleshy in texture, very richly flavored, complex, and well balanced; a wine excellent depth and a very long finish, tasting of raspberry, baked cherry, red licorice, kola nut, black tea, and spicy oak. Can be aged."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2019

    • 90 points

      "This midnight purple colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a mulberry and low bush Maine blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and acidic. The flavor profile is a mineral infused red plum with notes of strawberry and blueberry. The finish is dry and its flavors and dusty tannins linger and last for quite a while."

      Ken's Wine Guide, April 2019

    • "Elegant"

      "Intense bouquet of ripe black raspberries, rose petals and smoldering earth that had a gravelly note on the palate with added complex notes of black tea that had a bold body with round tannins – big yet elegant."

      Cathrine Todd, Forbes.com, May 23, 2019

    • "Beauty, strength and complexity"

      "My favorite among several exceptional Pinots from Merry Edwards has a gorgeous purple hue, along with extended beauty, strength and complexity on both nose and palate."

      John Vankat, "Pine Wine," Arizona Daily Sun, June 6, 2019

  • 2015

    • 95 points

      "Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate opens with pronounced black raspberries, black cherries and violets scents with touches of chocolate box, anise, black soil and oolong tea plus a touch of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied with a firm foundation of grainy tannins and lively freshness, it has a wonderfully expressive core of black berries and floral notions, finishing with great persistence.

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

    • 95 points

      "Over the years the Meredith Estate has been one of the most reliable big guns in the Merry Edwards arsenal. The 2015 vintage is yet another in an enviable string of successes. Showing notes of bright raspberry and black cherry, this vintage is more fruit-driven than some, but without losing the structure and depth that set Merry Edwards Pinot Noirs apart. Robust and full-bodied, with inviting aromas of wood spice, this is a brilliant wine for tonight or you could lay it down in the cellar and properly age it for another five to seven years."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 2, 2018

    • 93 points

      "Soft, velvety, lush and broad, this is a full-figured, darkly brooding wine, steeped in concentrated flavors of strawberry and blackberry. Baked bread, milk chocolate and rose petals accent it well, with supportive, measured oak adding a touch of toast."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

    • 92 points

      "Medium to medium-dark ruby; deep, ripe, spicy, black cherry fruit aroma with hints of dried herbs, forest floor, and mocha; medium-full body; rich, textured, earthy, cedary, red and black fruit flavors with good depth and structure; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2018

    Read More Acclaim for 2015
    • 91 points

      "Very young and somewhat backward at this point yet a wine that wants for nothing in the way of stuffing, heady ripeness and extract, this full-scaled Pinot Noir may yet be a touch rough around the edges, but its fruity confidence and staying power are beyond any question. Its juicier aspects may invite early drinking, yet it is a substantial wine that clearly begs for age, and, although we see very fine things in its future, it will need at least four or five years of additional age to fully make good on its very considerable promise. We have no doubts at all that make good it will."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2018

    • 92 points

      "Deep ruby color; lush black cherry nose; silky and meaty with rich texture and ripe berry fruit; balanced, intense and long."

      Anthony Dias-Blue, Blue Lifestyle, December 2017

    • "The 2015 Meredith Estate is a luscious, concentrated wine of outstanding quality. It is full bodied and full flavored (plum, black cherry, black tea, red licorice, rose petal, spicy oak), with excellent balance, and a very long, mildly tannic finish. A blockbuster, in the best sense. Needs aging."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, July 2018

  • 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

    Read More Acclaim for 2014
    • 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

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      "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

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      "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

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      “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

    Read More Acclaim for 2008
    • 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