Critical Acclaim

Merry Edwards Wines

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Made of grapes from marine-influenced vineyards, this lively, versatile wine has all of the characteristics one would look for in a Sonoma Coast appellation blend: elegant yet approachable, food-friendly but able to stand on its own. It’s a pleasure for the senses whether paired with a five-course meal or accompanied only by a sunset with good friends.

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Critical Acclaim

  • 2020

    • 93 points

      "The 2020 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is ripe with raspberry candy, crushed rose petal, and turned earth. The tannins in the 2020 are a touch more present and emerge on the finish, and it also has more warmth. Drink this over the next 10 years."

      Audrey Frick,, August 2022

    • 93 points

      "Aromas of spiced cherry, plum and fresh mint. Medium-to full-bodied with silky tannins. An interesting, well-balanced mix of fresh red and black fruit and savory spice. Good concentration."

      James Suckling,, April 2022

    • 90 points

      "The 2020 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is scented of wild berry jam, blueberries, juniper and underbrush. The medium-bodied palate has a firm, slightly rustic texture, understated fruits and rounded freshness.”

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, July 2022

  • 2019

    • 94 points

      "Creamy red fruit and light stemmy spice adorn this soft, silky wine from coastal sites. It shows an opulent mouthfeel and teases of rose and forest floor. Cranberry, pomegranate and rhubarb come to mind on the palate, as full-bodied tannins and oak contrast it all."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2021

    • 94 points

      "Earthy and regal, with thrilling aromas of white pepper, cherry bark, and red flowers. Spirited and spiced, with nutmeg and gingersnap weaving in between cinnamon-soaked cherry and dried heather. An earthy note lengthens the streamlined finish."

      Meridith May, The Tasting Panel, Jan/Feb 2022

    • 94 points

      "Winemaker Heidi von der Mehden says that this vintage produced 'our sought-after Sonoma Coast style: elegant, bright acidity, red fruit, and earthy notes.' This is wonderful because Merry Edwards basically innovated this style! Beautiful and soft with an elegant frame this Pinot Noir shows classic cherry notes with a unique waft of Spring garden vegetables. The palate is the height of balance for this region, with calm fruit and the right amount of natural acidity lifting the wine."

      Keith Beavers, VinePair, March 2022

    • 92 points

      "The appellation 2019 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ... has a vivid translucent ruby color. This carries to a wonderfully balanced, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with lots of ripe strawberry fruits, notes of wildflowers, chalky minerality, and spice, flawless balance, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's beautifully done and just a joy to drink. It should keep nicely for 5-7 years or so."

      Jeb Dunnuck,, July 2021

    • 91 points

      "Opens with an intensely fruity aroma, with concentrated cherry, plum and red currant flavors that are filled with rich acidity. Underbrush accents midpalate lead to ripe spiciness on the finish."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Sept. 30, 2021

    Read More Acclaim for 2019
    • 94 points

      "A whiff of light salinity takes you right by the ocean in the 2019 Sonoma Coast, which follows with teaberry and herbal undertones aromatically. Full-bodied, with light tannins, this shows off salty red fruits alongside kumquat zest, and stony undertones on the palate. Gorgeous now, enjoy this beauty over the next ten to twelve years."

      Owen Bargreen,, Sept. 30, 2021

    • 91 points

      "Sunny red fruit flavors fill this wine with enough fresh fruit intensity to live up to its weighty extract. The spice of the tannins feel light and airy even as the wine’s lasting power drives that spice for minutes. It may bring back memories of raspberries growing on the side of a dirt road in summer."

      Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2022

    • 92 points

      "Bright ruby color. So fresh and bright with strawberries and cherries, along with rose petals, white pepper and rhubarb. Crisp and fresh, lovely texture, slightly chewy but really fresh. Juicy strawberries and red cherries mix with tones of rhubarb, pepper, along with rose petals, nutmeg and bay leaf. Fun and fresh but complex, too. A great intro to the producer’s style."

      Isaac James Baker,, January 2022

  • 2018

    • 94 points

      "Jammy plum, strawberry and dark cherry ooze from the core of this beautifully coastal wine, seasoned in dried herb, clove and black tea. Expressive and varietal, with a thick tannin structure, it has room to open further and unwind, its oak well integrated and its tannins structured."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast "Best of Year" Issue, January 2021

    • 92 points

      "The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is another hugely appealing entry-level wine in this range. Freshly cut flowers, mint, white pepper and red cherry fruit give the Sonoma Coast Pinot a brilliant upper register to play off its mid-weight personality. Next to the Russian River Pinot, the Sonoma Coast is more linear and a bit less exuberant, but every bit as appealing."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, August 2020

    • 90 points

      "Pale to medium ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has slowly opening scents of black tea leaves, burnt orange peel, earth and bright red berry fruits. The palate is light to medium-bodied with restrained, earthy fruits, a soft frame and juicy finish."

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, August 2020

    Read More Acclaim for 2018
    • 91 points

      "Changes abound at Merry Edwards Winery, one of California’s leading Pinot Noir producers. In 2019, Louis Roederer, the Champagne house, purchased the winery. With the 2018 vintage, Heidi von der Mehden, who worked with Merry Edwards since 2015, took the reins as winemaker. As these reviews show, the stunning quality of the wines remains the same. The 2018 Sonoma Coast bottling displays bright and lively red fruit character with savory nuances and a welcome hint of bitterness in the finish. It’s a “high-toned,” leaner style Pinot Noir that superbly reflects the cool coastal influences."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, February 2021

    • "The Best California Reds to Buy Right Now"

      "Merry Edwards began producing Pinot Noir in Sonoma County in 1976 and her wines deliver all the promise of Californian wine. The gorgeous 1970s-derived Art Nouveau labels with purple roses, indicate the Pinot Noir grape, from which, resident winemaker Heidi von der Mehden is currently creating nine different versions. Sonoma Coast 2018 bounces out of the bottle and into the glass; it is ripe, round and bountiful with an intensity of fruit but without any sticky sweetness. There are layers of flavours, which range from black cherry and plum to a hint of black scented tea and zest of orange peel. At 14 percent, this is one of the stronger wines in the selection, it is so well balanced the high alcohol content is not a problem and this wine leaves you feeling energised. Perfect for this time of year."

      Sarah Hyde, Town & Country House (UK), Oct. 24, 2020

    • 91 points

      "Ripe dark cherry color. Really aromatic, with black cherry preserves, raspberry jam, with rose petals, clove, cola, warm clay. Medium+ bodied, fresh acidity, silky tannins, it has a ripe but crisp feel throughout. Black cherries and raspberries mix with cranberry jam, spiced tea, clove and earth. This is a fresh, complex, delicious Pinot that covers a lot of different bases."

      Isaac Baker, The Terroirist, June 2020

    • 92 points

      "Sweetly aromatic with black cherry and blackberry notes as well as notes of tar and herbs and spice. The palate has nicely focused sweet black fruits which are ripe but not overripe, and some notes of cedar, clove and cinnamon from the oak. It’s a ripe Pinot Noir, but also a structured one, with a savoury edge to the fruit. Polished and quite stylish, with a noticeable oak imprint (44% new), this ticks a lot of boxes for those who like well made, potentially ageworthy Californian Pinot Noir."

      Jamie Goode, Wineanorak, Oct. 24, 2020

    • 91 points

      "This ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with mild blueberry and black cherry bouquet with a hint of cola. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, round, elegant and smooth. The flavor profile is a very tasty gentle red plum with notes of nicely integrated fine minerality and maraschino cherry. I also detected hints of mild cola, white pepper and herbal tea. The finish is dry and its refined tannins and flavors drift away nicely. This graceful Pinot Noir would pair well with a filet mignon or fresh sliced Norwegian salmon."

      Ken's Wine Guide, December 2020

    • Very Good+

      "The Merry Edwards Pinot Noir 2018, Sonoma Coast, offers a medium ruby-magenta color and aromas of red cherries, plums and currants highlighted by hints of cranberry, cloves and pomegranate, with some flinty-loamy minerality in the background; solid and supple in texture, it conjures elements of juicy and darkly evocative red fruit, forest floor and lightly sauteed mushrooms, all tied together with a strain of slightly dusty graphite minerality."

      Fredric Koeppel,, April 2021

  • 2017

    • 94 points

      "This blend of multiple vineyards impresses in its breadth and depth, offering creamy softness and robust yet supple tannin. Toasted oak, nutmeg, clove and brooding black fruit combine effortlessly along a medium-bodied thread of ripe-ness and weight, finishing in a measured richness of chocolate."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2020

    • 95 points

      "Grown in the southernmost boundary of the Sonoma Coast in the Russian River Valley, six vineyards made up the blend of California and Burgundian Dijon clones for this elegant red. Aromas of cardamom-spiced cherry skins, briar, saddle leather and cola are a treasure to the nose. The impression of complexity and balance of acid and round tannins allow a generous juiciness on the palate. A slight grip on mid-palate includes flavors of espresso, blueberry and oak. The finish wakes up an earthy character, punctuated by cinnamon and black pepper."

      Meridith May, Tasting Panel magazine, April 2020

    • 90 points

      "If you’re looking to tap into the excellence of a Merry Edwards Pinot Noir but find the tab for one of the winery’s single-vineyard wines beyond your reach, take a look at the “appellation” specific Pinots that hit a lower price point. The Merry Edwards 2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir shows a nose of strawberries, raspberries and wood spice, and the palate follows through on that promise. There is a bit of tannin bite on the back end, but that will mellow with additional age."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, February 2020

    • 90 points

      "The 2017 Sonoma Coast sports a deep purple/plum color as well as a great bouquet of spiced blackberries, strawberries, scorched earth, violets, and foresty, earthy nuances. Playing in the medium-bodied, forward, sweetly fruited end of the spectrum, it has light tannins, terrific purity of fruit, and outstanding length."

      Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020

  • 2016

    • 93 points / Best Buy

      "A blend of five vineyards, this wine captures the fresh flavors of black raspberries, tiny wild blueberries and cool fir-tree notes. It’s completely ripe, almost inky in its richness, even as the structure keeps it skinny, wild and tense. A beautiful take on Merry Edwards’s rich style of pinot noir, this will satisfy wine drinkers looking for richness, as well as those looking for structure and freshness in their coastal reds."

      Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2019

    • 93 points

      "Sultry red fruit is seasoned in cardamom and baking spice with a lovely lilt of orange peel that accentuates the underlying acidity. Thick and concentrated on entry, the wine settles into a velvety smooth and floral expression of coastal crunchy fruit."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2019

    • 92 points

      "The line-up of five 2016 Pinot Noirs from Merry Edwards is her best ever, in my opinion. The five include this one from the Sonoma Coast, three single vineyard ones, Klopp Ranch, Flax Vineyard and Meredith Estate, from the Russian River Valley, and one labeled just “Vintage 20,” a blend of her top barrels from those and other vineyards she created to celebrate her 20th vintage. The Sonoma Coast, lighter (but by no means light) and fruitier than the others reflect the relative coolness of the Sonoma Coast. Although weighing in at only fractionally less alcohol (14.3 percent) versus the 14.5 percent of the others, it comes across and being far less ripe than the alcohol suggests. Its lively flavors dance on the palate. More fruit-focused than the other bottlings, it still delivers engaging spiciness."

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

    Read More Acclaim for 2016
    • 93 points

      "The 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir by Merry Edwards is a sensational new wine by superstar winemaker, Merry Edwards. The wine is a blend of eight individual lots of Pinot Noir in the Sonoma Coast AVA. This starts off with aromas of saline drenched red cherry, cigar box and suggestions of cran-orange. The palate shows good freshness and tension with copious red fruits with blood orange rind and dusty terroir flavors. A stunning wine, this will age well for the next ten plus years. Drink 2018-2030."

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

    • 92 points

      "Tangy cherry nose; silky and toasted, dense and juicy with ripe cherry and spicy flavors; rich, intense and elegant."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, November 2018

    • 91 points

      "A blend of eight lots of wine grown at five distinctive vineyard sites. Both California and Burgundy clones. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. An arsenal of aromas including ripe, dark fruits, violets, baking spices, oak cask and vanilla. Plenty of stuffing in a mid weight plus style, offering flavors of sweet, earthen, dark red and purple berry fruits with toasty oak in the background. The fruit is not as ripe and sappy as found in other Pinot Noirs in the 2016 lineup. Forward drinking and juicy, with modest tannins and some finishing persistence."

      Prince of Pinot, Jan. 16, 2019

    • +

      "Very fine quality, this Sonoma Coast bottling is medium rich, very complex in aroma/flavor (raspberry, plum, kola nut, rose petal, white pepper, oak), and long and slightly tannic on the finish. Can be aged. Great value."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2019

    • 90 points

      "Merry Edwards' (the winemaker) strength is her vineyard-designate program, but her appellation wines shouldn't be overlooked. The 2016 Sonoma Coast offers deep aromas of cherry and raspberry, an earthy back note and a touch of wood spice. It's elegant and rich and ready to drink now."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, July 2019

  • 2015

    • 92 points

      "The medium to deep ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has a very pretty nose of crushed red cherries, raspberry pie and baking spices with hints of rose petals, wild thyme and black tea. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled in the mouth, it features vibrant red fruits and a fine-grained yet firm frame, finishing long and lively."

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

    • 92 points

      "Gritty in oak, this coastal appellation wine is bright and herbal, offering crisp, vibrant overtones of cranberry, pomegranate, strawberry and rose. A streak of fresh mint and lavender adds floral elements that contribute to its lovely profile of delicate elegance, supported by mellowed oak."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

    • 90 points

      "Makes a strong initial push of generous plum and black cherry flavors, with touches of herb, cedar and spice, adding depth and dimension to the core fruitiness. Drink now through 2024."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, December 2017

    Read More Acclaim for 2015
    • 93 points

      "This is the most fruit-forward of the Merry Edwards Pinot Noir line, with bold cherry, spice and dry earth aromas and flavors really popping from beginning to end. Bracing acidity keeps everything feeling fresh and light, and pushes the finish into the distance. Another delight in a stellar group."

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

    • 91 points

      "The 2015 Sonoma Coast is likely the closest any Merry Edwards Pinot Noir comes to being a "fruit bomb." It's the easiest of all her 2015 Pinots to drink at this stage but shouldn't be dismissed as simple. Very elegant and complex, this wine shows notes of red and black fruits, a subtle touch of wood spice and supple, beautifully integrated tannins. Drink now. And enjoy."

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

    • 90 points

      "Ripe cherry nose; crisp and juicy with tangy acidity and racy style; fresh, lively and long."

      Anthony Dias-Blue, Blue Lifestyle, November 2017

    • 90 points

      "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a plum and gentle oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a stewed plum and oak blend with hints of black pepper and a touch of anise at the very end. The finish is dry and its flavors, moderate tannins and acidity linger for quite a while after the wine is gone. I would pair this Pinot with Colorado rack of lamb or a prime rib."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Jan. 24, 2018

    • +

      "The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is supple and rich; a stylish, balanced wine of very fine quality. It is complex in aroma/flavor (raspberry, strawberry, cherry, rose petal, black tea, white pepper, spicy oak), and very persistent on the finish. Still quite young; warrants aging."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, July 2018

  • 2014

    • 92 points


      "Smooth and medium-bodied, this is a rounded, lovely expression of rhubarb compote and black tea that's softly layered on the palate. Rose petals invite first before wild blueberry and nutmeg make their mark, supported by juicy acidity and a grippy length of tannin."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

    • 90 points / Very highly recommended


      "Medium ruby; attractive, forward, relatively intense, black cherry fruit aroma with hints of mushroom, Asian spice, and damp earth; medium to medium-full body; rich, textured, firmly structured, Bing cherry and red berry fruit flavors with hints of cola and vanilla, and some weight and textured in the mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste."

      California Grapevine, December 2016

  • 2013

    • 90 points


      "An easygoing, approachable wine with lush texture and characteristics of soy, black olive and forest floor, this wine leans savory and quite minerally, with spicy acidity giving it a kick on the palate. Savory and juicy, it expands on the finish into a lushness of velvety goodness."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

    • 90 points


      "There is a good bit of fruity muscle implied in the rich, ripe cherry aromas of this one, and, while following through with plenty of heft on the palate, the wine is insistently focused on Pinot Noir and its pure, deeply drawn varietal fruit is comfortably joined by lots of sweet and creamy oak. If already very showy, it displays fine staying power as well, and, if short-term drinking cannot be discouraged, it has the substance and structure to improve for upwards of a half-dozen years."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2016

    • 90 points


      "This bright red colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a fragrant cherry-cola and mild oak bouquet with a hint of blueberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, silky, and friendly. The flavor profile is a pleasant red plum and red cherry-cola blend with hints of beef stick, mild oak and black raspberry. The finish is dry and its mild tannins and flavors are nicely prolonged. This Pinot is very food friendly and will be a very popular pour at restaurants."

      Ken's Wine Guide, April 25, 2016

    • "Highly recommended"


      "Hint of oak, floral aromas, powerful flavors of ripe red plums, cloves and tobacco, soft, ripe tannins, long finish."

      Fred Tasker, Tribune News Service, June 28, 2016

    • 93 points


      "This is one of Merry Edwards' appellation bottlings, and as usual, it's a good one.  I like the cola pizzazz here as it rides over the black cherry and fall spice.  The wine is quite fruit driven, which may surprise you when trying it alongside the winery's other offerings.  It's delicious now, and will take some cellaring with ease."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, June 14, 2016

    • 90 points


      "Bright cherry nose; smooth, juicy and tangy with spice and savory notes; juicy, balanced and long."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

  • 2012

    • "11 Winning Wine Gifts for Mother's Day: Buy a Bottle From a Famous Female Winemaker"


      "Surprise your mom with a bottle from the hands of legendary female winemaker Merry Edwards. The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of five cool climate vineyards. Red fresh berries intermingle with hibiscus liqueur, a subtle traction of cedar wood and a hint of warming baking spice on the finish.”

      Lenka Davis, wine director, Barbareño Restaurant, Santa Barbara, in Wine Enthusiast magazine, May 5, 2015

    • 91 points


      "A blend from five different Sonoma Coast vineyards, this is a delicious Pinot steeped in flavors of raspberry liqueur and pomegranate, light in texture and personality yet rich and spicy on the finish. The oak makes itself felt midpalate, a delicately smooth layering of toast and tannin, lovingly balanced by pleasing aromas of violet and cinnamon."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2015


      "An absolutely striking pinot noir with great depth. Complex aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate and white pepper. Buoyant acidity. Lingering finish. Also a steal for the price. A knockout."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 4, 2014

    • 90 points


      "With a forty year history of working with Pinot Noir, it’s no surprise that Merry Edwards is one of California’s star producers of that varietal.  While her single vineyard bottlings show the diversity of sites, this one from the Sonoma Coast is a great introduction to her engaging style.  Brimming with cherry-like flavors, this bright wine has substantial weight balanced by mild suave tannins."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2015


      "The Sonoma Coast bottling is an excellent wine: medium rich, supple, balanced, and long on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of raspberry, strawberry jam, plum, spicy oak, guava, and cedar."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

    • 90 points


      "This dark red colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a fragrant black cherry bouquet with a hint of oak and black raspberry. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced, juicy and very easy to enjoy. The flavor profile is a tasty red plum with notes of oak and strawberry licorice. I also detected a hint of cinnamon and faint red raspberry. The finish is dry and its dusty oak tannins are sticky and linger. This Pinot would pair well with a slow cooked prime rib roast."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Feb. 4, 2015

    • 91 points


      "The most outgoing and approachable of Merry's new Pinots, the Sonoma Coast bottling should not be seen as a simple and scaled-down version of the winery's pricier efforts and stands as a striking success in its own right. Its pure, incisively fruity aromas and vital, very deep flavors hit all the right varietal marks, and it is as well-balanced as it is keenly focused with a sense of polish that will make waiting difficult. That said, we see every reason to believe that it will grow for at least three or four years and keep comfortably for twice as long."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2015

  • 2011

    • 91 points


      "This isn’t one of Merry Edwards’ single-vine­yard Pinots, but who cares? It’s a magnificent effort, and a classic expression of Sonoma Coast in a good vintage. The wine is dry and tannic, yet lilting in the mouth, with flavors of raspberries, cherries, pome­granates and mushrooms. It’s not an ager, but an ele­gant, sophisticated Pinot to drink now."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

    • Rich Finish


      "Merry Edwards has a way with this varietal. In 2011, she extracted from this grape amazing perfumes of sweet cherry and raspberry and, on the palate, more fruit and a warm brioche note, as well as a supple body, bright acidity, and a rich finish."

      Robb Report, "Host's Guide," November 2013

    • 91 points


      "Merry Edwards shows that the French have no monopoly on the concert of terroir.  Her Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is refreshingly different from her Russian River bottlings.  It delivers bright berry-like flavors intermingled with spicy and earthy nuances.  It’s a lively and invigorating wine that combines succulence and spice without being overdone.  It is lovely now and, given the prices of top-end Pinot Noir, a very good buy."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2013

  • 2010

    • 92 points


      "Bright saline notes frame expressive fruit in the 2010 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. A beautifully layered wine, the 2010 impresses for its length, finesse and balance. I very much like the sense of precision and cut here. Sweet floral notes meld into red berries and spices in this striking, delineated wine. The 2010 Sonoma Coast is another winner from Merry Edwards."

      Antonio Galloni, April 2013

    • 92 points


      "Power vs. finesse. Which wins out? It’s pretty much a draw in this blend of various sites throughout the sprawling Sonoma Coast appellation. It shows the acidity and dryness of the coast, as well as the long hangtime richness of the vintage, with spicy raspberry and cherry flavors liberally oaked. A gorgeous wine, and a bargain given that it’s the least expensive of the winery’s 2010 Pinots."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, October 2013


      "(D)eeply colored, full bodied, and richly flavored; a somewhat robust Sonoma Coast Pinot. It has rich flavor, good balance, and a firm, long finish, tasting of red currant jam, toast, clove, spicy oak, plum and raspberry. A terrific value."

      Restaurant Wine, December 2012

    • Impressive

      "A pinot with a good concentration of fruit. Notes of berry, cherry, herbs and spice. Impressive."


      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 19, 2013

  • 2009

    • 94 points / Editors' Choice


      "Made from eight vineyards lo­cated throughout this sprawling appellation, this wine showcases the art of the blend, and is an extraordinary achievement for its sheer opulence. Offers wave after wave of Pinot flavor, with superb tannins and mouthwa­tering acidity. The fact that this is Merry Edwards’s least expensive Pinot Noir is amazing and makes it a special buy."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, May 2012


      "The 'lowly' Sonoma Coast bottling is merely excellent: a delicious Pinot Noir that is ripely flavored, full bodied, crisp and well balanced, with long persistence ..."

      Restaurant Wine, July 2012


      "A striking pinot with concentrated fruit and great focus. Sleek and elegant. Complex, with notes of rose petal, smoke, raspberry, herbs and cinnamon. Firm tannins. Crisp acidity."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Oct. 17, 2012

  • 2008

    • 'Excellent'


      "The Merry Edwards Pinot Noir 2008, Sonoma Coast, is so damned pretty and balanced and integrated that you want to eat it with a spoon. The color is radiant cerise with a magenta glow; aromas of black cherries and rose petals, cola and cranberry waft from the glass, while in the mouth the wine offers delicious and moderately spicy flavors of ripe black cherries and red currants in a texture that feels transparent and lacy; the satiny finish brings in touches of briers and graphite. Absolutely lovely. Excellent."

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

    • 'A real find'


      "Medium deep red color. Lovely classic Pinot Noir nose … smoky, earthy, lush ripe berries, aromatic tea leaves all tease you on the nose. On the palate, lots of ripe berries, fine acid, you keep salivating long after swallowing. Those lingering flavors of ripe berries and spice are definitive Pinot Noir. ... (T)his is a real find."

      Narsai David, KCBS food and wine editor, May 23, 2011

    • 94 points, Editors' Choice


      Wine Enthusiast magazine, August 2011


      "A pinot with depth. Concentrated aromas and flavors of cherry, berry, herbs and spice. Caramel finish. Tangy. Complex.

      Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat, May 18, 2011

    •  90 points


      "Not far off the pace set by the winery's more expensive, single-estate offerings, this vibrant and well-structured effort is a Pinot with plenty of pieces and a fine sense of depth ... there is no doubt in our minds that the wine will age famously."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2011

    • 91 points


      This dark ruby colored Pinot from Merry Edwards opens with a black raspberry and plum bouquet with a hint of old leather and vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty oak infused tart black plum. The panel also detected notes of chocolate and black cherry in the blend. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are nicely prolonged.

      Ken's Wine Guide, April 13, 2011

    • 91 Points


      "Very smooth finish with a hint of pepper at the end.", Feb. 17, 2011

  • 2007

    • Complex

      "Medium-deep ruby color; deep, earthy, forest floor aromas with some dark cherry notes; deep, rich earthy, dark cherry flavors with forest floor and cinnamon notes ... good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex Pinot that needs time to open up; lots of nice layers once it does."

      PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

    • 91 points "Year's Best Pinot Noir"
      "This pinot noir has substantial weight and it also has drive, the flavors of bosky cherry, foresty mushroom and pine held tight within a rich texture. Oak contributes to the smoky scent and adds to the mineral tannin without blocking the clean fruit."

      Wine & Spirits Magazine, reviewed June 2010, "Year's Best Pinot Noir," April 2011

    • 3.5 Stars

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

    • 91 Points

      Deep ruby colour; intense, spicy plum, smoke and leather nose; sweet fruit, full on the palate with a lively spine of acidity, well integrated oak and ripe tannins.

      Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, June 2, 2010

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      A wine that "stands up to the complex flavors and vibrant spices of traditional Mexican cuisine."

      Dick Rosano, Wine Enthusiast, May 4, 2010

    • Wine of the Week

      "A big boy pinot. Dense, with layered flavors of cherry, plum, herbs and spice. Long finish."

      The Press Democrat, December 2009

    • Dense

      "As Press Democrat's wine writer, Peg Melnik, looks for good value and the occasional splurge, her picks for the week includes 2007 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, $36.00. A dense pinot noir with tangy fruit flavors. Layered, with deep, rich fruit, herbs and spice. Long finish."

      Peg Melnik - The Press Democrat, November 29, 2009

    • 92 points

      Wine Enthusiast, January 2010

    • 90 Points

      Community Tasting -, September 2009

    • 90 Points

      "Bright, deep ruby hue. Lovely, appealing high-toned mineral and red fruit aromas, especially an attractive note of red cherry. Bracing acidity offers firm structure and brightens lean red fruit and red currant flavors. Medium in weight with a very clean finish."

      Lyn Farmer - The Wine News, Summer 2009

    • 90+ Points

      "Big, sous bois, tart cherry, cherry pie nose; tasty, tart cherry, mineral, complex palate; medium finish."

      Richard Jennings,, June 29, 2009

    • Bright, fresh

      "The 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is composed of fruit from cooler sites, including Meredith Vineyard. Bright, fresh and zesty melds nicely with a perfume of red fruits and blueberries. This spicy fellow was my traveling companion to Laguna Beach for the holiday weekend where a grilled Copper River salmon joined us for dinner.", June 2, 2009

  • 2006

    • Firm but balanced

      "This wine is just the ticket. It has a ripe blueberry and floral nose and tastes a little like blackberry and spice on the palate. The tannins are firm but are thankfully balanced by the wine’s fruit and thanks to the acidity and tannins this wine can still take some aging."

      Summer Whitford -, March 11, 2009

    • Bright

      "Bright, cherry-raspberry nose; sleek and only slightly oaked. It's fairly light-bodied but definitely not wimpy, as some Pinots can be. It would be great with a salad of raspberries, gathered greens and bleu cheese crumbles."

      Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, November 7, 2008

    • 90.2 Points

      Community Tasting, November 4, 2008

  • 2005

    • Smooth and Supple

      “…smooth and supple with bright cherry and raspberry and a whisper of sage.”, November 14, 2007

    • 90.8 Points

      Community Tasting, November 10, 2008

    • Gorgeous

      “This gorgeous wine was the biggest of the pinots we tasted, packed with
      bright cherry and notes of lemon and orange, vanilla and spice.”, November 14, 2007

  • 2004

    • 93 points Editors Choice

      Wine Enthusiast

      March 2007

    • puff puff 91 points

      “…this lovely, beautifully focused and carefully crafted working is an outstanding value by any and all measures.”

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2007

    • Elegant

      “…an elegant wine, perfectly balanced with fruit, acid and tannins.”

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

  • 2003

    • 92 points

      “…good structure and balance, long finish. Big and lush…”

      Greg Walter, PinotReport, Issue#33

    • Rich

      “This one has a kind of papal richness about it -- authority, tradition, grandeur.”

      Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee, January 3, 2007

    • ****

      “A rich, full-bodied wine…Excellent”

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #107

    • Aromatic

      “The aromas and flavors really light up the palate.”

      Narsai David, KCBS RADIO, July 15, 2005

    • Elegant

      “Elegant, staff favorite”

      Food & Wine Magazine, October 2005

  • 2002

    • “ Very highly recommended,” 90 points

      -California Grapevine, June-July 2004

    • 93 points

      “Big, full and beautiful - this Pinot is a delight to drink.”

      -PinotReport, Issue #24

    • (one puff)

      “This rich and well-ripened wine stands as the bargain of the Merry Edwards clan.”

      -Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2004

    •  “An excellent Pinot Noir, in a supple, somewhat fleshy style.”

      -Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, issue #101

    • “Sweet-tart flavors of red cherry, cedar and earth.”

      -The Wine News, August/September 2004

  • 2001

    • 93 points

      "This Pinot from Merry Edwards should be in every Pinot lover's cellar. It's not only great Pinot, but the incredible $27 price means you should try to get a case."

      -Greg Walter, publisher, PinotReport, October 2003

    • 91 points

      "Very similar in profile to Merry Edwards' s Olivet Lane bottling...That makes it a relative value."

      -Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide April 2004

    • (90 points)

      “… Ripe cherry fruit and dried rose petal nose is followed by a fairly ripe, somewhat velvety, nicely structured wine in the mouth…service with grilled lamb chops or a breast of duck is sure to bring out its best.”

      -Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004

    • ****+

      “Extremely aromatic and fine; supple and full bodied, with good depth of flavor and excellent balance. Very long finish. It tastes of plum, clove, tobacco, vanilla and rose petal. Another testament to the efforts and dedication of California's Pinot Noir pioneers, among whom Merry Edwards is one of the most accomplished.”

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

    • These are three exceptional wines from a great vintage. A slow, cool growing season meant pleanty of acid & structure.

      "...has an elegance balanced by a firm tannic backbone that will age beautifully for a few years”

      -Narsai David, Food & Wine Editor, KCBS Raido, January 13, 2004

    • “Gorgeous”

      -Barbara Ensrud, The Cork Report, MetroMagazine, December 19, 2003

    • Gorgeous

      “The region that produces the juiciest and most seductive Pinot Noirs, to my mind (and palate), is the Russian River Valley in western Sonoma.”

      -Barbara Ensrud, The Cork Report, MetroMagazine, December 19, 2003