Critical Acclaim

Merry Edwards Wines

Tobias Glen Pinot Noir

Tobias Glen is located in our hometown of Forestville, just minutes north of the winery. This small property endured a succession of managers until we took control in 2002. We immediately assumed supervision and two years later teamed up with the Robledo family. Any night of the week, Ken and I can stroll down the street and confer with Arturo Robledo, father and son, who farm the vineyard for Roz and Randolph Johnson. The result of our joint efforts has been both an increased crop and elevated quality.

Tobias Glen Pinot Noir

Critical Acclaim

  • 2007

    • 93 points

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

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2010

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    • Puff 90 points

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

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2010

    • 91 Points "Smart Buy"

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

      PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

    • 91 points "Best Wines of the Year"

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

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

    • 9 / 10 points

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

      Alder Yarrow,, March 24, 2009

  • 2006

    • 92 points

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

      Wine Enthusiast, August 2009

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    • 92 Points 

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

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2009

    • "The coolest site in the Merry Edwards’ empire is Tobias Glen and is usually the last to be harvested. The 2006 is a concentrated gathering of black and blue fruit. Here, the Merry Edwards magic is visible. She began purchasing the fruit in 2003 and began revitalizing the vines with organic mushroom compost. Today, the wine has an earthy richness and concentration that should cellar for the long term.", June 2, 2009

    • "This Pinot opens with a faint red cherry and plum like bouquet with a hint of spice detected as well. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth, and very easy to drink. It displays juicy strawberry flavors with hints of light raspberry and licorice mixed in as well. The finish is quite dry and its noticeable medium tannins linger for quite some time. This wine would pair very nicely with prime rib or an herb encrusted rack of lamb.", May 18, 2009

  • 2005

    • Puff Puff 92 Points

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

      Connoisseurs’ Guide, June 2008

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    • StarStar 

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

      The Chronicle Wine Selections,, May 2, 2008

    • Highly recommended

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

      California Grapevine, April-May 2008

  • 2004

    • 90.6 Points

      Community Tasting, Nov. 4, 2008