2008 Coopersmith Pinot Noir
Over time, the agricultural use of a piece of land evolves in order to support itself and the farmer. In its previous life as an orchard, this site grew delicious organic apples under the care of Haven Best. As orchard fortunes turned downward, this site gained a new sustainable life as a vineyard. Ken and I purchased this Laguna Ridge site in 1999 and planted Coopersmith in 2001. From the outset, the deep, well-drained, sandy soil and the perfect southeast-facing slope of this property have created a wine that has thrilled fans from its first vintage in 2004.
This gregarious wine entices us from the first sip. It's loaded with masses of dark, mouthwatering bramble fruits, black licorice and its signature cocoa. Highlights of nutmeg, vanilla and cola add to its succulent appeal . On the finely balanced palate, this Pinot has generous, smooth tannins leading to a silky, full mouthfeel and lush finish. If I had a vision of this wine as a cake, it would be a Black Forest Kuchen!
"This very dark ruby colored Pinot from Merry Edwards is consistently one of my favorites from her portfolio each year. This year the Coopersmith delivers again. It opens with an attractive boysenberry bouquet with hints of musty oak and blueberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a very tasty mild black raspberry with some gently integrated smoky oak. The finish is dry and its mild fine tannins are pleasant and linger slightly." Kenswineguide.com, Feb. 16, 2011
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