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2017 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2017 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

One of our most northerly vineyards is located on Westside Road in the Russian River area locally referred to as the Middle Reach. We harvest its Pommard clone fruit early in the season as this region is warmer than the southern boundary by about 15 degrees on any summer’s day. The soils here resemble more the gravelly, stone-strewn properties of Bordeaux rather than those emblematic of our appellation.

Reflecting its clonal origin, the aroma is a virtual symphony of cherries — Queen Anne, Rainier and dark Bing. Spicy notes of lightly toasted, burnished oak along with leather, tobacco, rosemary and white pepper add depth. A hint of minerality is in keeping with Flax typicity, reflecting the soil in which it’s grown.

The wine has a soft entry that develops into a smooth yet firm palate that increases in intensity toward the finish. Tannins are fine grained, and the balanced acidity creates a mouthwatering sensation. Anise, dark fruit, chocolate and cassis form accents. In the glass, we can see this Pinot virtually unfold, promising a brilliant future.

Critical Acclaim

93 points

"From 100% Pommard clone vines, the 2017 Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard is medium ruby-purple in color and coiled on the nose, slowly giving way to raspberries, strawberries and red cherries with accents of aniseed, amaro, lilac and tangerine. It’s medium-bodied and silky with bitters-laced berry fruits, framed by lightly chalky tannins and finishing very long and fresh. This is approachable now but merits a bit more time in bottle." Erin Brooks, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019

90 points

“A spicy style, with ripeness to the dark cherry, blackberry tart and dark currant flavors, matched to forest floor accents. Slate and graphite overtones show on the finish, revealing firm tannins.” Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, May 2020