2011 Georganne Pinot Noir
Our youngest producing vineyard, Georganne, continues to delight us with the beautiful grapes and wines it produces. Located on Westside Road, at the very northern tip of Russian River Valley, it seems to receive inspiration from its famous older neighbors, Rochioli and Williams Selyem. Planted in 2006, the intensity and depth of the wine it produces belies its youth, except for its wonderful, exuberant personality!
This wine’s opening salvo is a mouthwatering, concentrated fragrance of black cherry with an attractive smoky, toasty edge. With gentle aeration, deep layers of rich, dark fruit continue to unfold in the form of ripe blueberries, lingonberries and black raspberries accented with mocha, licorice and freshly ground espresso. In the mouth, this luscious Pinot is plush with velvety tannins creating a nonstop finish of excellent length.
"With remarkable purity of fruit, this is another brilliant effort from Merry Edwards, the queen of California Pinot Noir. On the nose there is a whiff of violet, and subtle earthiness. On the palate the wine unfolds elegantly, showing layers of raspberry and blueberry fruit, the scent of mocha, and a hint of spice. On the finish there is real honest-to-goodness grip, which bodes well for the future evolution of this superb example of Russian River Valley Pinot that has obviously benefited from the deft skills of a master artisanal winemaker." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, November 2013