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2008 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2008 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

This unique site was planted to Pinot Noir in the late 1980s and is still farmed today with pride and dedication by our good friend Ted Klopp. The vines overlook the Laguna de Santa Rosa, from a ridge top bordering the western edge of this wintertime lake in central Russian River Valley. Here the sandy, well-drained Goldridge soils help create tiny berries that result in striking wines of great depth. A diverse collection of clones -- Swan and Pommard along with Dijon 115, 667 and 777 -- gives us many options from which I can assemble a memorable blend each year reflecting the site’s timeless personality.

The character of this vintage seems a bit more exotic than usual, with allspice and juniper berries accenting a core of classic toasty, bramble-blackberry fruit. Cola, plum, bacon and cocoa add complex layers to the aroma. The palate is smooth and supple upon entry, becoming increasingly tarry and ripe with aeration. Tannins are bountiful but softly understated and lush leading to a stately, extended finish.

Critical Acclaim

96 points

Wine Enthusiast magazine, August 2011
95 points

"I confess to a preference for earthy Pinots, so Merry's latest from Klopp Ranch hit me where I live. It offers exotic aromas of forest floor and dark fruits, with a subtle spice note, and an ever-lengthening palate that will only improve as the tanninc bite on the finish loses its grip with time. Superb and distinctive Pinot from the grande dame of California Pinot Noir." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, June 2011

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