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2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

This six-vineyard composition gives me the opportunity to blend lots from each of our estate vineyards -- Coopersmith, Georganne, Flax, Meredith -- with grapes from both Olivet Lane and Klopp. It dramatically reflects the vibrant core personality of our home region in the Russian River Valley. Its terroir is unique in the world of cool growing regions, giving us the advantage of proximity to the ocean sheltered by the coastal mountain range. This specific placement results in a wide differential in day-to- night temperatures of some 40-50 degrees during the fall ripening season. In combination with superbly well-drained soils, this leads to deep color, rich mouthfeel and dramatically complex aromas.

Our 2011 Pinot Noir is a wonderful example of these converging influences. The wine’s vibrant aroma melds intense fruit with savory characteristics. Mouthwatering cherry, blackberry, boysenberry and cola are complemented by accents of lightly roasted coffee, cocoa and fresh earth. Its substantial structure supports a generous amount of new oak, adding white pepper, toasty cinnamon and vanilla to its many layers. The wide palate is smooth and rich with an extended finish that just goes on and on.

Critical Acclaim

"Luscious and compulsively drinkable"
"Merry Edwards' name is well known to lovers of elegant California Pinot Noir, and this Russian River Valley wine is a perfect example of the winemakers' style. Although the wine is quite refined, it's also luscious and compulsively drinkable. You may want to eat a second chicken just to justify a second bottle." Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2014

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