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2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

Some wonderful wines came out of the 2015 vintage, including this Pinot, which reflects the compelling profile of our home appellation. Six different clones grown in six vineyards were fermented individually to produce a dozen small, distinctive lots. Old favorites from California include the Swan and Pommard selections, while the French Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 add diversity to the mix along with my very own UCD37.

Ripe red raspberries, blueberry pie, dark cherry preserves and blue plums vie for attention in the intense aroma. Floral scents of lilac and roses are apparent along with cola, milk chocolate and savory mushrooms. Fine French oak frames all this abundance, providing lushness without being overbearing.

Generous fruit spills over into the palate. Added to this are flavors of artisanal chocolate-hazelnut spread, fig compote, lingonberries and cocoa powder. The acidity is lively -- the mouthfeel is full and juicy -- the finish long. Every swirl of the glass reveals more, promising long life for this Pinot Noir, and beckons the sampler to take just one more sip.

Critical Acclaim

94 points

"Made from grapes sourced from several sites across the appellation, this shows deft winemaking skill in its velvety, gritty texture and beautiful aromas and flavors of cured meat, rose petal and Asian five spice. Bright acidity lifts the tones of cranberry, rhubarb and mushroom earthiness, with a touch of crushed stone." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

"Great Wines for Thanksgiving"

"A downright sexy mix of earth, chocolate, cloves, and rose petals on the nose leads to a rush of berries edged with citrus." Read the Sunset magazine article here:

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