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2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

In one way or another, all of our wines are blends. For single-vineyard wines, special blocks, clones or barrels may be selected and thoughtfully combined. Likewise, our Russian River Pinot is, in a way, the grandest of our blends, as its goal is to portray the heart of our valley. This Pinot Noir’s kaleidoscopic personality was created by melding five unique vineyards, eight singular clones and 12 individual lots.
The bouquet of this wine uncovers memories of ripening blackberry fields, berry compote and warm plum clafoutis. The complexity of frothed and aromatic Mexican chocolate, with its cinnamon, nutmeg, rich cocoa butter and nutty flavor is found here also. Wood-grilled meat, mushrooms and other earthy notes accompany the sweet, toasty and supportive oak.
Smooth and round on the entry, the palate is powerful yet supple, imparting an impression of thickness. Tannins build tension across the body in line with a balanced acid profile. Generous fruit carries over from the aroma joined by dried fig, sarsaparilla and a lingering toastiness. Polished and firm on the finish, this wine has many years to unfold.

Critical Acclaim

Best Wines for Fall: Six Experts Weigh In

"As we begin to crave comfort fare such as braised dishes and stews, we need a red wine with enough structure and bright acidity to cut through the richness. Pinot Noir fits that bill. Merry Edwards is one of the leading ladies of winemaking, known for her brilliant and luscious Pinot Noirs chock-full of enticing aromas of raspberries, spiced cherries, violets, and earth." Read the article here: Robb Report: Best Wines for Fall Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier at Seven Lions and Terra and Vine, Chicago, as quoted in Robb Report by Sheila Gibson Stoodley, Sept. 21, 2018

92 points

"Far too often a Pinot producer’s appellation bottlings are not given their full due and are seen as being less worthy of attention than those bearing the name of a specific vineyard, but experience teaches that is not always the case and no better example exists than this inviting effort. It is a fairly big, but very well-built wine that is generously fruited with the structure to age into better, and it shows the very careful winemaking that we have come to expect from Merry Edwards. It is delicious now, but we would counsel against hasty drinking as it is a good three to five years away from its increasingly complex best." Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, November 2018

91 points

"Herbal and forested in savory elements like rose petal and black tea, this is a gorgeously rich and round red wine, a true showcase of the appellation and sure to please a crowd. Red and black cherry are met by wild strawberry and lush waves of depth." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018