Critical Acclaim

Georganne Pinot Noir

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.

Georganne Pinot Noir

Critical Acclaim

  • 2017

    • 92 points

      "Powerfully structured, with good cut to the dark currant, dried raspberry and dark plum flavors, revealing accents of licorice and tar. Floral hints emerge midpalate, presenting a long, sanguine and firmly tannic finish."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, August 2019

    • 91 points

      “The 2017 Pinot Noir Georganne is the smallest production, and it has a smoky, savory style in its mulled red and blue fruits, graphite, earth, and underbrush aromas. It’s another medium-bodied, firm, focused effort that’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age.”

      Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019

  • 2016

    • 94 points

      "The 2016 Pinot Noir Georganne Vineyard is medium to deep ruby-purple with a youthfully shy nose of black cherry, black plum, blueberry pie, earth and toasted coconut. Medium-bodied, it has lots of concentrated spiced fruits with very fine, grainy tannins and good freshness. Give this a couple more years in bottle."

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, April 30, 2019

    • 92 points

      "This is an oaky and powerfully structured wine, with a fleshy opening of orange, red cherry and tea-laced forest floor. The tannins are strongly etched in grippy ripeness and structure."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

    • 90 points

      "Tight and concentrated, this muscles past some chewy tannins and brings them along, as the core of zesty raspberry and blackberry flavors is compelling."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2018

    • 94 points

      "The deeply colored Georganne Pinot Noir makes a powerful statement, showing impressive depth with complex dark-fruit aroma, an earthy, savory side and a touch of wood spice. The richness and depth are typical of a Merry Edwards Pinot, and so is the elegance and balance. It’s a neat trick and Merry Edwards has mastered it."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Aug. 21, 2018

    • 93 points

      "Very rich and still a bit nascent at one and the same time with a wealth of perfectly ripened black cherry fruit set against a lovely backdrop of sweet oak and dried flowers and accented with a soupçon of slightly savory spice, this year’s Georganne is a supple, full-bodied edition of unquestioned potential. If hinting at polish, it is a wine that is a long way from reaching its best, and, given its maker’s track record for creating long-lived Pinots, it is easy to recommend that this one be assigned to a quiet corner of the cellar for no less than four or five years."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, November 2018

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      "The 2016 Georganne is a finely flavored, medium rich, well balanced wine, with aromas/flavors reminiscent of blueberry, cherry, red currant, kola nut, and spicy oak. Very long, lightly tannic finish."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2019

  • 2015

    • 94 points

      "The medium ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir Georganne Vineyard has a beautifully enticing nose of Black Forest cake, red roses and mulberries with wafts of potpourri, fragrant earth and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate sports wonderfully ripe, grainy and firm tannins with matching freshness supporting the layered perfumed fruit, finishing on a compelling mineral note."

      Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018

    • 94 points

      "While Merry's Georganne Vineyard Pinot Noir lacks the edginess of some of her other vineyard-designate Pinot, it makes up for it with finesse. This is the smoothest of Merry's many Pinot Noirs. It shows luscious ripe cherry fruit with supple tannins that make for a creamy texture that is unique for a young Merry Edwards Pinot. Stunning now, stunning later, so drink up whenever the urge for a luxurious Pinot strikes."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018

    • 94 points

      "This newest Georganne estate vineyard Pinot Noir shows its youthful vigor, with more cranberry, dry earth and bright spice character than the rest of the line. It’s showing potential for a great future, with great acidity a hallmark of the site and more refinement from year to year. Try this with a roast chicken for a perfect match."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Jan. 23, 2018

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    • 91 points

      "This is an ambitious and highly extracted Pinot Noir that, for all its oaky richness and imposing sense of substance and size, somehow manages to keep its sights steadily set on the very pure black cherry fruit in the variety. It is a lavish, extremely deep wine, but it is a very well-structured one as well, and once past its invitingly supple beginnings, it reveals plenty of youthful tannic grip. It is nowhere near to reaching prime time, and, among the many Merry Edwards new releases, it is the one most in need of aging, and, if it promises to take its time before reaching its peak – six to ten years would not surprise – there is no questioning the worth of hiding a few bottles away in a dark and distant spot in the cellar."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2018

    • 90 points

      "Medium to medium-dark ruby; initially restrained, black cherry and black raspberry fruit aroma with hints of forest floor and cola; medium-full body; deep, earthy, textured, cherry and red berry fruit flavors; medium to mediumfull tannin; lingering aftertaste. Opened and developed with airing to show appealing fruit, though best to bottle age for several more years. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2018

    • 94 points

      "Deep ruby color; spicy black cherry nose; silky and sleek with juicy black cherry and toasty oak; rich and balanced, long and stylish."

      Anthony Dias-Blue, Blue Lifestyle, November 2017

    • 91 points

      "This opaque and very dark purple colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards show nice finesse. It opens with a blueberry and acai berry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is just barely full bodied, balanced, soft and round. The flavor profile is a tasty plum and mild black raspberry blend with hints of faint oak, gentle minerality and a touch of black pepper. The finish is dry and its flavor are nicely prolonged. This Pinot is food friendly and would pair nicely with Norwegian grilled salmon steak."

      Ken's Wine Guide, July 5, 2018

    • "The 2015 Georganne is a stunner: velvety in texture, full bodied, and rich; a Pinot Noir with fine character (black cherry, black raspberry, blueberry jam, rose petal, black tea), light oakiness (vanilla, spicy oak), excellent balance, and a very long, lightly tannic finish. Warrants aging."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, July 2018

  • 2014

    • 94 points

      "Planted in 2006, this vineyard is one of the newer sites for the “Queen of Pinot,” who coaxes a strong-willed, high-strung complement of charcuterie and wild lavender from its vines. Bright red currant and raspberry are met by floral, herbal competition, which vies for attention on the palate, girded by strong tannins and mellow oak."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2017

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    • 93 points

       

      "Merry Edwards’ Georganne bottling has more apparent tannic structure compared to her others from 2014.  It’s more brooding at this stage without the same velvety glossiness.  That said, there is an appealing earthy, savory aspect that grows on you as the wine sits in the glass.  On day two of tasting, it’s still the most structured wine in this lineup, but not in an offensive way.  It just needs a few extra years of cellaring.  This is an excellent young Pinot Noir.  Cellar it while you enjoy some of Merry Edwards’ other bottlings."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

    • 90 points: "Very Highly Recommended"

       

      "Medium to medium dark purplish ruby; attractive, rich, tight, intense, spicy, black cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with herbal notes and a hint of cola; medium-full body; rich, extracted, textured, cedary, firmly structured, red and black fruit flavors with some roughness and grip in the mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, January 2017

    • 90 points

       

      "Here is a big, fairly gusty, fully extracted Pinot that impresses more for its considerable fruity volume than it does for sophistication or nuance, and, while elegance may elude it, richness most definitely does not. It is fleshy and full-bodied with plenty of structural solidity and the tannic spine of a wine worthy of age, and, even if long on deep, very obvious black cherry fruit even now, it should be laid away for at least three or four years before drinking."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

    • "The Georganne is exceptional: very ripe and luscious in style; it is full bodied, quite rich in flavor, well balanced, and very long and persistent on the finish. Very generously flavored, tasting of blackberry, strawberry, red licorice, blueberry, rosehips, spicy
      oak, and vanilla."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

    • 91 points

      "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very nice. It opens with mild black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild plum with notes of faint oak and gentle minerality. I also detected a hint of grape seed and strawberry. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins linger and last for some time. This Pinot would pair well with veal medallions with fig."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Feb. 9, 2017

  • 2013

    • 92+ points

       

      "The 2013 Pinot Noir Georganne Vineyard comes from a vineyard on Westside Road and is planted with Merry Edward’s favorite clone of Pinot Noir, UCD 37. Slightly more earthy and large-boned than her other cuvées, the wine is tannic, firm and Pommard-like in its masculinity muscle. There is a lot going on, with plenty of black cherry and black currant fruit, underlying earthiness and spice. Forget this for several years and drink it over the following 15 years. This could be her Pommard Premier Cru from the Russian River."

      Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

    • 90 points

       

      "Anchored by ripe, aromatic blackberry, wild berry and loamy black licorice notes, with floral scents and flavors, this combines density, richness and persistence. Ends with power and finesse."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, Dec. 8, 2015

    • 92 points

       

      "The 2013 Pinot Noir Georganne is one of the most complete wines in this range. Sweet, pliant and beautifully expressive, the 2013 possesses terrific balance and tons of sheer appeal. Sweet plum, cola, spice, new oak and leather are all super-expressive. Drink this juicy Pinot over the next handful of years. All the classic Merry Edwards signatures are found here."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinousmedia.com, February 2016

    • 94 points / Cellar Selection

       

      "Rustic earth and the aromatic sparks of a rose garden open this wine. Tight, youthful tannins hover around chocolate, strawberry and blackberry notes, resulting in a velvety texture on the expansive palate. It finishes quietly and confidently, eager to develop further in bottle; enjoy through 2023."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2016

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      "Georganne is a ... generous wine: velvety in texture, full bodied, and finely balanced, with a long, harmonious finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of blackberry, black cherry, plum, rosehips, toast, and cedar."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

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      "(T)he 2013 Merry Edwards Georganne Vineyard Pinot Noir ... is lively and full-bodied, with raspberry and cherry flavors and notes of baking spices and forest floor."

      Laurie Daniel, San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 7, 2015

    • 97 points

       

      "The 2013 Georganne is the sort of pinot that Merry made her mark with -- bold, rich, well proportioned and yet in exquisite balance. From this vintage of Georganne she was able to get plenty of extracted fruit without the harsh, bitter tannins that sometimes accompany that style of wine. The Georganne from this vintage shows plump dark fruits, a note of forest floor and a subtle wood spice. It has firm grip on the back of the palate, but that will subside as this wine matures into another glorious Merry Edwards pinot from the Russian River."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Dec. 15, 2015

    • 95 points

       

      "In a vintage like 2013, where the fruit comes in so great, most wineries are able to produce a fine product.  It's the master producers that really get to strut their stuff and make what we critics like to rant and rave about, and Merry Edwards is on a tear with her lineup, making wines that are marvelously structured and at once very concentrated and elegant. The Georganne shows a mix of damp and dry earth notes on the nose, with black cherry, Asian spice and a touch of candied raspberry. The palate has a firm grip and a bright acidic bite, but the flavors promised by the nose are all there, and no doubt will gain in complexity and depth with extended bottle aging. Another stellar bottle from this producer."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Dec. 22, 2015

    • 95 points

       

      "In addition to consistently making a fabulous array of Pinot Noir, Merry Edwards is a genius with her single vineyard bottlings.  She embraces the Burgundian magic of terroir:  How the same grapes grown in different vineyards express themselves differently in the respective wines.  The Georganne Vineyard Pinot Noir is a chewy, almost briary, wine filled with black fruit flavors that intermingle with gamey elements.  Most notably, it has a beautifully polished texture.  Brilliant acidity keeps you coming back for another sip of this intriguing wine.  Despite its size, it has the Merry Edwards imprint of elegance.  A king of a wine for when King Salmon is in season."

      Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, December 2015

    • 91 points

       

      "(A)ttractive, deep, tight, intense, spicy, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with herbal notes and a hint of cola ... deep, rich extracted, cedary, red and black fruit flavors that are a bit rough and gripping on the finish; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Needs a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2016

    • 92 points

       

      "Georganne is consistently a solid offering from Merry Edwards. The 2013 is another winner. It is a pitch black colored Pinot Noir that opens with a faint new leather and mild blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a very tasty black plum and minerality blend with notes of blackberry. I also detected hints of mild oak and touch of black licorice. The finish is dry and its mild dusty tannins are nicely prolonged. This bold Pinot will appeal to fans of big red wines."

      Ken's Wine Guide, January 2016

    • 91 points

       

      "Dark and redolent of black cherry; silky and dense with ripe berry fruit and smooth texture; tangy, spicy and lush; long and balanced."

      Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

  • 2012

    • / "Best of Show"
      "Big, deep, rich, authoritative, black fruit and nutmeg flavors."

       

      Quarterly Review of Wines, "32nd Annual Best of the Best," December 2014

    • 90 points

       

      "While all the Merry Edwards 2012 are quite opulent, the 2012 Pinot Noir Georganne is one of the more restrained wines in the range, as the expression of fruit and overall structure are a bit more persistent than in some of the other wines. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, rose petal and spice are woven together in a relatively delicate, feminine Pinot that nevertheless offers plenty of Russian River generosity."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, May 2015

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      "The 2012 Georganne is a wonderful wine: luscious and full bodied, with intense ripe fruit character (cherry, blueberry, plum), and floral-spicy overtones (violet, white pepper, guava). It is very long on the finish, with light tannin."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

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      "This aromatic pinot draws you in and its flavors make you linger. Complex, with notes of blueberry, cassis and cocoa. What wins you over is its depth. A knockout."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 17, 2014

    • 93 points

       

      "At first blush this vintage of Georganne from Merry Edwards seems to be on the lighter side, but that's merely a feint. This is a beautifully structured Pinot with firm acidity that will hide some of the gorgeous red- and black-fruited aroma until the acids soften. Pair it with roasted or braised meat dishes for near-term consumption. For more subtle pairings, a few years in the cellar will benefit the Georganne Pinot mightily."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2014

    • 93 points

       

      "The 2012 Georganne takes the bright fruitiness found in her Sonoma Coast bottling and adds a savory meaty quality that complements dark black fruit flavors.  Glossy and long, it has the ripeness you’d expect from a California wine without eviscerating the delicacy of Pinot Noir."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2015

    • 94 points

       

      "Pinot Noir has a great friend in Merry Edwards.  Year after year, she is able to deliver amazing depth and complexity from different vineyards, allowing them to reach their fullest expression.  This version of Georganne shows bold blueberry, black cherry, allspice, damp earth, mild chocolate and wild flowers, all integrated beautifully on the palate with bracing acidity and a long finish that brings the earthy notes forward slightly."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, December 2014

    • 90 points

       

      "This ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a brambleberry bouquet with hints of black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, sleek and very approachable. The flavor profile is a tasty mild blackberry with notes black raspberry. I also detected hints of red beet and dark chocolate. The finish is dry and its flavors and gentle acidity fade away nicely."
      KensWineGuide.com, January 2015
    • 92 points

       

      “Earthy and filled with baking spice, this wine offers floral aromas, bright acidity and flavors of baked strawberry compote steeped in cinnamon. Lush on the palate, as so many of the producer’s wines are, it is quite mouth filling and will take on more nuance with time.”

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015

    • 90 points

       

      "Dense and smooth with ripe cherry and notes of spice, earth and toasty oak; juicy, rich and long."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," November 2014

  • 2011

    • 96 points

       

      "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."

      Robet Whitley, Wine Review Online, November 2013

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      "Rock star. A pinot with depth and a great concentration of fruit. Striking notes of blackberry, dried cherry, herbs and spice. Lush, fleshy texture. Complex. This wine is a great stand-alone pinot and would be a good one to savor later, well after the feast."

      Peg Melnik, "Wines to Give Thanks For," Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 19, 2013

    • 92 points

       

      "The grapes are from the winery’s youngest vineyard, which may be why the wine, good as it is, is a little direct. It’s brisk in acidity, with appealing, jammy flavors of raspberries, blueberries and ripe persimmons. Yet there are great complexities lurking beneath the surface. This surely is a bottling to watch in future vintages."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

    • 92 points

       

      "From her youngest vineyard, which was planted in 2006, Edwards’ Georganne is a bigger and weightier wine than her Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir bottling.  Conveying more black than red fruit-like flavors, it has an attractive burly presence.  Almost chewy, Edwards magically prevents it -- and all her Pinot Noir -- from being heavy.  This is a wine for drinking, not just tasting, because it opens beautifully while it sits in the glass over an hour or two."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2013

    • 92 points

       

      "This year's Georganne bottling matches the Coopersmith in terms if richness, but it, is by a small margin, better focused and a bit more complete. It is a full-bodied Pinot, and its ripeness is never in doubt, but it takes all its cues from wonderfully well-defined fruit, and its accents of sweet oak and dried violets are never more than that."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2014

  • 2010

    • 93 points

       

      "Shows a certain aggressiveness, offering up vibrant raspberry and cherry fruit, cola, mocha and oak flavors, but kept aloof by its acidity and tannins. It's certainly elegant and pedigreed, but it needs 3-4 years in the cellar."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

    • 93 points

       

      "This is a relatively new vineyard for Merry, one situated in the heart of the RRV. If the 2010 is an indication of its potential, then the future seems very bright for this prime piece of viticultural real estate. This vintage exhibits the richness, depth and layered complexity that is the Merry Edwards style. It shows juicy, ripe black-fruit characteristics with hints of mocha and spice, and is firmly structured and built for the long-haul. Drink now or watch it improve over the next five to seven years."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, March 2013

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      "(V)elvety in texture, intensely flavored, and beautifully balanced; a Pinot Noir with rich fruitiness and wonderful length, with a very harmonious finish. It tastes of raspberry, plum, blueberry, toast, spicy oak, and kola nut. Very fine quality."

      Restaurant Wine, December 2012

    • "Highly recommended"

       

      "Attractive, plummy, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with a note of mocha; medium-full body; rich, extracted, textured, cedary, black cherry fruit flavors that have good depth ..."

      California Grapevine, December 2012

    • 92 points
      "Dark-hued, this is rich in blackberry, raspberry and plum-laced fruit, with firm tannins boding well for the future. Tightly focused, long and deep on the finish, offering rose petal and lavender."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, March 31, 2013

    • 93 points

       

      "This silky Pinot Noir combines fruit and earth—sweet and savory notes. A touch lighter and showing more red than black fruit of the Merry Edwards Olivet Lane, the Georganne bottling has the hallmark layered complexity of her other Pinot Noirs. Mineral notes appear as it sits in the glass and the finish expands. This, like her other Pinot Noirs, are wines to savor with dinner, not just taste. It’s hard to resist."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, January 2013

  • 2009

    • 90 points

       

      "The opaque and very dark purple colored Pinot Noir opens pleasant plum bouquet with a hint of blackberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced and smooth. Its flavor profile is a mild plum with notes of minerality. I also detected a hint of blackberry and smoky oak towards the back of the palate as well. The finish is dry and its fine tannins are gentle and friendly."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Dec. 10, 2011

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      Michael Pinkus, The Grape Guy, Nov. 8, 2011

    • 90 points

       

      James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, July 27, 2011

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      "A lush pinot with depth. Complex flavors of cherry, herbs and spice. Silky texture. Nice acidity. Striking."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jan. 18, 2012

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       "(F)loral in character, but also ripely flavored and quite rich, with very good balance and a very long, persistent finish, suggestive of rosehips, plum, cassis, cranberry, and toast."

      Restaurant Wine, July 2012