Critical Acclaim

Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Grower Ted Klopp and I have been working together as partners for more than a decade, collaborating on decisions that achieve the rich berry flavor and firm structure of thsi wine. His vineyard, located on the Laguna Ridge, is exceptional; the fine sandy soil provides excellent drainage, and his exacting vineyard practices produce remarkable intensity, year after year.

Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Critical Acclaim

  • 2016

    • 95 points

      "Merry Edwards’ Pinot Noir from the Klopp Ranch is spectacular, delivering black fruit-like power seasoned beautifully with spice and minerals. With all its density, it’s still fresh and thankfully does not venture into the “Pinot-Syrah” category.  Despite its power, it’s paradoxically still restrained and amazingly complex.  Waves of flavors awaken the palate. Its length is seemingly endless.  As with all Merry Edwards’ 2016 Pinot Noirs, there’s an exciting energy and glossy texture to this one from the Klopp Ranch."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Dec. 11, 2018

    • 95 points

      "The Klopp Ranch bottling, year to year, is one of my favorites from the Merry Edwards winery.  There’s a damp earth vibe that I find very attractive, and it makes for a savory presentation, with bold dark fruit, fall spice and real staying power in the finish.  It’s wonderfully approachable now, and it will gain complexity with further bottle aging.  Beautiful Pinot with real sense of place."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, May 7, 2019

    • 94 points

      "The Klopp Ranch Vineyard shows the more feminine side of Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, exhibiting intense red-fruit aromas with a touch of wood spice and inviting notes of violets and spice."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 2019

    • 93 points

      "This vineyard overlooks the western edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa in the middle of the Russian River Valley. Soils are classic Goldridge. Clones are Pommard, 115, 667, 777 and a Swan selection. Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black fruits, cola, forest and a hint of vanilla. Mid weight plus in concentration, featuring a wave of blackberry, cassis and spice flavors, framed by substantial, but gracious tannins. and complimented by toasty oak in the background. Overall, the balance is commendable and the powerfully succulent finish leaves a good impression."

      Prince of Pinot, Jan. 16, 2019

    • 93 points / Cellar Selection

      "Sanguine, peppery and meaty, this is a bold, brawny wine from a long-standing vineyard designate, showing a great complement of elegance within an overall frame of power and girth. Firm tannins grip clove, black-tea and black-currant flavors, challenging them to speak. This will do well with more time in the bottle." See the review here: Wine Enthusiast April 2019

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2019

    More Acclaim
    • 92 points

      "Lush and dark with deep berry fruit and dense texture; rich, spicy and long; not exactly elegant but loaded with flavor and style."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine

    • 94 points

      "The 'Klopp Ranch Vineyard' is 26 acre vineyard planted to Pinot Noir clones Pommard, Pommard 5, Joseph Swan and Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. The wine shows a wonderful dark fruit profile with dark raspberry, and loganberry preserves that connect with forest floor and white truffle crudo. The palate shows wonderful freshness and intensity, showing a nice saline streak. Black tea, wild blackberry jam, cigar ash and wet stone flavors all marvelously connect in the glass. This stunning wine is best enjoyed over the next fifteen plus years but it is sensational right now. Give this at least an hour decant if enjoying in its youth. Drink 2019-2035."

      Dr. Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog, Jan. 9, 2019

    • 90 points

      "Dense and a touch brooding, with notes of tea and spice to the roasted plum and dark cherry flavors. Bittersweet chocolate and mineral components emerge on the finish."

      Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, January 2019

    • "The Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir is a fleshy, rich wine of very fine quality. It is very well balanced, intensely flavored (black cherry, black tea, raspberry, rose petal, plum, white pepper, spicy oak), and very long on the finish. Still quite young; warrants several more years of aging."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2019

    • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended

      "Medium purplish ruby; deep, earthy, dark cherry, pomegranate, and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cocoa powder and baking spices; medium to medium-full body; deep, rich, ripe, concentrated, red and black fruit flavors with a note of mocha, and some plushness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Initially a bit tight and lean, the wine developed with airing, though best to age for several more years. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, December 2018

    • 92 points

      "This ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a black cherry bouquet with hints of oak, peppers and chestnut. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a plum and black raspberry blend with notes of oak and cola. I also detected some hints of black pepper. The finish is dry and its bold dusty tannins stick around for a very long time. This Pinot would pair well with braised wild boar or teriyaki meatballs."

      Ken's Wine Guide, May 24, 2019

  • 2015

    • 95 points

      "Spicy baked rhubarb, plum and cherry clafouti give this wine a welcoming richness that shines warmly in toasty oak and cola tones. Light on entry, it develops robust flavors and texture in the glass, softly seductive in an underlying freshness of acidity, with flavors of cardamom, tea and drips of dark chocolate."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2018

    • 93+ points

      "Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch opens with fragrant herbs and earth notions over a core of black cherries, cranberries and stewed rhubarb with touches of raspberry leaves and roses. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the tightly wound red and black fruits, which are supported by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with a lingering herbal lift."

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

    • 95 points

      "Merry's 2015 Klopp Ranch offers a seductive floral perfume on the nose, leading to leading to a richly layered palate of blueberry and black cherry with a touch of oak vanillin and fall spices. The tannins are relatively modest, making for immediate enjoyment. That said, this is a beautifully structured and well-balanced Pinot Noir that will deliver pleasure for several years to come."

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

    • "This is a complex pinot with layered notes of raspberry, Bing cherry, toast and cola. But what makes it a standout is its supple texture and its lush, lingering finish. Gorgeous."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 13, 2018

    More Acclaim
    • 94 points

      "The current Klopp Vineyard Pinot Noir shows deep concentration, with candied black cherry aromas peeking out from beneath rich oak spice on the nose, and bold acidity and some pert tannin carrying the flavors through a blooming finish. Age this a while to get at all the charm within -- I would say five years is a good start."

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

    • 93 points

      "This midnight purple colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very good. It opens with a blackberry and oak like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, rich and smooth. The flavor profile is a toasted oak and blackberry blend with notes of black plum. I also detected a touch of black olive. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate well-managed tannins linger for quite a while. This voluptuous Pinot Noir is very drinkable on its own. I would pair it with beef bourguignon."

      Ken's Wine Guide, May 15, 2018

    • 91 points

      "Medium to medium-dark ruby; intense, deep, cherry, pomegranate, and black raspberry fruit aroma with earthy notes and hints of cocoa powder and baking spices; medium-full body; deep, concentrated, red and dark fruit flavors with crisp acidity and a rich, textured mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Impressive now, though will benefit with several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2018

    • "Terrific wine"

      "Without a doubt, the 2015 Klopp Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir is a terrific wine. Very aromatic and loaded with dark fruit flavors such as raspberry and blackberry, along with fig and hints of toasty oak. Well-balanced, it offers a touch of spice on the long, luscious finish."

      Al Vuona, The Worcester Telegram, Jan. 4, 2018

    • 90 points

      "Ms. Edwards’s Pinots typically show an extra bit of solidity and sinew than many of their Russian River Valley neighbors, and this latest from Klopp Ranch is a very good example of just that. It is ripe and well-extracted with a very sure core of black cherry fruit, but it is presently more firm than supple and its combination of acidity and light tannins work to keep it slightly closed in. It is not so tough as to make for unpleasant drinking should patience run short, but we would urge waiting for another three to five years, and, given the winery’s track record for making ageworthy Pinots, we feel safe in predicting a long life after that."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2018

    • 93 points

      "Bright ruby color; rich, cherry nose; smooth and rich with black cherry and toasty oak; tangy and juicy, long and balanced."

      Anthony Dias-Blue, Blue Lifestyle, November 2017

    • "The delicious, complex Klopp Ranch bottling: full bodied, medium rich, well balanced, and very long on the palate, with a firm, persistent finish, tasting of black cherry, raspberry jam, red licorice, black tea, rose petal, and spicy oak. Wonderful quality. Needs aging."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, July 2018

  • 2014

    • 95 points

      "Merry is the queen of California pinot noir. Long live the queen. The 2014 Klopp Ranch is a stunning wine that shows the remarkable ability of Edwards to make an elegant wine with muscle. That's a rare combination. The Klopp is firm with impressive depth, expressive raspberry and cherry fruit, and hints of earthy forest floor."

      Robert Whitley, "Wine Talk," March 21, 2017

    • 94 points

      "Layered black cherry, cola and raspberry flavors laced with cardamom and clove make this medium-bodied red succulently memorable. It's balanced and forgiving, its supple texture yielding to a creaminess on the finish that's irresistible."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

    More Acclaim
    • 94 points

      "Another full bodied, dark side of the variety example from Merry Edwards, who always manages a layered delivery of multiple aromas and flavors, compelling you to spend some time at the rim, nosing the depths slowly before tasting.  This vintage of Klopp Ranch is no exception, with plum and black cherry joined by notes of earth and cardamom, finishing long and lush, a supple grip keeping it all together.  Well done"

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, March 21, 2017

    • 93 points

      "Merry Edwards’ Klopp Ranch bottling highlights bright red fruit flavors with less emphasis on the savory component.  A succulent wine, it is balanced and pure with an alluring suppleness.  It strikes a gorgeous mid ground in terms of intensity.  I’m not sure that anyone, even Edwards herself, can explain precisely what it is about the vineyards that results in the different expressions of her wines.  But it’s clear that the wines differ one from the other.  It’s not a marketing technique.  Another unique and riveting Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards!"

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

    • 91 points / First Place

      "Medium to medium-dark ruby; intense, deep, earthy, plum, black raspberry, and pomegranate aroma with spicy notes and hints of mocha and dried herbs; medium-full body; deep, rich, extracted, savory, red and dark berry fruit flavors with a full, rich, textured mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A relatively big wine, typical of their style, that’s appealing in its youth, though deserving another three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, February 2017

    • Puff Puff 91 points

      "Wispy back notes of raspberries join the more conventional pleasures of juicy, ripe cherries in the rich, somewhat succulent nose of this generously filled Pinot, and, if the wine shows the familiar fruity generosity and depth of its maker, it is ever so slightly more forward and a little less tactilely grippy than many of its mates. It is not that it is soft to a fault or in any way unbalanced, but it is a tad easier to taste in its youth and its angles and edges are neatly rounded off. We would still opt for a few years of waiting, but we would not complain if presented a glassful right now."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2017

    • Star

      "A wine with full body, supple texture, rich but subtle flavors, firm acidity, and a very long, mildly tannic finish, tasting of blueberry, cherry, red currant, pepper, rosehips, vanilla, and spicy oak."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

  • 2013

    • 92+ points

      "The 2013 Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch is from Goldridge soils, which are favored by many Chardonnay and Pinot winemakers in the Russian River. Typical of her wines, there is terrific color, extraction and a deep ruby/purple color. The wine is broad, flavorful, intense, promising and delicious. Sweet plum, cranberry and black cherry notes moving toward bluer fruits are present in this full-bodied Pinot Noir that shows good acidity and ripe tannin. This is another winner, but its most promising and brightest days are ahead of it. Forget it for several years and drink it over the following 15-20."

      Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

    More Acclaim
    • 95 points

      "Edwards has worked with this Laguna Ridge site for decades and her intimate understanding of it shows. Rose petals ride a voluptuous texture and concentrated notes of chocolate, caramel and black cherry; it’s as savory as it is buoyant and floral. Still holding on to a wealth of tannin and body, it will cellar well despite being delicious and enjoyable today."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

    • 91 points

      "Falling right in step with its impressive cellarmates in so far as its solidity, concentration, structure and varietal clarity are concerned, the latest Klopp Ranch Pinot vies for top honors among an outstanding bunch by dint of its layering, its keen composition and a sense of fruity purity that affords it a special beauty all its own. It is, like its companions, a wine that should be held rather than gulped down in a hurry, and, if we would by no means refuse a glass now if someone else is footing the bill, we are planning on cellaring our own bottles away for no fewer than another five years."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2016

    • 95 points

      "The 2013 is a beautiful expression of pinot noir from Klopp Ranch. Dark fruits, especially juicy black raspberry and blackberry, and spice are the show, with a nuanced, well-measured use of oak that comes together in an impressive wine that may well go down as one of Merry's finest from this vineyard."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 19, 2016

    • 94 points

      "Merry Edwards continues a string of exceptional 2013's with the Klopp Ranch bottling, bringing deep black cherry, Asian spice, cedar, leaf and damp earth aromas and flavors, all nicely integrated with judicious oak and finishing long and complex.  I can't wait to taste the next vintage."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, April 26, 2016

    • 93 points

      "Dark ruby color; black raspberry nose; smooth, lush and dense with black cherry and intensity; tangy, rich and savory; long, deep and balanced."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

    • StarStarStarStar+

      "The Klopp Ranch is very supple in texture, full bodied, and fairly rich in flavor; an excellent wine tasting of black cherry, plum, red licorice, rose petal, and spicy oak. Very long finish."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

    • 90 points / Very Highly Recommended

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, March 2016

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      "Toasty oak and brown sugar aromas, flavors of black raspberries, chocolate and spice, rich and full-bodied. Highly recommended."

      Fred Tasker, Tribune News Service, April 27, 2016

  • 2012

    • 93 points / Cellar Selection

      "Klopp is a mix of California and Burgundy clones, one of the producer’s finest offerings every year, made in an opulent, balanced style. Lush layers of strawberry and cherry are surrounded by truffle-like dirt. The wine is concentrated in tannin and subtle oak, while anise marks the measured finish. The wine will benefit from time in the cellar through 2020."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015

    More Acclaim
    • 90 points

      "A rustic, tannic style, with density and charm. Fans of minerally, gravel-laced Pinots will find this especially alluring, as the focus mixes the fruit and gravel elements proportionally."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 2015

    • 95 points

      "The 2012 Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir really sings.  The first whiff announces an exciting savory and earthy component that ultimately balances the ripe, but not jammy, California fruit component.  It’s more concentrated than her Russian River Valley bottling, but the increased power is not at the expense of elegance.  It has more of everything without being clumsy or heavy.   Indeed, its balance is extraordinary.  Silky tannins and a sour cherry-like acidity that amplifies the finish make it a joy to drink now, though I suspect that a few years of additional bottle age will reveal additional complexity."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Aug. 25, 2015

    • 94 points

      "Always a beautiful expression, this vintage of Klopp Ranch shows a delicacy and richness that is very attractive now and will reward further bottle aging.  Black cherry, dusty earth, lavender, flowers, and subtle fall spice notes delivered over bright acidity and a fairly firm grip linger long, with attractive leafy notes appearing in the finish. Merry Edwards knows Pinot Noir!"

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Feb. 17, 2015

    • 93 points

      "Merry's 2012 Klopp Ranch exhibits a delicate, nuanced side of Pinot. What is most striking about this lovely wine is its bouquet, with the allure of violets predominant. Notes of spice and raspberry and cherry fruit aromas signal the coming sensory experience. On the palate this vintage of Klopp is exquisitely balanced, a seamless beauty that finishes with a lingering note of blueberry and spice. Unlike many of Merry's Pinots that require additional cellaring to reach optimum maturity, the 2012 Klopp is drinking beautifully now, though I have no doubt it will continue to improve as it evolves over the next five to seven years."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 10, 2015

    • Puff Puff 91 Points

      "Showing a great deal of fruity substance and depth in the nose with intriguing touches of violets, sweet toast and hardwoods presaging further complexity to come and making good on promise with generously extracted flavors to follow, this year's Klopp Ranch bottling deftly manages to be as rich as it is well-composed and comes with a fine sense of real reserve upon which to build. It exhibits all of the concentration and substance we anticipate in Merry's wines, yet it is never in danger of being too much, and only four or five years of patience stand between it and real beauty."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2015

    • Best of the Best Five-Star Wines

      "Plump, suave, lush, thoroughly entrancing, black cherry and smoky oak flavors."

      Quarterly Review of Wines, "33rd Annual Best of the Best," August 2015

    • 92 points

      "This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards was well received by our mini tasting group. It opens with a mild boysenberry and black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is rich and fruit forward black raspberry with notes of oak and plum. I also detected hints of strawberry and cherry-cola. The finish is dry and its flavors fade away nicely. This Pinot is food friendly and would pair well with beef bourguignon."

      Ken's Wine Guide, June 1, 2015

    • This Week's Wine Picks

      "This pinot has great depth and complexity. It has quite a range, with notes of raspberry, currant and rose petal. Lingering finish. Rock star."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Feb. 4, 2015

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      "The 2012 Klopp Ranch is superb: fleshy, rich, and finely balanced; a wine that is very long on the palate, and complex in flavor (cassis, plum, blackberry, cherry, red licorice, spicy oak, vanilla, cedar), and very persistent in the finish."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

    • 93 points

      "Silky and deep with ripe black cherry and smooth texture; earthy, dense and rich; long, velvety and balanced."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," May 2015

  • 2011

    • 94 points

      "The vineyard is in the cool, southeastern part of the valley, a region whose Pinots always are dark, dry, tannic and age-worthy. In this cool vintage, this wine is all of the above. Its black sour-cherry-candy flavors have hints of conifer, white tobacco, clove and anise, complex notes that will evolve in interesting ways. The acidity is brisk and mouthwatering, and will help the wine age through 2023, at the least. Cellar Selection"

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2014

    More Acclaim
    • StarStarStarStar1/2 star

      "Gorgeous, concentrated berry flavors, with notes of black currant and cracked black pepper. Crisp acid. Bright and lively. A standout ."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 22, 2014

    • 95 points

      "Merry Edwards’ Klopp Ranch bottling of Pinot Noir is wonderfully different from her other single vineyard wines.  It’s denser still, with more concentrated black fruit flavors, yet still avoids being heavy because of lip-smacking acidity.  At this stage, there’s a smattering of savory notes that emerges with time in the glass.  As with all of Edward’ Pinot Noirs, the Klopp Ranch has a silky texture.  Similar to the Flax bottling, the Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir needs cellaring to allow it to bloom."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, May 2014

    • 94 points

      "Merry's Klopp Ranch Pinot is another in her string of successes from the troubled 2011 vintage. The surprise here is the exceptional concentration and weight she achieved with this wine from this vintage, which typically produced lighter Pinots than the recent norm. The Klopp exhibits complex red and black aromas and an inviting, earthy, forest floor back note that gives the wine additional complexity and intrigue. The tannins are supple and smooth, though with a hint of bite on the finish."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, May 2014

  • 2010

    • 95 points, Editors' Selection

      "This vineyard has been source to some of the winery’s greatest bottlings. The wine is enormously fruity, with raspberry, cherry and red-plum flavors that flood the palate. But it’s no mere fruit bomb, offering the most wonderful tannin-acid structure and a dryness that keeps the wine stimulating through a long, spicy finish. Drinkable now, but also cellar worthy through 2018, at least."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

    More Acclaim
    • 95 points

      "Similar to her superb Pinot Noir from Meredith Estate, this one from Klopp Ranch vineyard is tightly wound and less immediately expressive. Dark dense black fruit-like flavors underpinned by an earthy minerality emerge. A lovely subtle bitterness in the exceptionally long finish actually reinforces the fruit flavors. Edwards manages to capture the intensity of Pinot Noir without making a heavy wine. The wine grows in the glass and reminds us not to judge wines too quickly when we taste, but to drink them with a meal over hours to allow them to unravel. This is another wine best cellared for several years."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Sept. 10, 2013

    •      

      "(R)ich, supple, and beautifully balanced, an outstanding Pinot. It is full and long on the palate, with a very persistent finish, tasting of blueberry jam, plum, toast, spicy oak, clove, red licorice, and nutmeg. First rate."

      Restaurant Wine, December 2012

    • 90 points

      "Dense and concentrated, rich and intense; meaty and rich with earth and spice."

      Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, March 2013

    • 90 points / "Very highly recommended"

      "(A)ttractive, intense, black cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with notes of cola and toasty oak; medium-ful body; rich, tight, textured, cherry fruit flavors."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, April 2013

    • 92 points

      "This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with a boysenberry and blackberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, concentrated and savory. On the palate, the flavor profile is a ripe plum and blackberry jam blend with hints of black raspberry and mild oak. The finish is dry and its mild to moderate tannins fade away nicely. This Pinot is a big boy for the category. Cab drinkers will like this one."

      Ken's Wine Guide, August 2013

    • 92+ points

      "Broad, plush and rich, with dark berry flavors complicated by smoky soil tones, cocoa powder, spices, herbs and espresso. A bit youthfully aggressive and quite backward today, finishing with slightly dry-edged, dusty tannins. But this impressively deep, long pinot showed building sweetness as it opened in the glass and appears to have the stuffing for a graceful evolution in bottle."

      Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2013

  • 2009

    • 98 points

      "Amazing­ly rich, offering deep, complex layers of cherries, black raspberries, cola, anise biscotti, pomegranates, persim­mons, black tea, orange zest, mushrooms, you name it, but don’t forget the spices, everything from cloves and black pepper to cinnamon. Utterly delicious, with a silky, briskly clean mouthfeel. But the tannins are pro­nounced. They’re not so strong as to lock the wine down, but do suggest time in the cellar. Give it four years, and it could be wonderful after 10 or more."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, May 2012

    More Acclaim
    • No. 5 Wine for 2012

      Wine Enthusiast places 2009 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir at No. 5 in its Top 100 Wines for 2012.

      Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    • "Well worth the price"

      "Merry Edwards is one of California's greatest Pinot Noir talents. Her wines are fairly expensive, but this single-vineyard Pinot is well worth the price."

      Food and Wine, "Pinot Specialists," April 2012

    • 92 points

      "Bright, full ruby-red. Pungent spicy lift to the aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate, licorice and black pepper, complemented by a deeper underbrush quality. Rich, round and harmonious; one of the fullest and creamiest of this set of pinots but not at all overly sweet. With its fine dusting of tannins and emerging gamey complexity, this plump pinot is delicious already."

      Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2012

    • StarStarStarStar+

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

    • 92 points

      "Broad palate of dark fruit, accented by mineral notes, pleasingly spicy finish."

      Dick Rosano, weeklywinepicks.com, Feb 24, 2012

    • StarStarStarStar+

      "The Klopp bottling is nearly Cabernet-like in style. It is concentrated and full bodied, with intense cassis, blueberry, pepper, toast, and blackberry aromas/flavors." 

      Restaurant Wine, July 2012

    • 90 points

      "Tight, with crisp, flinty acidity and mineral and cedar notes, along with a berry ripeness that tiptoes into berry jam, maintaining a tart, spicy edge."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, Oct. 15, 2011

  • 2008

    • No. 36 in the Top 100

      Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2011

    More Acclaim
    • 96 points

      Wine Enthusiast magazine, August 2011

    • 'Excellent'

      "The Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir 2008, Russian River Valley, is a frankly gorgeous pinot though of strapping proportions; it plays upon the broad panoply of baking spices, potpourri, fresh and ripe black and blue fruit with undertones of rhubarb and cranberry and dried fruit, all set within a package that deftly, almost riskily, balances delicacy of outline with tannic and mineral foundations."

      Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head blog, Nov. 27, 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 28, 2011

    • 93 points

      "Merry Edwards makes terrific Pinot Noirs and this one was one of my favorites this year. It is full-bodied, very well balanced and quite smooth. Its flavor profile is a delicious black currant with notes of black-raspberry, black licorice, and a touch of oak towards the end. The finish is just as impressive as the taste with well managed tannins that are pleasantly prolonged."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Aug. 11, 2011

    • Puff Puff 92 points

      "This very deep and concentrated Pinot is so rich and juicy in scent as to suggest that it might be a wine to drink now, but it turns out to be more tight and nervy than billed, and it is one that demands some time to unfold. While it suffers from no shortage in real fruity substance and offers up a tantalizing glimpse of early complexity, it is serious, ageworthy wine that will not begin to show its stuff without three to five years in the cellar."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2011

    • "Supple pinot noir with complex flavors. Notes of blackberry, plum, toast, cola. Lush texture. Nice length."

      Peg Melnik's "Wine List," Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 10, 2011

  • 2007

    • Puff Puff Puff 97 points

      "It is not that this wine is bigger or bolder than its stablemates. It just seems that way because its generous aromas seemingly jump out of the glass, and the layered quality of those aromas reinforces the notion that this is top-notch Pinot. Its full and supple impressions at entry are followed by ripe, deep and deliciously fruity flavors of sweet red cherries, toasted bread, rich, creamy oak and hints of dried raspberries. Its initial hints of velvet might suggest early drinking, but this is a Pinot with lots and lots of potential for growth."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2010

    More Acclaim
    • "Exquisitely balanced"

      "Klopp is notable for its suave yet robust personality, its ability to conjure up a day in the country, picking blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries and the like. And then there’s the voluptuous scent of rose petals that dart in and out – so redolent of Edwards, who finds relaxation and solace in tending to her own extensive rose garden at home between the winemaking and viticultural duties of her life’s work. In the winery, she’s just as hands-on, blending blocks until she exquisitely balances acidity, ripeness and tannic structure, as in her 2007 Klopp."

      Virginie Boone, "Uncorked," April 6, 2011

    • 92 Points "Make Room in the Cellar"

      "Medium-deep ruby color; very deep, spicy aromas with dark cherry and pepper notes; deep, rich, dark cherry flavors with earthy, pepper notes; moderate tannin and oak; good structure and balance. Deep, big Pinot that needs time to open up."

      PinotReport, Oct. 1, 2010

    • 92 points

      "This is the best Klopp Ranch that I have covered. It is bright ruby colored and opens with a fragrant and attractive black cherry bouquet with a hint of strawberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very well balanced, and extremely elegant."

      "Pinots on Parade 2010," KensWineGuide.com, July 21, 2010

    • 94 points

      Wine Enthusiast, March 2010

    • A+

      "Outstanding in this incarnation."

      Drinkhacker.com, Wine Spectator Grand Tour Las Vegas 2010

    • 91 points

      "Smooth and harmonious, with supple plum, black cherry, anise and sage notes that are complex, full-bodied and tilting toward subtlety and finesse."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator Insider, March 10, 2010

    • 91 points

      "Attractive, forward, intense, plummy, toasty, black raspberry and blackberry fruit aroma with cedary notes and hints of cola, mocha and rhubarb ... rich, plush, toasty black cherry fruit flavors ... Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, Feb.-March 2010

    • 9.5 / 10 points

      "Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cranberry, mixed with some plummy qualities and a note of wet wood aroma. In the mouth it has a light cocoa powder shell and a core of dark raspberry that dips even deeper over time into earthier zones. Nicely balanced and finely grained, it lasts through a long finish."

      Alder Yarrow, vinography.com, March 24, 2009

  • 2006

    • 96 Points

      "No. 28 of the top 100 wines of 2009"

      Wine Enthusiast, December 2009

    More Acclaim
    • "(A) distinctive aroma: bigger, earthier, with notes of leather and hay. More oak or wood here, with touches of mushroom, earth and berry. Smooth throughout; long finish."

      Bill Daley, The Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2009

    • 90 Points

      Community Tasting

      Cellartracker.com, Nov. 11, 2008

  • 2005

    • "Full-bodied ... well-integrated"

      "The grapes are farmed by noted winegrower Ted Klopp in a cool area featuring Goldridge sandy soils. Darkly colored. Welcoming nose of oak-kissed black cherries, earth, tea and cola. Full-bodied and deep dark stone fruits and blueberries are well-integrated with subtle oak and gentle tannins, finishing with some orange peel citric tang."

      The Pinot File, Jan. 1, 2009

  • 2004

    • 92 points

      "…rich black cherry and blackberry fruit and hints of anise and cedar.
      Finishes with a long, intricate aftertaste."

      James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 31, 2007

    More Acclaim
    • Puff Puff 91 points

      "We have become accustomed to Klopp Ranch offerings as the ripest and fattest wines in the winery's portfolio. … It is well-fruited and never austere with a long, black-cherry finish."

      Connoisseurs' Guide, June 2007

    • 92.1 Points

      Community Tasting

      Cellartracker.com, Jan. 23, 2008

    • 91 points

      "This full-bodied wine practically explodes with intense black fruit flavors and spice."

      Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, May 15, 2007

    • 90 points

      "(A)ttractive, forward, intense, spicy, smoky … ripe black cherry fruit flavors with a layer of creamy oak. Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, April-May 2007

    • 92 points

      "Edwards is one of California’s finest interpreters of the fickle Pinot Noir grape and this violet-scented bottling shows why."

      Food & Wine, April 2007

  • 2003

    • Pinot Noir of the Year

      "(G)reat fruit expression and complexity … the wine just gets better and better."

      Steve Pitcher, Wine News, December/January 2006-07

    More Acclaim
    • Robb Recommends

      "Exhibits the dark color and rich texture of a cabernet, yet its lively acids and wonderful rose-petal aromas remind one that this is pinot at its purest."

      Robb Report, Nov. 30, 2010

    • 91.2 Points

      Community Tasting

      Cellartracker.com, Nov. 17, 2008

    • Pinot Noir #21

      The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2006

    • 95 points, Spectator Selection

      "The best Pinot I’ve had from this esteemed producer. … Impeccable balance, lively acidity and tremendous fruit complexity."

      James Laube, The Wine Spectator Online, March 22, 2006

    • 93 points

      Wine Enthusiast, July 2006

    • 93 points

      "Despite its size, it maintains a complex elegance."

      Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2006

    • 92 points

      Pinot Report, Issue #38

    • 90 points

      "Smooth and velvety."

      Steve Pitcher, The Wine News, April/May 2006

    • StarStarStarStar+

      "A supple, full-bodied, elegantly styled wine, which has refined, complex flavors."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #111

  • 2002

    • 90 points

      "Firm, intense and concentrated, with an engaging wild streak running through the zesty blackberry and wild berry fruit flavors."

      James Laube, The Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2004

    More Acclaim
    • 94 points 

      "Bold, silky and full of deep complex flavors."

      PinotReport, Issue #28

    • Puff  90 Points

      "It is a deep, outgoing, very well-muscled wine … about as rich as they come."

      Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, February 2005

    • "Excellent … supple and medium-rich … full-bodied, long on the palate."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #104

    • Top 100 Wines of 2004

      "Big, dark and powerful"

      San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 5, 2004

    • "Edwards has become the grande dame of Pinot for wines like this supple, spicy, berry-toned example."

      Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine Wine Guide, Jan. 12, 2006

    • "Exceptional"

      Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, Feb. 17, 2005

    • "Sweet, succulent and serious."

      Thom Elkjer, WineCountry.com, January/February 2005

    • California’s Best Wines of the Year

      "Silky-smooth texture, supple, fine-grained tannins and fine acid balance complete the elegant package."

      The Wine News, December 2004/January 2005

    • "Rich color, deep concentration of flavor. This is a seriously rich and intense wine … an outstanding example of what Pinot Noir can be in California."

      Narsai David, KCBS radio, Nov. 17, 2004

    • "Highly recommended"

      The California Grapevine, December 2004-January 2005

  • 2001

    • 93 points

      Rated among the top 13 of the Year's Best Pinot Noirs: "The Klopp Vineyard grew a luxurious pinot in 2001."

      Wine & Spirits, February 2005

    More Acclaim
    • 91 points

      "It is defined as much by juicy fruit as it is by its riper traits. Fixed on keenly focused cherries and adorned with lots of complementary oak, it builds on the palate."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2004

    • Star

      "Exceptional ... succulent and rich, an exceptional wine, with fine balance and length. It is full bodied, concentrated in flavor (raspberry, plum, cherry, with notes of tobacco, cedar and smoky oak), with a long, persistent finish."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, Issue #99

    • "This year, wines from both the '01 and '02 vintages scored well with us. Top among them was the '01 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir. It's pinot in luxury mode, rich and smooth ... a virtual snapshot of the lush but balanced nature of Edwards' wines."

      Ray Isle, managing editor, Wine & Spirits Annual Buying Guide

    • "Glorious wines from a variety of Sonoma vineyards. I particularly enjoyed ... the 2001 Klopp Ranch."

      The Seattle Times, Paul Gregutt, March 24, 2004

    • "Immediately my favorite from the first sniff. Lush richness with intensity & structure. This wine will age very much like a French Burgundy. Very impressive."

      Food & Wine Editor Narsai David, KCBS Radio, Jan. 13, 2004

  • 2000

    • 91 points

      "Deftly balanced, ripe and richly flavored… . Intense and concentrated, with firm, integrated tannins."

      James Laube, The Wine Spectator, April 10, 2003

    More Acclaim
    • From the Robb Cellar

      "Worthy of a place in your private collection. ... This is the Pinot Noir to satisfy devotees of Cabernet who contend that the former grape packs too little punch. An outstanding single-vineyard Pinot Noir ... full-bodied, richly textured and mouthwateringly luscious."

      The Robb Report, May 2003

    • Puff Puff 91 points

      "Last year's Klopp Ranch offering was the biggest and fullest of the Merry Edwards' quartet, and nothing changes in 2000. Yet again a wine of  concentration, ripeness and ample mass."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, May 2003

    • 92 points

      The Wine Enthusiast, February 2003

    • Very highly recommended

      California Grapevine, December 2002-January 2003

    • No. 5

      The PinotReport, Special Awards Issue 2002

    • StarStarStarStar

      Restaurant Wine, Issue #92

    • 94 points

      "This is a complex, deep and delicious Pinot with lots to offer. Despite its depth, the wine’s balance will tempt you to drink it all now, but be patient."

      PinotReport, October 2002

  • 1999

    • Best Pinot Noir Over $20

      "(L)ushly textured, fruit-packed wine with a room-filling bouquet."

      Food & Wine Magazine, American Wine Awards, October 2002

    More Acclaim
    • "A gorgeous wine with ultra-pure black cherry fruit, near-perfect symmetry, and a very long finish."

      The Washington Post, Aug. 28, 2002

    • 92 points

      "Intense, deep fruit and oak — this is a Pinot with stuffing and style."

      PinotReport, June 2002

    • Puff Puff 91 points

      "The biggest, ripest, and most downright opulent of the bunch."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, March 2002

    • 90+

      Wine & Spirits, February 2002

    • Star

      "These four Pinot Noirs are, bottle for bottle and from the same winery, among the finest we have tasted from the USA in the 1999 vintage."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine Issue #86, on all of Merry Edwards' 1999 Pinot Noirs

    • 93 points

      "Sweet and plush with lovely black cherry, blueberry and spice."

      Anthony Dias Blue, San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 26, 2001

    • 92 points

      "Very Highly Recommended"

      California Grapevine, December 2001-January 2002

    • "(A) smooth and detailed wine, with ripe, pure fruit flavors of cherry, plum and blueberry."

      Jim Laube's Hot Wine Pick, The Wine Spectator On Line, Aug. 31, 2001

    • 96 points

      "The 1999 Klopp Ranch will be another in a long line of award winning wines created by Merry Edwards."

      Global Vintage Quarterly magazine, in a pre-release evaluation

    • "Exceptional"

      Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, Nov. 1, 2001