This rare Pinot celebrates Merry's 40th anniversary as a winemaker. She makes this Cuvée only once a decade, so by design, the wine is powerful and destined to age.
"A special bottling commemorating Edwards' 40 years as a winemaker, this wine is made from a clonal selection created by her in 1975. The fruit is from both the Coopersmith and Georganne vineyards, made in a tiny amount. Built to age, it wraps earthy dried herbs around cherry, strawberry and boysenberry, with a juicy core of acidity. A forested hint of spearmint dances at its edge, as strong suggestions of bacon and pepper build on the finish. Drink now through 2028."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016
"The 2013 Pinot Noir 40, made to celebrate Merry Edwards' four decades making wine, is rich, luscious and nicely balanced, with plenty of dark, creamy fruit and terrific balance. Sweet black cherry, plum, cola, mocha and dark spices are fused together in this deep, textured Pinot Noir."
Antonio Galloni, Vinousmedia.com, February 2016
"This limited release is made entirely from Pinot Noir clone UCD 37, a selection created by Merry Edwards back in 1975, and it celebrates her fortieth year as a vintner. It is potent and powerful stuff to be sure but is at the same time extraordinarily deep and rich with an absolute wealth of well-defined, black cherry fruit and the solid, slightly sturdy build of a wine meant for aging. It is a Pinot that demands patience, and, while it earns enthusiastic endorsement now, it may not reach its full stride in advance of Merry’s "golden" anniversary."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, June 2016