Critical Acclaim

Windsor Gardens

A developer removed the old vines after the 2003 harvest to make way for new homes. I was privileged to make Windsor Gardens Pinot Noirs for five vintages, beginning in 1999. I consider these bottlings to be among the most penetrating, intense and collectible wines I have produced.

Windsor Gardens

Critical Acclaim

  • 2003

    • 95 points

      "a perennial CGCW favorite"*

      *received three puffs for four out of five vintages

      Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, October 2005

    More Acclaim
    • 95 points

      "A great Pinot for the cellar."

      Greg Walter, PinotReport, Issue #33

    • 90 points

      Mary Ewing-Mulligan, Robert Whitley’s Wine Reviews On Line, September 29, 2005

    • 90 points

      "Very highly recommended"

      -California Grapevine, August-September 2005

  • 2002

    • 94 points

      One of the top 12 Pinot Noirs of 2004

      The 2005 Pinot Passion Awards, PinotReport February 2005

    More Acclaim
    • 91.8 Points

      Community Tasting

      Cellartracker.com, August 22, 2008

    • 94 points

      "...great intensity and depth of flavor."

      PinotReport, Issue #24

    • 93 points

      "Wow; the intensity of fruit flavor is matched by vibrant acidity and a firm tannic texture in this super-focused and concentrated wine."

      Jim Gordon, Wine Country Living, June 2004

    • 92 points

      "...This one isn’t heavy, it’s just complete. Flashy stuff."

      Wine & Spirits, October 2004

    • 92 points 

      "Very highly recommended"

      California Grapevine, August/September 2004

    • Puff Puff 92 points

      "Ms Edwards’ Windsor Gardens bottlings have been perennial CGCW favorites, and so again the vineyard walks away with very high scores. Deep, dense and brimming with wonderfully well-defined Pinot fruit, it sports the luxuriant texture that comes only with first-rate workings of the grape."

      Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2004

    • 91 points

      "Focused aromas of cherry, peppermint, cedar and mocha. Vibrant acidity frames tooth-coating flavors..."

      The Wine News, August/September 2004

    • 91 points 

      "Very complete from start to finish with a concentrated core of ripe, firm black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, herb and olive notes, holding its focus and showing a firm structure, with a finish that takes you back to the firm, vibrant flavors it starts with."

      James Laube, The Wine Spectator, August 31, 2004

  • 2001

    • Puff Puff Puff 95 points

      "Always among the deepest of the Edwards Pinots, and often the leader of the vintage, the Windsor Gardens bottling scoops the competition again for its fully fruited, well-stuffed, optimally ripened aromas of cherries tinged with dried violets and crème brulée oak. It is velvety and balanced on the palate with inviting, still nascent flavors leading to a long, slightly youthfully tight finish and a touch of alcoholic heat. Yet, time in the bottle is all that is needed to see this exceptional wine grow and get even better yet"

      Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004

    • 94 points

      "This is a big, complex Pinot that has a lot of time ahead of it."

      Greg Walter, publisher, PinotReport, October 2003

    • 92 points

      "An impressive wine..............."

      Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, April 2004

    • Wine & Spirits magazine rated Merry Edwards 2001 Windsor Gardens Pinot Noir "among the year's best"

      Wine & Spirits Magazine

    • 91 points

      Wine & Spirits, January/February 2004

    • 90 points

      "Jammy aromas of black plum, black currant, grilled meat and rose water. Plush close highlighted by ripe cherry and dried flowers."

      The Wine News, February/March 2004

    • StarStarStarStarStar

      Decanter Magazine rates Merry Edwards Windsor Gardens 2001 Pinot Noir in the "Top Ten of 2003"
      "This Pinot exhibits lovely cherry, rose petal and violet fragrances and its flavours are amazingly layered. On the palate it is pure Pinot in its velvety texture and luscious finish. Balanced and refined."

      Norm Roby , Decanter, December 2003

    • StarStarStarStarStar

      "Superb; a stunning Pinot Noir, which is intensely flavored, luscious and long on the palate, tasting of cherry, plum, red currant, blueberry, toast and tobacco. Very long persistence."

      Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, in a featured SPOTLIGHT of three 2001 Merry Edwards wines in Restaurant Wine, Issue #97

    • Top 100 Wines of 2004

      "This hedonistic, silky-textured wine is aromatic and rich..."

      San Francisco Chronicle, December 5, 2004

    • "WOW"

      "Deep red color. Splendid concentration of ripe cherry rose aromas follows right onto the palate. This wine simply defines Pinot Noir. Balanced elegance with enough of a backbone to age beautifully for a few years. WOW!"

      Narsai David praising Merry Edwards Pinot Noir on the Bay Area’s KCBS Radio 81 AM on October 1, 2003

  • 2000

    • Puffs Puff Puff 95 points

      "Right in step with its outstanding precursor from 1999...Moderately full-bodied and impeccably balanced with the fine feel of varietal velvet on the palate, it is every bit as lively as it is rich..."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, May 2003

    More Acclaim
    • 94 points

      "“Wow! This Pinot shows incredible complexity and depth — everything you’d want in a Pinot is here."

      PinotReport, October 2002

    • 92 points

      "High scores from The Wine Enthusiast!"

      California Grapevine, December 2002-January 2003

    • "Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, December 2002-January 2003

    • Merry Edwards Windsor Gardens Pinot Noir was number nine.

      The PinotReport Special Awards Issue 2002

    • StarStarStarStar

      Restaurant Wine, Issue #92

  • 1999

    • Puffs Puff Puff 95 points

      "This stunning Pinot is simply brimming with ripe black cherries, and, if its accent is clearly on ripeness, it never lets go of its very deep and keenly centered fruit."

      November 2001 issue of Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

    More Acclaim
    • 91 points

      "Deeply concentrated with great fruit and structure."

      PinotReport, June 2002

    • 90+

      Wine & Spirits Magazine rated all four of the 1999 Merry Edwards Pinot Noirs with scores of 90 or above.

      Wine & Spirits, February 2002

    • StarStarStarStarStar

      "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

    • First Place (92 of 100 points)

      "Very highly recommended"

      California Grapevine, October-November 2001

Vintages