2015 Coopersmith Pinot Noir
Coopersmith vineyard exemplifies the characteristics created by the classic Gold Ridge soil that Russian River Valley is so famous for. The early miners in California would be astounded to find that there’s another type of gold in “them thar hills”! The deep sandy soil has fine drainage qualities, allowing us to control vine hydration. This important quality helps form the rich color and tannins in grapes grown in our appellation.
The wine’s aroma displays the enduring savory profile of this vineyard right up front -- dark chocolate, cocoa powder, milk chocolate and mocha. Rainbow peppercorns, caramel, licorice and sarsaparilla add intriguing elements. Rich, fresh blueberry fruit, syrup and jam are dominant, augmented by ripe Bing cherry, fig, blackberry and boysenberry.
The palate shows a berry-filled, supple and sleek entry with spice, toasty oak and coffee. Approachable tannins elevate the midpalate, while the finish is elongated and highlighted with fig, vanilla and brown spices. This generous Pinot has a history of aging beautifully, so cellaring is highly recommended.
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Coopersmith is medium to deep ruby-purple colored and scented of wild blueberries, black raspberries and forest floor with touches of rose hips, oolong tea and fungi. The palate is medium to full-bodied with taut, muscular fruit and a firm, grainy frame, finishing long and earthy." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018
"Merry's Coopersmith shows a floral nose that is seductive and inviting, leading to a richly layered, firmly textured palate that suggests this vintage will be best held in the cellar for another two to three years. Powerful and complex, showing dark fruits and ample wood spice, the Coopersmith is drinkable now but will be so much more enjoyable after a little bit of time. I suggest decanting this wine if you serve it within the next year. The aeration will not only soften the palate, but bring up remarkably complex aromas that are somewhat muted at this stage." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018
"Rose, hibiscus and pistachio mark the aromatic profile of this hearty, well-made wine, dipping into juicy, succulent and bright layers of blueberry and black cherry. A round rich tannin structure provides a welcome fleshiness, with a backbone of acidity." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018