2013 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir
The soil at this Westside Road location is substantially different than that found at our other more sandy Russian River Valley sites. There are so many rocks that each season, more are piled up down the vine rows to keep them out of the way of tractor work. This rocky soil gives a unique firm profile to the wine’s texture, development and longevity. In addition, the classic Pommard clone planted here is uniquely well-suited to this warmer, northern Middle Reach area of our appellation.
Deep in color, this Pinot shows off its signature aroma composed of cherry, dark berry, cassis, plum, blueberry preserve and cola. This initial expression is generously layered with milk chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Star anise, coffee, savory morel mushroom and a bit of fresh earth build even more complexity.
On the palate, the entry is soft and lush, with mouthwatering acidity and tart red cherry on the long finish. The tannins are firm and almost chewy -- classic Flax, through and through. As always, this wine will blossom with long-term aging and so is a worthwhile addition to the cellar of the patient collector.
"The 2013 Flax Vineyard pinot is quintessential Merry Edwards: Big, bold, meaty and delicious. Merry has a knack for making rich pinot without losing the essential elegance that makes it so charming and seductive. The Flax from this excellent vintage offers notes of earthy forest floor, notes of black and red fruits and spice, coupled with abundant tannins that will prolong the life of this wine for up to ten years or more." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, May 10, 2016
"This is a Westside Road site known for its rocky soils, and the wine presents sassafras, cherry-berry and roses on the entry before laying down a tightly woven mix of sour, salty cranberry and blood orange. It is softly voluptuous and velvety, though young, with a biting chewiness that should mellow in the cellar. Drink now through 2028." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016
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