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2010 Georganne Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2010 Georganne Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

We are enamored with our newest vineyard, Georganne – rich wines from such a young vineyard! In the early days of my career, the first real crop, for both quantity and quality, took about seven years to come to fruition. In this case, seven asymmetrically shaped irrigation blocks were designed to accommodate multiple soil types. Vines were planted at varied spacing within the row depending upon soil vigor. Rows were oriented 20 degrees off magnetic north, to ensure clusters would always bask in shaded comfort, even during the hottest midday heat. All this preparation and planning has paid off handsomely with the delicious wines this vineyard has yielded from the very first vintage in 2009.
 
This 2010 Georganne is dark in color – a result of a tiny crop of less than one ton per acre. The aroma opens with dark chocolate, mocha and savory oak layered over a base of black cherry fruit and cassis. A heady perfume of blue violets, blackberry blossoms and tiny fraise du bois adds intrigue. It is succulent on the palate with round, sweet tannins and a bit of tarry fruit, reflecting its clone 37 heritage. Incredibly dense and concentrated, this bold wine will unfold over many years to come, revealing even more layers of complexity.

Critical Acclaim

93 points

"Shows a certain aggressiveness, offering up vibrant raspberry and cherry fruit, cola, mocha and oak flavors, but kept aloof by its acidity and tannins. It's certainly elegant and pedigreed, but it needs 3-4 years in the cellar." Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2013

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