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2014 Georganne Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2014 Georganne Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

Georganne is growing up! With this vintage, we get a glimpse of the potential of this lovely vineyard. Planted in 2006, her wines to date have been flamboyant, juicy and appealing. Now her mature personality is beginning to emerge. She displays a brooding complexity and is not willing to reveal all of her layers at once, but teases the palate as they unfold with time and aeration. Even in the warm northern climate along Westside Road, her retained acidity creates an unusually fine balance. Clone UCD 37 is a great match for the gravelly soils underlying this hillside property that overlooks the Russian River.
 
Our first impression is an aroma brimming with dark fruit, including black raspberry, boysenberry, elderberry, currant and wild fraise du bois. Next a floral perfume develops, unveiling lilac, violets, hibiscus, dianthus and fragrant blood-red roses. Brown sugar, salumi, ginger, white pepper, sweet paprika and crushed cinnamon add a savory, complex dimension to this intricate Pinot Noir.
 
Generous, polished French oak plumps up the body and creates a mouth-filling wine that is at first soft and silky. Tannins continue to build throughout the palate, contouring a firm, lasting finish with good acidity supporting this richness.

Critical Acclaim

94 points

"Planted in 2006, this vineyard is one of the newer sites for the “Queen of Pinot,” who coaxes a strong-willed, high-strung complement of charcuterie and wild lavender from its vines. Bright red currant and raspberry are met by floral, herbal competition, which vies for attention on the palate, girded by strong tannins and mellow oak." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2017

93 points

"Merry Edwards' Georganne bottling has more apparent tannic structure compared to her others from 2014. It's more brooding at this stage without the same velvety glossiness. That said, there is an appealing earthy, savory aspect that grows on you as the wine sits in the glass. On day two of tasting, it's still the most structured wine in this lineup, but not in an offensive way. It just needs a few extra years of cellaring. This is an excellent young Pinot Noir. Cellar it while you enjoy some of Merry Edwards' other bottlings." Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

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