2015 Georganne Pinot Noir
Georganne is our most northern and warmest vineyard site in the Russian River Valley. It’s tucked in among many famous wine-growing neighbors along Westside Road, overlooking the river with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. This benchland has quite gravelly sandy loam creating a unique terroir. The personality of the wine is shaped by a composite of factors, including the place, soil, climate and my own UCD 37 clone of Pinot Noir.
The rich, saucy wine is juicy and mouthwatering, showing off a dynamic aroma packed with a mélange of fruit -- red raspberries, blueberries, dark plum, cherry cola, blackberries, huckleberries and boysenberry pie. The complexity is heightened by spicy hints of cinnamon toast, nutmeg, vanilla, white pepper and espresso. Fresh rose hips, violets and cassis add even more layers.
In the mouth, this Pinot is fruit forward and approachable, revealing solid, mellow tannins that expand and broaden the palate, culminating in a long finish. This wine has the generous fruit, lively acidity and tannin profile to develop and age beautifully.
"While Merry's Georganne Vineyard Pinot Noir lacks the edginess of some of her other vineyard-designate Pinot, it makes up for it with finesse. This is the smoothest of Merry's many Pinot Noirs. It shows luscious ripe cherry fruit with supple tannins that make for a creamy texture that is unique for a young Merry Edwards Pinot. Stunning now, stunning later, so drink up whenever the urge for a luxurious Pinot strikes." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018