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2016 Georganne Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2016 Georganne Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

Our lovely estate vineyard has an easterly view of the Russian River from its rolling hillside along Westside Road. Nestled among a growing cadre of famous neighbors, its own reputation is for consistent, fruit-forward Pinot Noirs of UCD 37 heritage. This area is the warm northern edge of the appellation, giving us an early start to the vintage each year.
 
This ruby-colored beauty has an exuberant fragrance of fresh raspberry, elderberry and blueberry, along with a hint of violet. As the wine opens, more dark fruits unfold in a rich progression along with bramble berry pie touched with allspice, cinnamon and cardamom. Subtle vanilla and lightly toasted oak frame the fruit, adding opulence, along with savory notes of mushroom and fresh earth.
 
On the palate, this Georganne is sleek with smooth, fine-grained tannins. As this vineyard enters her second decade, she’s showing a refined elegance and a bit of smoky mystery on the finish. All of this bodes well for a long life for those who can wait!

Critical Acclaim

94 points

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Georganne Vineyard is medium to deep ruby-purple with a youthfully shy nose of black cherry, black plum, blueberry pie, earth and toasted coconut. Medium-bodied, it has lots of concentrated spiced fruits with very fine, grainy tannins and good freshness. Give this a couple more years in bottle." Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, April 30, 2019
 
90 points

"Tight and concentrated, this muscles past some chewy tannins and brings them along, as the core of zesty raspberry and blackberry flavors is compelling." James Laube, Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2018
 
94 points

"The deeply colored Georganne Pinot Noir makes a powerful statement, showing impressive depth with complex dark-fruit aroma, an earthy, savory side and a touch of wood spice. The richness and depth are typical of a Merry Edwards Pinot, and so is the elegance and balance. It’s a neat trick and Merry Edwards has mastered it." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Aug. 21, 2018

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