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2014 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2014 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

This current vintage of Klopp Ranch exemplifies the best Pinot Noir that the Laguna Ridge area of Russian River Valley produces. The soils are deep and extremely sandy, with excellent drainage. This allows us to control vigor and focus the vines’ attention on the production of generous phenolic compounds leading to good color and rich texture and tannins. With the oldest blocks planted in 1989, the vineyard conveys the intensity that only maturity can provide.
 
The wine is immediately mouthwatering with its dark fruit aroma laced with Mariposa plum, sweet raspberries, blueberry preserves, brambleberries and Bing cherry. Enticing and appealing notes of smoked Spanish paprika, chili and crushed cardamom seeds add depth. Scents of violets and vanilla are balanced with charcuterie, cola and cremini mushrooms.
 
In the mouth, this classic Klopp Pinot is bright, juicy and a bit saucy. It shows good acidity, which amplifies its approachable tannins leading to a cocoa-laced, cream soda finish. Each sip leads to the further discovery of this wine’s tremendous breadth.

Critical Acclaim

93 points

"Merry Edwards' Klopp Ranch bottling highlights bright red fruit flavors with less emphasis on the savory component. A succulent wine, it is balanced and pure with an alluring suppleness. It strikes a gorgeous mid ground in terms of intensity. I'm not sure that anyone, even Edwards herself, can explain precisely what it is about the vineyards that results in the different expressions of her wines. But it's clear that the wines differ one from the other. It's not a marketing technique. Another unique and riveting Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards!" Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017

91 points / First Place

"Medium to medium-dark ruby; intense, deep, earthy, plum, black raspberry, and pomegranate aroma with spicy notes and hints of mocha and dried herbs; medium-full body; deep, rich, extracted, savory, red and dark berry fruit flavors with a full, rich, textured mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. A relatively big wine, typical of their style, that's appealing in its youth, though deserving another three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended." Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, February 2017

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