2007 Meredith Estate Pinot Noir
This newest vintage of Meredith is the finest yet produced. The wine clearly reflects all of the care lavished on this estate property year in and year out. One important focus for us has been to improve overall vine uniformity. We have done this primarily by the judicious use of natural mushroom compost – applied selectively to weak plants. This attention has resulted in consistent maturity at harvest, leading to enhanced quality. Our reward is a statuesque Pinot – powerful yet endowed with a refined grace.
On first impression, this wine reveals an intensely fragrant aroma, rich with fraise du bois, blueberry, rose petals and dried violets. Swirl the glass and you will find mouthwatering layers of licorice, cola and sassafras that continue to unfold, adding even more to its complexity. Crushed fruit teases and broadens the palate with its sun-dried sweetness. The tannins are firm, while the finish is finely tuned, smooth and creamy with a hint of jasmine tea. Meredith Estate is classically designed for long-term aging; the serious collector will be amply rewarded for his patience.
97 points; No. 24 in Top 100 Wines
"A splendid, near-perfect Pinot, although it’s very young and will benefit from time in the bottle. Few Pinots offer richer, more massive flavors. Just explodes on the palate with raspberries, cherries, persimmons, Dr. Pepper cola, mocha and cinnamon spices, yet the tannin-acid structure keeps it all balanced. A joy to drink as it warms and changes in the glass." Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2010
"Deep, rich and perfumed, high in keenly focused varietal fruit boasting of cherries, succulent strawberries and cola, layered with creamy, slightly toasty oak yet light on its feet and full of energy, this wine is simply loaded with compelling components from first sniff to lasting aftertaste." Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2010