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2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Wines

2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

Our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a cohesive assemblage of seven different vineyards and sixteen meticulously crafted wines. Farming is tailored specifically to each vineyard block, to allow the fullest expression of its singular terroir. Once harvested, the specific choices we make in winemaking technique further enhance each site's unique personality. The final composition of the blend embodies the best qualities of our appellation, resulting in a virtual rainbow of aromas and flavors.

From the outset, this Pinot captivates with its jewel-like quality. The aroma has many facets -- dark cherry, rich plum and chocolate. As you swirl it in your glass, the complexity unfolds and expands, manifesting accents of licorice, vanilla bean and spicy oak. An enticing, succulent entry on the palate opens with masses of ripe fruit and a hint of earthiness, while firm, tarry tannins fill the extended finish. This wine will surprise you with its age-worthiness!

Critical Acclaim

No. 1 Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards was named No. 1 Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual Restaurant Poll. Wine & Spirits magazine, April 2011

90 points

"Tight, firm and vibrant, full-bodied, with a mix of fresh earth, mineral and dusty berry fruit that gets a nice lift on the finish, where this is the most complex and tempting." James Laube, Wine Spectator, 2010

92 points

"Marked by fresh, sleek acidity and firm, dusty tannins, this is a Pinot to stash in the cellar for a while. ... (L)et the black cherries, red currants and cola mesh with the oak and transform with the magic of bottle age." Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2009

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