Merry Edwards Wines

2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

This wine possesses a beauty and captivating appeal that persuades wine lovers to seek out Pinot Noir from our extraordinary appellation. My 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir embodies these irresistible qualities and classic, regional characteristics — luscious fruit, deep rich flavors and velvety weight.

Beginning with cold soaking of whole clusters and berries, I vinified and then blended the individual lots of wine. Ten months aging in sixty-eight percent new French oak barrels framed and highlighted the wine’s abundant personality and dimension. A kaleidoscope of aromas cascades into mouthwatering flavors of white pepper, lavender, raspberry purée, black currant, plums and a slight pipe tobacco note. The wine’s texture is a lavish, satisfying mouthful, extending to a memorable finish.

Ken and I enjoy our organic, grass fed beef with this wine’s full, spicy fruit. Try pairing my Russian River Pinot with pan-seared duck breast sauced with a blackberry reduction, homemade chicken-apple sausage or a simple, rich cheese plate. You too will be seduced by the allure of the Russian River Valley.

Critical Acclaim

Wines of the Year
Pinot Noir: Merry Edwards Russian River Valley
Tom Simoneau, KSRO Radio, December 2007

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Winemaker Notes

2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir