Merry Edwards Wines

2011 Coopersmith Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

Nestled in the Laguna Ridge at the very heart of Russian River Valley, this property lives up to the legacy of the fruit that grew here for many years -- Haven’s Best Organic Apples. I find that wherever old apple orchards thrived, one can produce grapes of the highest quality and thus support the land with a sustainable crop. The deep, sandy Goldridge soils that once produced tasty Gravenstein and Golden Delicious apples now produce luscious Pinot Noir.

This wine lives up to its name, Coopersmith, reflecting the gregarious and generous nature of my husband, Ken! It’s a rich, forward wine packed with blueberry, cassis, cherry and huckleberry fruit. Highlights of licorice, black tea, cocoa, cinnamon, white pepper and a hint of orange oil round out its aromatic complexity. Solid, ripe grape tannins and toasty vanilla oak sourced from François Frères give the broad palate a lush feel so typical of this vineyard. This Pinot will live happily in your cellar, improving for many years to come.

Caroline Chang submitted Cherry Braised Lamb Shanks with Cowboy Polenta as her entry to our Win a Magnum contest. Just add a side of steamed, garden-fresh broccoli and you’re in for a delectable meal. Find this winner on our recipe page at

Critical Acclaim

96 points
"What’s so wonderful about this Pinot is the way it reconciles all sorts of opposites. It’s dry but sweet in fruit, and delicate yet potent at the same time. It’s totally accessible now, but enormously complex. Flavors of raspberries and cherries meld with pomegranates and persimmons, as well as mushrooms, tea and licorice. It’s a joy to drink now, and should develop in the cellar for at least 10 years."
Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

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Creamy Blue Stuffed Chicken Breast with Caramelized Red Peppers
Linda Oertel, one of our longtime tasting room hosts, won a signed magnum of Coopersmith Pinot Noir for this original recipe.

Lori's Cassoulet
Veteran tasting room host Lori Myers is also a die-hard foodie and quite the chef. Here is her magnum-winning version of a rich, savory cassoulet, a perfect match for our Coopersmith Pinot Noir.

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Winemaker Notes

2011 Coopersmith Pinot Noir