Coopersmith is growing up! Planted in 2001, the vineyard at our winery has now celebrated more than a decade of growth. Planted on the Laguna Ridge, which straddles Russian River Valley and Green Valley, its deep, sandy soils provide ideal conditions for repeat performances of great vintages. Despite a record-breaking crop, the 2012 harvest season resulted in a breathtaking wine.
This impressive Pinot has an expansive, mouthwatering aroma packed with syrupy dark fruit -- black raspberry, Bing cherry, black plum and blackberry. A generous dusting of its signature sweet cocoa captivates our attention. Fifty-eight percent new Francois Frères cooperage adds a rich oak dimension to an already complex sensory experience.
The first sip wraps the tongue in a mantle of luscious, dark fruit. The midpalate is opulent, building to a rich finish bursting with sweet, plush tannins and savory flavors. This wine literally expands with aeration, increasing in intensity as we explore it further -- a sure sign of long-term aging success.
Jason Sherman, Wine Director of Brennan’s of Houston, submitted his recipe for Old-Fashioned Duck with Dirty Rice to our Win a Magnum contest. This exotic preparation goes smashingly with our bold Coopersmith Pinot Noir. Find it on our Recipe Page at merryedwards.com. Congratulations, Jason!
"For those of you who must have something extraordinary on the Thanksgiving table regardless of price, this vintage of Coopersmith (one of Merry's top vineyard sources) pinot noir is a stunner. Intense and complex without being weighty, this is among the finest pinots ever to come off the Coopersmith property. It exhibits complex layers of red and black fruits, subtle earth notes and spice. The tannins are beautifully integrated. An awesome effort from California's grand dame of pinot noir."
Robert Whitley, Nov. 11, 2014
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