This Pinot Noir vineyard continues to delight us with her precocious development. At only seven years of age, she shows a rapidly deepening maturity, reflecting her careful upbringing. To ensure the fruit is protected from peak summer heat, rows were oriented so that the sun falls directly on the top of the vine canopy at midday. Within the rows, vine spacing was determined by underlying soil conditions, thus plants were placed 4, 5 or 6 feet apart, depending on expectations of vigor. Irrigation is also customized to support this variable spacing, even within the same row. All this ensures even ripening of fruit with maximum color and flavor.
With the current vintage, Georganne shows off a rather saucy demeanor. The dark ruby color is the first indication of the depth of fruit extraction. As an opening salvo, the dense aroma is packed with mouthwatering sweet cassis, wild blackberry pie and chocolate-dipped black cherries with a glimmer of rose and lilac. Savory notes of umami, fresh earth and toasted almond add to this rich core. The palate is broad and dynamic, setting the stage for long-term aging with its generous tannins, soft oak richness and lifted finish.
Such an opulent Pinot demands a bold pairing. Newlyweds Madison and Keith created their unique Hollanders’ BBQ Chicken Pizza
, which easily won a magnum for their creativity. You, too, can enter our ongoing Win-a-Magnum Recipe Contest! Find this winner and others on our recipe page: https://www.merryedwards.com/recipes/
"The 2013 Pinot Noir Georganne Vineyard comes from a vineyard on Westside Road and is planted with Merry Edward’s favorite clone of Pinot Noir, UCD 37. Slightly more earthy and large-boned than her other cuvées, the wine is tannic, firm and Pommard-like in its masculinity muscle. There is a lot going on, with plenty of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, underlying earthiness and spice. Forget this for several years and drink it over the following 15 years. This could be her Pommard Premier Cru from the Russian River."
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016
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