Georganne is growing up! With this vintage, we get a glimpse of the potential of this lovely vineyard. Planted in 2006, her wines to date have been flamboyant, juicy and appealing. Now her mature personality is beginning to emerge. She displays a brooding complexity and is not willing to reveal all of her layers at once, but teases the palate as they unfold with time and aeration. Even in the warm northern climate along Westside Road, her retained acidity creates an unusually fine balance. Clone UCD 37 is a great match for the gravelly soils underlying this hillside property that overlooks the Russian River.
Our first impression is an aroma brimming with dark fruit, including black raspberry, boysenberry, elderberry, currant and wild fraise du bois. Next a floral perfume develops, unveiling lilac, violets, hibiscus, dianthus and fragrant blood-red roses. Brown sugar, salumi, ginger, white pepper, sweet paprika and crushed cinnamon add a savory, complex dimension to this intricate Pinot Noir.
Generous, polished French oak plumps up the body and creates a mouth-filling wine that is at first soft and silky. Tannins continue to build throughout the palate, contouring a firm, lasting finish with good acidity supporting this richness.
Longtime employee Jill Schlegel has created a rich dish to pair with this Pinot – Lamb Couscous with Mushrooms and Heirloom Tomatoes. The tzatziki sauce is a mouthwatering complement to the other rich ingredients. Our thank you to her is a signed 1.5-liter bottle of 2014 Georganne for this yummy Win a Magnum Contest winner!
"Merry Edwards' Georganne bottling has more apparent tannic structure compared to her others from 2014. It's more brooding at this stage without the same velvety glossiness. That said, there is an appealing earthy, savory aspect that grows on you as the wine sits in the glass. On day two of tasting, it's still the most structured wine in this lineup, but not in an offensive way. It just needs a few extra years of cellaring. This is an excellent young Pinot Noir. Cellar it while you enjoy some of Merry Edwards' other bottlings."
Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017
90 points: "Very Highly Recommended"
"Medium to medium dark purplish ruby; attractive, rich, tight, intense, spicy, black cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with herbal notes and a hint of cola; medium-full body; rich, extracted, textured, cedary, firmly structured, red and black fruit flavors with some roughness and grip in the mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."
California Grapevine, January 2017
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