Merry Edwards Wines

2014 Meredith Estate Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

This beautiful vineyard is a star in our portfolio, taking its place as the “oldest child” in our family of estate vineyards here in Russian River Valley. Now 18 years old, she has reached maturity and can be looked up to by our younger plantings. Meredith presents a fine example of our dedicated and careful farming – her grapes make richer and more substantial wines each harvest.
 
This garnet-hued beauty dazzles us from the outset with generous brambleberry fruit, blackberry liqueur, ripe blue plums, blueberries, cherries and black currants. This opening salvo is followed by savory charcuterie and chanterelles, caramel, cocoa, anise, fennel and white pepper.
 
White roses, wild strawberries, raspberries, framboise liqueur, cinnamon and vanilla drift over like an echo onto the palate. Its big entry displays ripe tannins, while the body is lush, bold and powerful. This Pinot is juicy and approachable, yet lengthens and broadens, building intensity through the dynamic, extended finish. As with previous vintages, this wine benefits and rewards the patient collector as it unfolds over time.
 
Smoked Duck with Warm Mushroom Paté and In-Season Fruit Glaze pairs beautifully with Meredith Estate Pinot. The dish was submitted to our perpetual Win a Magnum contest by our longtime tasting host Lori Myers. The duck’s gamey flavors tinged with fruit match perfectly with the earthy, yet fruity flavors of this cool-climate wine. You may find this winning entry at https://www.merryedwards.com/recipes/recipe-list.asp?rc=25. Enjoy!

Critical Acclaim

94+ points
"The 2014 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate has a medium ruby-purple color and gorgeous fragrance of red roses, lavender and fallen leaves over a core of crushed cranberries, mulberries and raspberry tart plus a touch of allspice. The medium-bodied palate is taut, youthful and finely structured, with the ripe, very fine grained tannins beautifully framing the multilayered berry and earth flavors, finishing long with loads of freshness and expressiveness."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, April 28, 2017
 
97 points
"The pick of an exceptional litter at this stage, Merry Edwards' Meredith Estate Pinot Noir says wow! It's a wonderfully complex mixture of dark fruit and savory flavors. Both glossy and chewy (in a nice way) its contrasts continue to captivate throughout a meal. It delivers New World opulence without a hint of exaggeration or flamboyance."

Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan 24, 2017

92 points / Very highly recommended
"Medium ruby; attractive, deep, intense, spicy, red and black fruit aroma with herbal notes and hints of clove, anise, and cola; medium-full body; tight, textured, extracted, spicy, cedary, savory, red and dark berry fruit flavors that are rich and concentrated, showing good depth and structure; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a good three to five more years of bottle aging."
California Grapevine, December 2016

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Recipes

Pan-Seared Duck Breast over Sweet Pea & Bacon Risotto
This delectable recipe was created by Jorge Castillo and Randal Joyner, and they have been rewarded with a magnum of Meredith Estate Pinot.

Grilled Eggplant Pizza
This dish was submitted by Shannon Simmons as a favorite vegetarian pairing with Meredith Estate Pinot.

Roasted Quail Stuffed with Dried Cherries, Foie Gras and Almonds
by Chef Scott Giambastiani

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Winemaker Notes

2014 Meredith Estate Pinot Noir