Merry Edwards Wines

2015 Georganne Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

Georganne is our most northern and warmest vineyard site in the Russian River Valley. It’s tucked in among many famous wine-growing neighbors along Westside Road, overlooking the river with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. This benchland has quite gravelly sandy loam creating a unique terroir. The personality of the wine is shaped by a composite of factors, including the place, soil, climate and my own UCD 37 clone of Pinot Noir.

The rich, saucy wine is juicy and mouthwatering, showing off a dynamic aroma packed with a mélange of fruit -- red raspberries, blueberries, dark plum, cherry cola, blackberries, huckleberries and boysenberry pie. The complexity is heightened by spicy hints of cinnamon toast, nutmeg, vanilla, white pepper and espresso. Fresh rose hips, violets and cassis add even more layers.

In the mouth, this Pinot is fruit forward and approachable, revealing solid, mellow tannins that expand and broaden the palate, culminating in a long finish. This wine has the generous fruit, lively acidity and tannin profile to develop and age beautifully.

Kelli Tsai and Chris Dennebaum have been our customers for more than a decade. It was a pleasure to have their recipe contest entry for Panko-Crusted Rack of Lamb come out a winner! This pairing with our Georganne Pinot is a study in contrasts: The forward lush fruit of the wine complements the savory crusted lamb. Serve with their oven-baked yams for a classic early spring dinner.

 

Critical Acclaim

94 points
"While Merry's Georganne Vineyard Pinot Noir lacks the edginess of some of her other vineyard-designate Pinot, it makes up for it with finesse. This is the smoothest of Merry's many Pinot Noirs. It shows luscious ripe cherry fruit with supple tannins that make for a creamy texture that is unique for a young Merry Edwards Pinot. Stunning now, stunning later, so drink up whenever the urge for a luxurious Pinot strikes."
Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018
 
90 points
"Medium to medium-dark ruby; initially restrained, black cherry and black raspberry fruit aroma with hints of forest floor and cola; medium-full body; deep, earthy, textured, cherry and red berry fruit flavors; medium to mediumfull tannin; lingering aftertaste. Opened and developed with airing to show appealing fruit, though best to bottle age for several more years. Very highly recommended."
Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2018

 

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Recipes

Panko-Crusted Rack of Lamb
Longtime customers Kelli Tsai and Chris Dennebaum won a magnum of Georganne Pinot Noir for this luscious lamb recipe.

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2015 Georganne Pinot Noir