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Merry Edwards Wines

2016 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

I have been growing this wine with Ted Klopp, and now his daughter Lauren, since the mid-1990s. Their vineyard overlooks the western edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa in the middle of Russian River Valley. Soils are classic Goldridge, deep and sandy, providing the drainage that is vital to producing wines of such rich and enticing character. A combination of clones — Pommard, Swan, Dijon 115, 667 and 777 — each offers up its own unique aroma and textural profile, providing deep complexity to the blend each year.
Our senses are greeted with a volley of sweet, ripe fruit — dark cherry, black Catalina plum, rich olallieberry and warm blackberry compote. This is quickly followed by fragrant scents of David Austin rose, red licorice, cola, cumin, coriander and milk chocolate.
The entry is broad, full and succulent, with velvety tannins unfolding on the middle palate. Balanced, lively and firm, intensity continues to build toward the lightly toasted, lush finish. Klopp is always a wonderful wine to age, if you can wait!
I like to use vegetables fresh from my garden for this Savory Fall Stew. Yukon gold potatoes and Nantes carrots add intense flavor. The “stew” meat has been upgraded to a flat iron steak — the tenderness is totally worth it! Serve with a green salad and crusty French bread as a hearty meal to enjoy with our Klopp Ranch Pinot.

Critical Acclaim

95 points
"Merry Edwards’ Pinot Noir from the Klopp Ranch is spectacular, delivering black fruit-like power seasoned beautifully with spice and minerals. With all its density, it’s still fresh and thankfully does not venture into the “Pinot-Syrah” category.  Despite its power, it’s paradoxically still restrained and amazingly complex.  Waves of flavors awaken the palate. Its length is seemingly endless.  As with all Merry Edwards’ 2016 Pinot Noirs, there’s an exciting energy and glossy texture to this one from the Klopp Ranch."
Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Dec. 11, 2018
90 points
"Medium purplish ruby; deep, earthy, dark cherry, pomegranate, and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cocoa powder and baking spices; medium to medium-full body; deep, rich, ripe, concentrated, red and black fruit flavors with a note of mocha, and some plushness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Initially a bit tight and lean, the wine developed with airing, though best to age for several more years. Very highly recommended."
Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, December 2018


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Merry likes to use vegetables fresh from her garden for this warming fall meal
Our former Estate Sommelier Brendan Tierney offers up this family dish to pair with the Klopp Ranch
For this fabulous chop recipe, longtime customer John Guido receives a signed magnum of Klopp Ranch


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Release Card

2016 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir