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Merry Edwards Wines

2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

In one way or another, all of our wines are blends. For single-vineyard wines, special blocks, clones or barrels may be selected and thoughtfully combined. Likewise, our Russian River Pinot is, in a way, the grandest of our blends, as its goal is to portray the heart of our valley. This Pinot Noir’s kaleidoscopic personality was created by melding five unique vineyards, eight singular clones and 12 individual lots.
The bouquet of this wine uncovers memories of ripening blackberry fields, berry compote and warm plum clafoutis. The complexity of frothed and aromatic Mexican chocolate, with its cinnamon, nutmeg, rich cocoa butter and nutty flavor is found here also. Wood-grilled meat, mushrooms and other earthy notes accompany the sweet, toasty and supportive oak.
Smooth and round on the entry, the palate is powerful yet supple, imparting an impression of thickness. Tannins build tension across the body in line with a balanced acid profile. Generous fruit carries over from the aroma joined by dried fig, sarsaparilla and a lingering toastiness. Polished and firm on the finish, this wine has many years to unfold.
Tasting host Mike Power offered up this recipe for Sonoma Onion Soup to pair with the 2016 Russian River Pinot. He explains: “My Aunt Peg was the queen of French onion soup. She’d make the beef bone broth from scratch, get the finest Gruyère cheese and use fresh herbs from her garden down the street in Forestville. In her honor, I re-created her recipe and renamed it after the place she loved.” For his effort, and his aunt’s, Mike wins a magnum of this wine.

Critical Acclaim

Best Wines for Fall: Six Experts Weigh In
"As we begin to crave comfort fare such as braised dishes and stews, we need a red wine with enough structure and bright acidity to cut through the richness. Pinot Noir fits that bill. Merry Edwards is one of the leading ladies of winemaking, known for her brilliant and luscious Pinot Noirs chock-full of enticing aromas of raspberries, spiced cherries, violets, and earth." Read the article here: Robb Report: Best Wines for Fall
Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier at Seven Lions and Terra and Vine, Chicago, as quoted in Robb Report by Sheila Gibson Stoodley, Sept. 21, 2018
91 points
"If you tasted this wine blind, I bet you’d never guess that this is a winery’s entry-level offering. But that’s really not a fair bet, as this is no ordinary winery, and Merry Edwards is no ordinary winemaker.  This is a sizeable Pinot Noir that is loaded with open, delicious flavors, and yet it also shows lift and freshness that makes for excellent versatility at the table, and tireless enjoyability sip after sip.  Based on how good this is, I’m licking my chops at the prospect of tasting Merry’s 2016 single vineyard Pinots."
Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, July 3, 2018

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Tasting host Mike Power offered up this recipe to pair with the 2016 Russian River Pinot.
Our former winery hospitality coordinator, Shelley Hutchison, created this deceptively simple dish that pairs wonderfully with the 2014 Russian River Pinot Noir.

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Release Card

2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir