Merry Edwards Wines

2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

In 2016, our Sonoma Coast blend combines eight individual lots of wine grown at five distinctive vineyard sites. The profile is a true cool-climate expression of Pinot Noir — elegant and nuanced in aroma with a palate that’s light on its feet. This Pinot is equally comfortable as a before-dinner treat or paired with an early course as part of a sumptuous banquet.
 
Highly expressive, this Pinot has an aroma suffused with Queen Anne cherries, red and gold raspberries, blueberries and plums. Balancing this abundant fruit is a savory side — aged Italian salami, prosciutto, rosemary, mushroom and black tea. Notes of Grand Marnier, cinnamon spice, cracked black pepper and lightly smoked oak add even more depth.
 
On the dense entry, fine tannins build a sweet, mellow palate. It’s laced with brown spices, a hint of bramble, cocoa powder and a bit of cranberry. One might even find a hint of the blood orange and lemon-infused Averna Amaro from Sicily, which provides additional depth. An elegant, well-balanced wine, the finish is firm and focused. You might be surprised by how well this coastal Pinot will develop in your cellar.
 
Merry’s Chicken Macadamia was inspired by a trip to Kauai, Hawaii. Its versatile nature allows it to be paired either with our Chardonnay or our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Tasty served with sliced papaya, rice pilaf, and pureed banana squash with butter, white pepper and fresh orange juice. You may find this family recipe on our website at www.merryedwards.com.

Critical Acclaim

92 points
"The line-up of five 2016 Pinot Noirs from Merry Edwards is her best ever, in my opinion. The five include this one from the Sonoma Coast, three single vineyard ones, Klopp Ranch, Flax Vineyard and Meredith Estate, from the Russian River Valley, and one labeled just “Vintage 20,” a blend of her top barrels from those and other vineyards she created to celebrate her 20th vintage. The Sonoma Coast, lighter (but by no means light) and fruitier than the others reflect the relative coolness of the Sonoma Coast. Although weighing in at only fractionally less alcohol (14.3 percent) versus the 14.5 percent of the others, it comes across and being far less ripe than the alcohol suggests. Its lively flavors dance on the palate. More fruit-focused than the other bottlings, it still delivers engaging spiciness."
Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Dec. 11, 2018

 

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Recipes

This recipe was inspired by a trip to Kauai, Hawaii. Its versatile nature allows it to be paired either with our Chardonnay or our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
 
Merry created this savory vegetarian dish to pair with her Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
 
Our customer Neal Shact contributed this recipe and as a result is a winner in our contest

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2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir