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Merry Edwards Wines

2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

The diminutive 2017 harvest resulted in a small production of this lovely Pinot. Six vineyards contributed to this vivacious blend of Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. These selections are well-suited to our Sonoma Coast appellation as they originated in the cool Burgundian region of France. Its elegant profile reflects its coastal home with a union of soft textural components and lively fruit. It’s compatible with a myriad of light dishes and just as enticing sipped on its own.
The exotic aroma shows off spicy notes of cardamom, tamarind, allspice and cinnamon. This expands into mouthwatering candied red cherries and berry fruits — red raspberries, wild strawberries, ripe boysenberries and juicy blackberries. Cocoa nibs, cola, white chocolate, candied violets, crème brûlée, caramel and just a hint of blood orange add layers of complexity.
The palate echoes the theme of the aroma — intensified. The tannins are round and full, accented by bright acidity. Finely integrated oak complements the fleshy, succulent fruit mouthfeel. Unctuous flavors then taper into a satisfying, spicy black pepper finish.
Try preparing a delicious, classic recipe of Filets de Sole Bonne Femme inspired by Julia Child and shared with me by my friend Kay Baumhefner many years ago. Simply delightful served with chewy wild rice, fresh garden asparagus and our Sonoma Coast Pinot! You may find this in the recipe section at

Critical Acclaim

94 points
"This blend of multiple vineyards impresses in its breadth and depth, offering creamy softness and robust yet supple tannin. Toasted oak, nutmeg, clove and brooding black fruit combine effortlessly along a medium-bodied thread of ripe-ness and weight, finishing in a measured richness of chocolate."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2020
95 points
"Grown in the southernmost boundary of the Sonoma Coast in the Russian River Valley, six vineyards made up the blend of California and Burgundian Dijon clones for this elegant red. Aromas of cardamom-spiced cherry skins, briar, saddle leather and cola are a treasure to the nose. The impression of complexity and balance of acid and round tannins allow a generous juiciness on the palate. A slight grip on mid-palate includes flavors of espresso, blueberry and oak. The finish wakes up an earthy character, punctuated by cinnamon and black pepper."
Meridith May, Tasting Panel magazine, April 2020

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This recipe was inspired by Julia Child and shared with Merry by her friend Kay Baumhefner many years ago.
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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Release Card

2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir