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Merry Edwards Wines

2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Comments

The enticing profile of this elegant Pinot Noir was created by blending together individual lots made from several different clonal selections. The grapes come from diverse sites bordering the Sonoma County coast, and each vineyard is influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which is just a few miles away. In the late afternoon, marine winds carry cool fog to blanket these sites, sometimes until late the next morning. This weather pattern lengthens the “hang time” of the grapes on the vine, allowing complex flavors to develop.
The wine possesses a deep ruby opaque color with a garnet red rim. On the nose, it offers aromas of bright Bing cherry with hints of licorice, subtle forest floor and open inviting notes of rose petal, vanilla and baking spices. Rich and lively upon entry, the mouth begins with fruit forward notes of crunchy raspberries and red cherries. Silky tannins are supported by well-balanced acidity and mocha notes throughout a long finish.
Malcolm Clark grows wonderful, exotic edible and medicinal mushrooms at Gourmet Mushroom, a neighbor to the winery. He likes to serve his Fabulous Porcini Risotto for Two with our Pinot Noir. The earthiness and richness of the dish create a magical moment when savored with a glass of our Sonoma Coast.

Critical Acclaim

94 points
"Jammy plum, strawberry and dark cherry ooze from the core of this beautifully coastal wine, seasoned in dried herb, clove and black tea. Expressive and varietal, with a thick tannin structure, it has room to open further and unwind, its oak well integrated and its tannins structured."
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast "Best of Year" Issue, January 2021
92 points
"The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is another hugely appealing entry-level wine in this range. Freshly cut flowers, mint, white pepper and red cherry fruit give the Sonoma Coast Pinot a brilliant upper register to play off its mid-weight personality. Next to the Russian River Pinot, the Sonoma Coast is more linear and a bit less exuberant, but every bit as appealing."
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, August 2020
90 points
Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, August 2020

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The earthiness and richness of the dish create a magical moment when savored with a glass of our Sonoma Coast.
Merry created this savory vegetarian dish to pair with her Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

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2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir