2010 Merry Edwards "Coopersmith" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
This shows Merry Edwards’ signature of exceptional deliciousness and drinkability, coupled with seemingly neverending depth. Made using fruit sourced from the winery’s vineyard in the cooler southwestern part of the valley, near Sebastopol, this is rich in acids and soft tannins, but the flavors set it apart. Notes of raspberry, cherry, cola, tea, licorice, pepper and sandalwood abound and evolve with every sip. Drink now–2018.
Even though cast in a riper and fairly substantial style, this very deep and wonderfully well-filled effort captures the fruity purity that marks the very best Russian River Pinots. It is dense, fleshy and full in body, but it is convincingly varietal in focus, and for all of its ample richness and range, it conveys a marked sense of sophistication that bodes quite well for aging. It is, in fact, a wine that wants cellaring and should not be poured in haste, and we would not be surprised in the least if it continued to grow beyond its admittedly impressive youth for another five to eight years.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A ripe and expressive nose of plum, dark cherry, spice and a hint of mocha gives way to rich, supple and attractively textured medium weight flavors. There is a dusty and restrained mouth feel to the solidly complex finish that is both persistent and well-balanced. This is presently ever-so-slightly grapey but it should develop well as the underlying material is certainly present to allow it to do so.
Rich yet compact, with tight crushed rock, ripe plum and wild berry flavors that are intense, focused and slow to unfold, ending with a touch of graphite and smoke. Best from 2014 through 2022.