2009 Merry Edwards "Coopersmith" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Cellar Selection* The vineyard is in the coolest part of the valley, the southerly part Merry Edwards calls the Golden Triangle. The wine is dry, tannic, bright in acidity and insanely rich. Just floods the mouth with cherry, cola, anise, pomegranate and mulberry flavors, with an earthiness suggesting mushrooms. Just great now, with decanting, and will easily develop in the bottle through 2020.
This firm, ripe Pinot features blackberry, black licorice, mineral, berry jam and floral scents, leading to a full body. Well-structured, ending with tight, minerally edge. Drink now through 2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, full red-ruby color. Dusty black raspberry, cassis, violet and loam on the nose. Rich, concentrated and tactile, with pungent wild dark berry flavors complicated by a subtle saline quality and a note of sassafras. Youthfully primary today but showed an increasingly creamy quality as it opened in the glass, without betraying any heaviness. Finishes with suave tannins and a bit of acidity to be absorbed. 91+ (ST)
Big, dense, dark and a bit brooding in the nose with touches of loam and cassis juxtaposed with lots of ripe, black-cherry fruit, this sizeable effort goes for richness rather than refinement, yet it maintains a fine sense of balance from beginning to end. It is roughened right now by a fair bit of youthful astringency, but its tannins are buffered by more than enough fruity extract to make aging a safe bet. Allow for four or five years of age, and then think big when it comes time for picking the right entrée.