2012 Merry Edwards "Coopersmith" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $80)
Make no mistake; this is a special and very serious Pinot, but is not a wine that wants drinking anytime soon, and, if it at first comes across as being a bit chunky and a little light on come-hither grace, it is wonderfully deep and very complete stuff that will age famously. It is a big and impressively extracted effort that manages to be firm and fleshy at once with fruity concentration to spare, and its ongoing themes of black cherries, sweet spice and dried flowers easily outlast the grippy young tannins that crop up at the finish. Time in the cellar is a must if it is to show all that it has, and a wait of five years will be repaid handsomely.
*Cellar Selection* Planted on a relatively cool site for the Russian River, the Laguna Ridge, this Pinot is velvety and lush in baked strawberry and black raspberry, a celebration of finely grown, ripe fruit, with sharp-edged acidity and waves of savory mocha. With pronounced oak that mellows in the glass, it should only become more interesting with a few more years in the cellar, through 2022. (VB)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A ripe nose of plum liqueur, spice and sandalwood aromas display a floral top note. There is good volume to the delicious, supple and round flavors that possess fine depth on the finish that isn't as robust as that of the Russian River Valley but it is notably finer and longer. This is excellent.
Tight, with snappy dusty berry, dried sage and herb notes. Shows good length, as the flavors lay down on the palate and gain depth and persistence. Tannic. Drink now through 2023. (JL)