2012 Merry Edwards "Georganne" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
*Cellar Selection* Earthy and filled with baking spice, this wine offers floral aromas, bright acidity and flavors of baked strawberry compote steeped in cinnamon. Lush on the palate, as so many of the producer’s wines are, it is quite mouthfilling and will take on more nuance with time, through 2022.
The need for age is again fairly evident here, and the wine is, if anything, a little burlier and tougher in build than its siblings. That said, its youthful lack of expansion should not be misconstrued as a shortfall in fundamental fruity stuffing, and its teasing suggestions of dark cherries and plums are sure signs that it has what it takes to age even if refinement may prove elusive. Cellar it for four or five years, and tag it for drinking with slightly heartier fare.
While all the Merry Edwards 2012 are quite opulent, the 2012 Pinot Noir Georganne is one of the more restrained wines in the range, as the expression of fruit and overall structure are a bit more persistent than in some of the other wines. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, rose petal and spice are woven together in a relatively delicate, feminine Pinot that nevertheless offers plenty of Russian River generosity.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A more deeply pitched nose features ripe and fresh notes of dark currant, plum, spice and soft sandalwood nuances. There is excellent volume to the lush, even opulent flavors that don't have the same complexity on the ever-so-slightly warm finish that is presently slightly grapey. Note that this relatively forward effort could be held for a few years in the hopes that more depth will develop or be enjoyed now for its fruit.
Ripe and gripping, with vivid red berry and raspberry flavors that are tight and focused, ending clean and tight. Drink now through 2021.