2012 Merry Edwards "Olivet Lane" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1204712 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* A beautifully complex, spicy and elegant range of both red and dark pinot fruit is nuanced by background wisps of sandalwood and floral hints. The sleek and wonderfully textured medium weight flavors possess a velvety mouth feel before culminating in a dusty, firm and strikingly long and complex finale. This is lovely and built to age.  (6/2015)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Wispy top notes of dried brush and bark are gradually countered by slow-to-emerge, red cherry fruit in the nose and the flavors that follow with quite solid, somewhat compact, young fruit taking its time in coming to the fore. The wine is blends fleshy texture and fairly tight structure, as Olivet Lane Pinots are wont to do, but there is no lack of fruity solidity here, and it has the depth and focus to grow with cellaring and can be set aside for a few years with complete confidence that its future is bright and assured.  (2/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 From a longstanding source of primo grapes, this Olivet Lane Pinot sings in floral rose and violet while offering damp earth, subtle hints of black raspberry and striking acidity. With well-integrated oak and softly layered tannins, it’s on the lighter side of the producer’s line-up of wines, building up steam as it goes.  (6/2015)

Vinous

 Crushed flowers, dried red cherries, white pepper and savory herbs are some of the signatures in the 2012 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane. This is another of the more delicate, floral wines in the range, but there is good juiciness throughout. The 2012 turns more delicate on the finish, where there is a slight element of dryness in the tannin. The Olivet Lane is quite pretty, even if it doesn't quite have the mid-palate richness and overall raciness of the best wines in this range.  (5/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Firm, with a dusty-earthy edge to the dried berry, herb and sage notes. Gains depth and ends with persistence, revealing gripping tannins. Drink now through 2022. (Web-2015)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
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