2011 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Okay, so this is “only” Merry Edwards' regional blend. But don't dismiss it. Made from her greatest vineyards, including Flax, Meredith Estate and Coopersmith, it shows the linearity and elegance of her 2011s, without perhaps quite the concentation of the single-vineyard wines. Dry, tannic and brisk in acidity, the flavors are classic cool-climate rhubarbs, pomegranates, blackberry tea, dried herbs and cocoa. Give it up until 2020 to come around.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep red. Wild, brambly boysenberry and blackberry aromas are accented by a note of sassafras. Suave, supple and intense, with good peppery lift as well as some very ripe suggestions to the flavors of dark berries, violet, smoke and earth. Finishes with a restrained sweetness and a touch of dryness.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is really quite pretty with an elegant array of spicy red berry fruit and plum scents introducing the utterly delicious medium weight flavors that possess a lovely mouth feel. The solidly persistent finish possesses a dusty texture with just a hint of acid tang that detracts mildly from the overall sense of balance...This year marks Merry Edwards 40th vintage and a special "40 Pinot Noir" will be bottled to commemorate this vintage. Merry Edwards began her winemaking career in 1974 and founded her namesake winery in 1997. She purchased her first vineyard in 1998 and planted Meredith Estate and completed her winery 2008 with an expansion of the facility completed in 2012. Interestingly, her graduate work resulted in the replacement of lead capsules on wine bottles with tin and other synthetic materials...From six vineyards, 3,950 cases.
Firm, with an appealing mix of flavors and a taut gravelly edge to the red and dark berry notes... (JL, Web-2014)