2011 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1229805 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (6/2014)

90 points 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.  (6/2014)

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.  (6/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Firm, with an appealing mix of flavors and a taut gravelly edge to the red and dark berry notes... (JL, Web-2014)

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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.

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.


- 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.