2002 Merry Edwards "Meredith Estate" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1085719 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Edwards, a noted winemaking consultant, planted this vineyard on a steep southeast-facing hillside just past the southern edge of the Russian River Valley. The exposition of the cool site helps to ripen the fruit, while that slow ripening lends savory flavors true to coast Pinot - wild strawberry darkened by umami tones of mushroom, seaweed and soy. Those dark tones will blend right in with roast duck, or eggplant stuffed with veal and wild mushrooms. Lovely, essential Sonoma Coast Pinot, it captures the coastal breeze.  (2/2005)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Despite its certain youthful reticence, this very deep and generously fruited wine still conveys a strong sense of richness and potency. It is medium-full-bodied and leans a little to firmness in terms of its structure and overall balance, and it shows a few acidy angles and edges at the finish. Its vigorous, very keenly defined fruit is simply relentless, however, and it will hold the wine in very good stead for the three to five years of cellaring that it so clearly deserves.  (2/2005)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Vosne-Romanee-like dark fruit aromas complicated by flowers, gunpowder and earth. Sweet and nuanced in the mouth, with notes of red and black fruits, underbrush, chocolate, mocha and cola. The most harmonious of these 2002 Pinots. Finishes with fine, palate-dusting tannins and plenty of complexity. A big mouthful of fruit and underbrush.  (1/2005)

Wine Spectator

 A very distinctive style that mixes zesty ripe cherry, wild berry, rose petal and sassafras flavors with a mix of citrus, fresh earth and spice. It finishes with a vibrant aftertaste.  (8/2004)

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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.


- 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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).