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Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013

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90 points Connoisseurs' Guide: ...this bottling is balanced, keenly focused on the pure fruit of the Russian River Valley, sports a slight but attractive whiff of rose petals and has good continuity from front to back. Its vital sense of balance does allow it to drift towards the pert end of the red cherry spectrum, and that slight bias makes it a bit more useful with lighter dishes like veal chops or even pan-grilled salmon now and over the next few years. (Feb 2016)

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Merry Edwards Winery:
Merry Edwards handcrafts artisanal Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, CA.

External Reviews for Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/18/2016

Each year I enjoy the challenge of creating our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Grapes from six different vineyards and 17 individual lots of wine were woven together in tapestry-like fashion to form this intricate blend. Each small batch was made using customized techniques to enhance its own unique clone and adaptation to the site where it was grown. Perhaps whole clusters were added to the fermenting tank or the length of the cold soak period was extended. Barrels were then selected to amplify the fruit character and mouthfeel. The resulting Pinot Noir reflects the personality of our region in bold style. The jeweltoned rich, ruby color portends an aroma that is revealed as fresh and appealing. Dark blue plum, red currant, hedgerow fruit and raspberry coulis come forward first. Deeper layers reveal hints of fragrant earth, warm brown spices and cocoa. In the mouth, the wine is juicy on entry, broad in the midpalate and shows smooth, firm tannins on an extended finish. Supported by good acidity, the balance of this Pinot predicts excellent ageability. - Winery ** Only 12 in Stock **


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
03/29/2016

One of California’s first woman winemakers, Merry Edwards career has been nothing short of astounding. Starting at the venerable Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1974, she went on to become the founding winemaker at Matanzas Creek in 1977. Merry has consulted for countless wineries, large and small, throughout California and Oregon. In 1997 she founded Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. For this 2013 Russian River Pinot, grapes from six different vineyards and 17 individual lots of wine were woven together in tapestry-like fashion to form an intricate blend. Each small batch was made using customized techniques to enhance its own unique clone and adaptation to the site where it was grown. Perhaps whole clusters were added to the fermenting tank or the length of the cold soak period was extended. Barrels were then selected to amplify the fruit character and mouthfeel. The resulting Pinot Noir reflects the personality of our region in bold style. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 95 points saying "The producer's larger production offering, this in no way suffers from not having a vineyard designated on its name, instead showing the prowess of blending and delivering a big, bold style with elegance and grace. Tangy cranberry and orange rind wrap themselves around powerful acidity and a silky body, finishing in varietal earth and cardamom spice." Limited!


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/06/2017

Each year I enjoy the challenge of creating our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Grapes from six different vineyards and 17 individual lots of wine were woven together in tapestry-like fashion to form this intricate blend. Each small batch was made using customized techniques to enhance its own unique clone and adaptation to the site where it was grown. Perhaps whole clusters were added to the fermenting tank or the length of the cold soak period was extended. Barrels were then selected to amplify the fruit character and mouthfeel. The resulting Pinot Noir reflects the personality of our region in bold style. The jeweltoned rich, ruby color portends an aroma that is revealed as fresh and appealing. Dark blue plum, red currant, hedgerow fruit and raspberry coulis come forward first. Deeper layers reveal hints of fragrant earth, warm brown spices and cocoa. In the mouth, the wine is juicy on entry, broad in the midpalate and shows smooth, firm tannins on an extended finish. Supported by good acidity, the balance of this Pinot predicts excellent ageability. - Winery ** Only 3 in Stock **



90 points Connoisseurs' Guide: ...this bottling is balanced, keenly focused on the pure fruit of the Russian River Valley, sports a slight but attractive whiff of rose petals and has good continuity from front to back. Its vital sense of balance does allow it to drift towards the pert end of the red cherry spectrum, and that slight bias makes it a bit more useful with lighter dishes like veal chops or even pan-grilled salmon now and over the next few years. (Feb 2016)

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