Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Olivet Lane 1999
I styled this wine to be rich and full bodied using a process favored by Burgundian winemakers- Methode a l' Ancienne. The technique, which involves cold soaking in small, opentop vessels and whole-cluster fermentation, releases the fullest expression of the fruit. Several times a day, during fermentation, I submerged the cap by hand to enhance extraction. I aged the Olivet Lane for ten months in eighty-four percent new French oak, selecting Francois Freres barrels as the perfect match for the wine's deep flavors. This is a stylish Pinot Noir with classic dark Bing cherry aroma and flavor. Elegant yet rich, it has seamless balance and sumptuous texture with a layered, lengthy finish. The innate complexity of the Olivet Lane fruit gives this wine an unmistakable capacity for aging.
Merry Edwards handcrafts artisanal Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, CA.
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