Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch 2010
My quarter-century partnership with Ted Klopp continues to yield amazing wines. With his daughter Lauren involved in managing the vineyard, the vines are now experiencing a woman's point of view! In 2009, a block of clone Dijon 777 was converted from standard cane pruning to gyot. This simple change allowed these grapes to be included in the blend for the first time, along with some Dijon 667 and Swan selection fruit. More changes are in the works! This winter, an older section of Pommard was reoriented to a north-south alignment, which will most certainly enhance quality. The current vintage is classic Klopp through and through. The inviting, intense aroma is loaded with dark brambleberry, rich cherry and black raspberry. This bold fruit is laced with savory, toasty vanilla and star anise along with notes of cola and dark cacao. In the mouth it reveals firm, substantial yet smooth tannins giving the finish an unctuous feel.
Merry Edwards handcrafts artisanal Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, CA.
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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 and this wine is the prime example. Klopp Ranch lies in an area of Russian River Valley that Merry has named "The Golden Triangle." This narrow expanse of land is blessed with moderate climate and excellent drainage provided by sandy Goldridge soils. The core of this wine is composed of grapes from the oldest block of Pommard and Swan Pinot Noir clones, planted in 1989. Also added is a touch of 12 year old Dijon 115 and 667. Wine Enthusiast Magazine made it a 95 point Editors Choice saying "This vineyard has been source to some of the winery’s greatest bottlings. The wine is enormously fruity, with raspberry, cherry and red-plum flavors that flood the palate. But it’s no mere fruit bomb, offering the most wonderful tannin-acid structure and a dryness that keeps the wine stimulating through a long, spicy finish. Drinkable now, but also cellar worthy through 2018, at least."
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