2002 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast ($35)
After reading and hearing rave reviews, I decided to make a Merry Edwards Pinot a part of Craig's Christmas gift last year. We finally opened it and can say that you should definitely believe the hype. In 1997 Merry Edwards launched Merry Edwards Wines and she and her partner began producing Pinot Noirs from select vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations.
This is one of the best California Pinot Noirs we have purchased. As soon as you pour it you are greeted by a beautiful garnet color and earthy nose. Any serious pinot drinker should pick up a bottle. (note: from other reviews I've read, the 2002 vintage was particularly good.)
When asked, Craig's only comment... "goooood"
From the Winemaker...
"This stylish Pinot Noir originated in my own estate vineyard planted in 1998. Located on a southeast-facing slope at the southern boundary of the Russian River Valley, our sustainably-farmed vines produce grapes with a cool climate profile: heady, perfumed aromas and a sleek, firm structure.
Because multiple clones build complexity in wine, I planted five selections of Pinot Noir in my vineyard. The French clones enhance the structure of the wine, while the old, classic California selections round out the mid-palate. Drawing on the qualities of all five, I crafted a fruit-forward wine with a lively, accessible character. Gentle vinification and judicious use of French oak barrels produced this luscious Pinot Noir.
Aromas of rosewater, lavender and anise introduce this mouth-watering wine. Toasty oak takes its place in the background, integrating smoothly with the flavors of blueberry. Supple in the mouth, this Pinot Noir has a long finish, extending the enjoyment of its complex, fruity character. Quail breast glazed with lavender honey would be an excellent match for the wine’s full spectrum of flavors."