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Merry Edwards Wonderful 2014 Pinot Noirs
and a Sauvignon Blanc
April 7, 2017
The doyenne of California Pinot Noir was in town last week for a wine dinner at Yvonne's. I dropped by an informal tasting with Merry Edwards just prior and got to taste some exceptional Russian River Pinot Noirs.
In person she is slim and graceful, correct without being formal or imposing, composed but not lacking in wit or playfulness.
It is tempting to taste the maker in her wines. Her Pinots struck me as poised and precise, feminine without being overtly sexy, very fresh. The 2014s I tasted with her were Russian River Pinots the way they ought to be; exuberantly joyful and seriously composed.
Merry Edwards has had twenty years to learn her vineyard sites and crafts her wines to reflect the individuality of her vineyard sites. She is an avowed terroirist, but refreshingly rejects the Burgundian label that too many Pinot makers feel necessary to claim. Her 2014 Pinots are too vivacious and fun-loving to be burgundy-like. Pretty and engaging, they share a fresh, berry like fruit that delicious and inviting to the palate. Underneath though, they are seriously balanced wines with enough structure to offset their berry fruit.
I loved each in its own way. The Coopersmith showed the most elegant, The Klopp had more lower toned and earthy notes; the Meredith was poised and complete.
Even the generic Sonoma blend was poised and delicious. I recommend that and all of the single vineyard wines.
I did not taste her Russian River Blend or Georganne, but they are available on request at $79 and $84 respectively.
Her 2015 Sauvignon Blanc was distinctly unEdwardsian in the context of her Pinots. Where they were graceful and poised, the Sauvignon was deeply fruited very rich and dense, very heady and rich. It supports and reveals a strong tint of oak., a serious wine it is for full flavored fish or white meat dishes
2014 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Sonoma; Aroma: light clean fresh rather pretty; Mouth: juicy very rich elegant rather pretty, finely balanced, soft finish; Very Good - Excellent 56; Mixed Case, 50.4; Case, 47.60
2014 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Coopersmith Russian River Valley; Aroma: sweetly elegant, very firm, rather pretty with a plummy note; Mouth: forward sweet acid lightly oaked, rather clean, juicy fine acid fine tannins, long; Excellent 90; Mixed Case, 81; Case, 76.5
2014 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch Russian River; Aroma: low toned a touch funky, earthy rather dense, very earthy; Mouth: smooth textured very clean, pretty soft light fine acids almost no tannin; Excellent 89; Mixed Case, 80.10; Case, 75.65
2014 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Meredith vineyard; Aroma: rather plummy, rather full, plump bright rather firm, heady; Mouth: finely juicy very clean, , nicely concentrated, sexy fruit complete fine; Excellent 93; Mixed Case, 83.7; Case, 79.05
2015 Merry Edwards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc; Aroma: fresh rather flinty, low toned stone notes; Mouth: juicy rather rich very heady oaky ; Very Good - Excellent 50; Mixed Case, 45; Case, 42.50
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- Len Rothenberg