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Merry Edwards Wines

Owner(s) Ken Coopersmith, Merry Edwards
Web site www.merryedwards.com
 
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Merry Edwards, the "Queen of Pinot," has been crafting Pinot Noir in California dating back to the early 1970s when she had her start at Mt Eden in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She was largely responsible for the emergence and national prominence of Matanzas Creek. She had her own label, Merry Vintners which failed financially and had a stint at Laurier. Along the way she has done Pinot Noir clonal research and responsible for the Mt Eden clone.

The most exciting and absorbing chapter of Merry's professional career is her present passion. In 1997 she co-founded a business venture allowing her to produce Merry Edwards Wines from select Pinot Noir grapes in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, including, for the first time, her own vineyards: Meredith Estate, Coopersmith and Georganne. “ I have always wanted to make wine from the ground up. Today my husband Ken and I are growing over forty acres of Pinot Noir. After many years of being a guest in other wineries, I my own customized Merry Edwards Winery, located at our own Coopersmith Vineyard.”

The impressive Pinot Noir lineup: Olivet Lane Vineyard, Coopersmith Vineyard, Meredith Estate Vineyard, Flax Vineyard, Klopp Ranch Vineyard, Tobias Glen Vineyard. Don't forget the Sauvignon Blanc - it is the best made in California. Annual production is about 6,000 cases.

The Merry Edwards winery and tasting room are open by appointment. Contact Ron Hayes at 800-388-9050 x205.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

13.9% alc., $32. This wine is especially noteworthy as it is sourced from 20 to 25-year-old vines, contains the Sauvignon Musque clone that lends depth and aromatic interest, and is packaged in a provocative label. The wine is barrel fermented with lees stirring, giving it an uncommon richness and complexity on the palate. · Moderate straw color and clear in the glass. Perfumed with lychee and floral notes, tasting of fresh melon, pear and pink grapefruit, and laced with bright acidity, this wine is highly versatile at the table. This beautifully crafted wine has none of the unpleasant grassiness found in many Sauvignon Blancs. One of my top two California Sauvignon Blancs. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Merry Edwards Coopersmith Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $60. Mount Eden clone. · Dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Deep aromas of red and black fruits with a hint of balsam. Full-bodied, dark red cherry and berry fruits with a leafy note. A solid, balanced wine that lacks inspiration. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $62. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very ripe, baked, dark red and black fruit aromas with oak-driven notes of graham and toast. Moderate concentration of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and pomegranate flavors with oak in the background. The tannins are muscular and dry and the pleasing acidity juicy. Needs a steak to ameliorate the tannins. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 430 cases, $54. Pommard clone. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely scented with aromas of fresh Bing cherries, baked cookies and spice. Bright, sappy, cherry and raspberry fruit clothed in tawny tannins. Richly concentrated with complimentary oak treatment and some finishing intensity. Hard to ignore the prodigious fruit. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $57. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very ripe fruit profile on the nose offering aromas of blackberries, black raspberries, Asian 5-spice and subtle oak. Rich, ripe and full-flavored with oodles of sappy black fruits. The decadent fruit core is supported by balanced tannins and finishes with uncommon intensity and length. Not my preferred style, but this wine will find many fans relishing its mouth-coating explosion of fruit. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2008 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $60. · Moderate ruby color in the glass. Reduced aroma initially with prominent oak char opening up slowly in the glass to reveal pleasing scents of Bing cherries and spice. Full-bodied core of black cherries, black raspberries, brown spice and cola. More darkly fruited than many Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. A Cabernet drinker’s Pinot with sturdy tannins, modest acidity, and dense, very ripe fruit. The wine had roasted fruit aromas and marked black currant and porto flavors the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Not my cup of tea. Decent. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2005 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc.. Vineyard was one of the first Pinot Noir estates in the Russian River Valley, planted in 1973 to the Martini clone. · Moderately light reddishpurple color in the glass. Fragrant with aromas of Bing cherries, sandalwood, leather and hazelnuts. The wine sports a middleweight cherry core with an echo of toasted oak. The tannins have fully softened and the finish is replete with cherries. The wine has aged nicely, but has peaked, so drink up. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2005 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $39. · The nose is the star here, drawing you in with heavenly Bing cherry, exotic spices and vanilla. The fruit is a bit shallow and watered- down. There is some attractive oak spice and the tannins are fine-grained. The wine finishes with a tart citrus impression. Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Merry Edwards Tobias Glen Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $51. · The wine starts off with aromas of red cherry, forest floor and oak. The oak continues throughout ending in a dry and woodsy finish. The wild berry fruit is stacked and packed. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Merry Edwards Coopersmith Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.35 alc., $54. This estate vineyard is located on the Laguna Ridge west of Sebastopol on Hwy 116. Composed of California heritage and Dijon clones. · Dark reddish-violet in color. Sage, oak, hay and cola scents are followed in the mouth by shallow dark fruits and an echo of oak smoke. Silky in texture and adequate in acidity, the wine lacks pizazz and the finish is short. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Merry Edwards Coopersmith Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $54. The Coopersmith Merry Edwards Estate Vineyard is located in the Laguna Ridge area west of Sebastopol. Planted to both California heritage and 828 clones. · The nose is dominated by aromas of oak, hay, sage and cola. The dark fruit is a bit shallow and linear. A touch of oak smoke rounds out the flavor profile. Silky textured with adequate acidity and a short finish. The young vines are not yet showing a lot of pizzazz or personality. Reviewed --/--/--

2005 Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $54. · The aromatics display oak-dusted black cherries and blackberries.. The ripe dark fruits are cloaked in oak on the palate and the wine finishes with plentiful herbal notes, a slight bitterness and healthy tannins. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $57. The grapes are farmed by noted winegrower Ted Klopp in a cool area featuring Goldridge sandy soils. · Darkly colored. Welcoming nose of oak-kissed black cherries, earth, tea and cola. Full-bodied and deep dark stone fruits and blueberries are well integrated with subtle oak and gentle tannins, finishing with some orange peel citric tang. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $57. From a cool site farmed by Ted Klopp. Goldridge sandy soils. · Darkly colored. Oak-kissed and earth-dusted aromas of black cherries, tea and cola. Deep, dark and full-bodied fruit with subtle accents of blueberries and oak, fine tannins, and some orange peel on the tangy finish. Reviewed --/--/--

2005 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $60. · Deep ruby color. Nicely oaked, rich black cherry fruit highlighted with vanillin and spice, finishing with good persistence and leaving quite a bit of tannin in its wake. Reviewed January 28, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

14.1% alc., $27 A unique example of this variety sourced from thirty-year-old vines at Hopkins Starr Road Ranch and the Cohen Vineyard, west of Sebastopol. Both vineyards are planted to the Sauvignon Musque clone. · This pale strawcolored wine has a nice nose of tropical fruits, herbs and roasted nuts. Good acidity and a mildly creamy texture. I get a little smoked fish on the clean finish. A workhorse Sauvignon Blanc that everyone needs in the cellar for shellfish and white fish dishes. Reviewed October 2, 2006 ARTICLE »

2004 Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $30. The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Meredith Estate Vineyard. Aging was in 63% new French oak for 10 months. · This beauty attacks the nose with dark cherries, spice box, and a kiss of oak. The flavors follow in step with added earthiness, tea, and luscious tart red fruit flavors. The balance is perfect. Plenty of finesse here, but not a “girlie” wine. The finish explodes in the mouth. Reviewed October 2, 2006 ARTICLE »

2004 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $36. Sourced from five Russian River Valley vineyards including Meredith, Klopp and Olivet Lane and aged 10 months in 52% new French oak. · The aromatics feature dark crushed cherries and toasty oak. This medium-bodied wine has a plenty of structure and notable flavors of dark stone fruits and rhubarb. The finish is marked by smoke, generous oak and slightly bitter tannins. An oak lover’s dream. Reviewed October 2, 2006 ARTICLE »

2004 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $57. · Classic and classy Russian River Valley Pinot Noir profile featuring the triad of Bing cherries, cola and Asian spice. Restrained and demure, yet immensely satisfying with gossamer tannins and impeccable balance. This one hits all the right notes. Reviewed January 28, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $57. This heritage vineyard is over thirty years old and still pumping out quintessential Russian River Pinot fruit. Merry Edwards has been making Olivet Lane Pinot Noir since 1989 and this may be her best vintage yet. This Pinot Noir was aged 10 months in 80% new French oak but you would never know it as the oak is so well integrated. · A reference standard for Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Oh that Bing cherry and cola and Asian spice. Demure and perfectly balanced. A finish that is ridiculously long. Lively acidity brings out the fruit beautifully. This is why I get excited about Pinot Noir. This is a wine you want to go one on one with - find a time when you are alone, uncork a bottle, and spend the evening in a monogamous relationship. Reviewed October 2, 2006 ARTICLE »