Saturday, January 16, 2021

Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2001


Merry Edwards has become known as the Queen of Pinot Noir. Drinking this Sonoma Coast bottling from 2001, I am convinced the title is warranted. It is big and fruity, yet elegant, refined and complex. Nearly two decades old, it is still going strong.

The grapes come from vineyards in the Sebastapol Hills area of the Russian River Valley, relatively cool and near the Pacific Coast. 

Deep garnet, bright but transparent. Entrancing scents of raspberries, flowers, tobacco and spice. Intense and exciting. Compact fruit on the palate with ample acidity to keep it fresh. Keeps getting better through the meal of Faroe salmon baked on red cabbage, potatoes and onions.

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