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Date Printed: 9/30/2016
Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2016: $45.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes from the Sonoma Coast appellation give us the opportunity to create a blend unique in its cool-climate profile. For this wine, we source vineyards located to the south and west of the town of Sebastopol. These sites are directly influenced by fog and breezes emanating from San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Primarily planted to the new generation of Dijon clones, these vineyards also host a small proportion of two older California selections ? Pommard and Swan.

The opening fragrance of this Pinot reveals scents of crushed, sweet red cherries, ripe raspberries and jasmine tea. As the appealing aroma expands and unfolds, its floral perfume exhibits hints of violets, blueberries, licorice and nutmeg. The palate is sweet and savory with a smooth, sleek mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins extending the full finish. This wine's gentle, approachable character belies its potential for long-term aging.

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About Merry Edwards:

In 1997, Merry Edwards established her eponymous brand with a focus on producing Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. in 2008, she and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, completed their new winery on the site of the Coopersmith Vineyard. In addition to this property, their estate vineyards now include Cresta d'Oro, Flax, Georganne, Meredith Estate and Sanchietti. They continue to partner with several dedicated local growers to supplement this estate production. Along with the two regional blends, six vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs are bottled. In 2001, a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc was added to the portfolio.