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Merry Edwards Coopersmith Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

Planted in 2001 to my own Pinot Noir clone, UCD 37 (aka Merry's selection), the development of this vineyard has been a rewarding journey for Ken and me. The tiny berries and small clusters characteristic of this selection result in a rich, dense wine of expressive character. The location of this property on Laguna Ridge places it squarely in the heart of Russian River Valley, within 10 miles of the Pacific Ocean and its cooling afternoon breezes.

The deep, dark color of this wine heralds the intensity of the 2009 vintage. Expansive and bold, it virtually explodes out of the glass with masses of scrumptious dark fruit - Santa Rosa plum, blackberry and Bing cherry. Accents of licorice, cocoa bean and perfumed cassis add depth along with underlying notes of earth, cola and toasty oak. This Pinot is a mouthful, packed with ripe, juicy tannins that are fine grained and rich. It possesses an innate lively character and great overall balance. Structure like this will allow continued development far into the future.

Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast

The vineyard is in the coolest part of the valley, the southerly part Merry Edwards calls the Golden Triangle. The wine is dry, tannic, bright in acidity and insanely rich. Just floods the mouth with cherry, cola, anise, pomegranate and mulberry flavors, with an earthiness suggesting mushrooms. Just great now, with decanting, and will easily develop in the bottle through 2020.

WS 92
Wine Spectator

This firm, ripe Pinot features blackberry, black licorice, mineral, berry jam and floral scents, leading to a full body. Well-structured, ending with tight, minerally edge. Drink now through 2018. 730 cases made.

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Merry Edwards

Merry Edwards

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Merry Edwards, , California
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.

Trentino-Alto Adige

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A mountainous northern Italian region heavily influenced by German culture, Trentino-Alto Adige is actually made up of two separate but similar regions: Alto Adige and Trentino. Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of large volumes of wine made from non-native grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio produced here, and Merlot is common as well.

The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) is more focused on smaller-scale viticulture, and greater value is placed on local varieties, though international varieties are widely planted as well. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are planted at extreme altitude on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure. Dominant red varieties include the bold, herbaceous Lagrein and delicate, strawberry-kissed Schiava, in addition to some Pinot Nero. The primary white grapes are Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Müller Thurgau, and others. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot Grigio in Italy is made here.

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BEE6772396_2009 Item# 117425

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