Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Pinot Noir 2016
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Rich and ripe and, by small measure, the juiciest and most forward of its clan, this supple, full-bodied effort is a fleshy, concentrated working that features loads of primary, black cherry fruit with subtle background notes of dark soil and integral oaky spice to its exceptionally long and insistently well-focused flavors. It is both weighty and fairly easy to access despite being balanced to age wonderfully for a half-decade or more, and, while it is certain to show more layering and complexity as it does, it presently possesses so much fruity richness that waiting will not come easy.
A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.