Merry Edwards is a legend both as a winery and as the woman who helped defined Russian River Valley excellence. She was named winemaker of the year in 2004, while “Merry Edwards” was named Domestic Winery of the Year in 2018. Both are hall of fame material, in our minds, and this special, transitional vintage marks the year when the iconic house was purchased by Champagne Louis Roederer. Merry retired on a high note, and this earthy, expansive, velvety Pinot Noir is a fine souvenir. Edgy acidity and fresh floral components over a rich berry core will make this a lovely ‘side-dish’ for any feast.
An alluring nose of woody spice, moss, psuede and black cherry. Full-bodied with fine, slightly tight tannins. Earthy and savory on the palate with great intensity and depth. Nicely spiced. Give this a little more time to soften.
Moving into some black fruits with the 2020 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, it offers notes of dark fresh earth, toast, and cinnamon stick. The texture is full, with fairly gripping structure, and the palate is rich with black cherry, tea leaf, and forested earth. Drink this over the next 10 or more years.
Packs some punch, with a dense and juicy core of linzer torte, blackberry and black cherry flavors. Well-defined, with light anise and apple wood accents through the structured finish. A bit unbridled in feel but will certainly have fans. Best from 2023
Medium ruby-purple, the 2020 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley has restrained, slightly rustic rhubarb and red and black cherry aromas with touches of burnt orange peel, licorice and laurel leaves. The medium-bodied palate is firm and gently chewy with muted freshness and a spicy finish.