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2013 Merriam Vineyards Pinot Noir "Estate"

Winery: Merriam Vineyards

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Estate"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: 158

KWG Score: 89.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: February 18, 2016

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark red colored Pinot Noir from Merriam’s “Estate” vineyard opens with a fragrant and attractive black raspberry and mild vanilla oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty plum with notes of black pepper and gentle smoky oak. I also detected hints of red beet and black currant. The finish is dry and its flavors linger and last for a while. I would pair this very nice Pinot with coq au vin or with roasted pork tenderloin with thyme. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: In the glass, bright light red hues, darker to the edge, aromatic with scent of vanilla, strawberry and tea leaves. Medium weight on the palate with notes of cherry cola, fresh cherry pie and light spice. Long and luscious finish. Four barrels produced. Enjoy!

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Merriam 2013 Estate Pinot Noir.

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