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2013 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir "Flax Vineyard"

Winery: Merry Edwards

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Flax Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $57

Cases produced: 400

KWG Score: 91 (based on 5 reviews)

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

Review date: June 21, 2016

Wine Review: This dark ruby opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet with hints oak and blackberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral infused black raspberry with notes of oak and blackberry. I also detected a hint of black plum. The finish is dry and its flavors and medium tannins are nicely prolonged. This Pinot is food friendly and would pair well with slow cooked beef brisket. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Deep in color, this Pinot shows off its signature aroma composed of cherry, dark berry, cassis, plum, blueberry preserve and cola. This initial expression is generously layered with milk chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Star anise, coffee, savory morel mushroom and a bit of fresh earth build even more complexity. On the palate, the entry is soft and lush, with mouthwatering acidity and tart red cherry on the long finish. The tannins are firm and almost chewy - classic Flax, through and through. As always, this wine will blossom with long-term aging and so is a worthwhile addition to the cellar of the patient collector.

Organic status: not organic

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