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2013 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir "Meredith Estate"

Winery: Merry Edwards

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Meredith Estate"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $60

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 93.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: April 27, 2016

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is a fruit bomb. It opens with fragrant blackberry bouquet with hints of plum. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is an extracted blackberry with notes of minerality and blueberry. I also detected hints of black raspberry, faint smoky oak and a dash of black pepper. The finish is dry and its flavors show very good length. This Pinot is would pair nicely with slow cooked Texas-style barbecued beef brisket. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: On first impression, this Pinot expresses a rich perfume reminiscent of fraises des bois enhanced with scents of violets, ripe blueberries and fresh rose blossoms. Accents of cardamom, toffee, pepper, cherry cola and anise add exotic notes. Deeper strata reveal a ripe, dark berry core with restrained toasty, savory and gamey undertones. On the first sip, this elegant yet bold wine shows a ripe entry, dense with black fruit. Its profile displays a fine balance with firm, bright acidity and smooth yet weighty tannins. The mouth-filling viscosity is luscious and silky, leading to a long, full finish. As this Pinot spends time in the glass, it follows its predecessors in revealing its potential for longevity. I have paired this Pinot Noir with an updated version of classic Beef Wellington, conceived by our tasting host Janis Bell.

Organic status: not organic

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