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2014 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir "Cuvee August"

Winery: Merry Edwards

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cuvee August"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $98

Cases produced: 315

KWG Score: 93 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: January 23, 2017

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is very very good. It opens with fragrant and appealing strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and elegant. The flavor profile is a tasty mild strawberry with notes of gentle minerality and hints of red raspberry. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This Pinot evolves nicely with a little air, so we would suggest decanting it for a bit. It would pair nicely with grilled veal chop. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This rare cuvee celebrates the birth of my first grandchild, August Wang Miller. Immediately beguiling and vibrant, its aroma is full of ripe raspberries, huckleberries, boysenberries and hedgerow fruits. In contrast to this dark fruit are mouthwatering, savory accents of leather, sarsaparilla, fenugreek, mocha and caramel, deepening the complexity. Scents of heritage David Austin roses, fraises du bois and violets add an intriguing floral element to the mix. In the mouth, tannins are sweet, round and fine-grained. This suppleness is balanced by good acidity, creating a rich yet lively impression that virtually dances across the palate. Features of the opulent fragrance repeat themselves throughout the prolonged finish. Like my granddaughter, this Pinot Noir is a keeper and should age with beauty and grace. For this pairing, we contacted Chef David Craine. His choice is his Short Rib and Taleggio Flatbread. The richness of the short ribs and cheese marry beautifully with the deep earthiness and full fruit flavors of the Cuvee August.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Merry Edwards 2014 Cuvee August Pinot Noir.

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