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2014 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir "Flax Vineyard"

Winery: Merry Edwards

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Flax Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $60

Cases produced: 595

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: May 5, 2017

Wine Review: This dark scarlet colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards opens with fragrant raspberry tea and oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, round and juicy. The flavor profile is an extracted red currant and cinnamon blend with notes of oak, black pepper and minerality. I also detected hints of dried cranberry towards the end. The finish is dry and its acidity and flavors stick around for quite some time. This hearty-styled Pinot would pair well with a beef bourguignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: At 10 years of age, these vines and the wine they produce are just hitting their stride. 2014 is a showy vintage for Flax, with strong, forward aromas laced with all forms of cherry: dark Bing, Queen Anne, cola, cordial and chocolate-covered. Blackberry preserves, ripe raspberries and juicy elephant heart plums are succulent accents. On the savory side, we find smoked sage, roasted meats, cocoa, crystallized ginger and warm brown spices. As the vineyard approaches maturity, we now begin to find the wine a bit more approachable than in earlier years. Though firm, there is more suppleness on the entry. The palate fleshes out and builds, culminating in a long finish with a hint of minerality reflecting its site. Unfolding with aeration, this vibrant wine shows off its innate and undeniable potential for ageability.

Organic status: not organic

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