Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Pinot Noir 2017
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|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
Wine Enthusiast - 97 points / Cellar Selection "This was Edwards’ first estate planting, begun in 1998. It shows incredible attention to detail and depth of site, opening with memorable floral, earthy and mineral-laden character. Robust in structure, the dense, youthful power of the wine is robust in an intensity of plum, dark cherry and an intermixed swirl of vanilla and chocolate. It finishes in white pepper and will age beautifully." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2020
From a 24-acre site in the Russian River Valley and vines planted in 1996, the 2017 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate is a standout in the lineup and has the most density as well as structure. Deep purple/ruby, with stunning notes of black raspberries, scorched earth, charcoal, crushed violets, and autumn forest floor, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, building tannins, a deep, layered mid-palate, and a great finish. This is straight-up fabulous, and while terrific today, it will be even better with a year or two of bottle age and keep for over a decade. I'd put this up with the top wines in the vintage.
Medium ruby-purple, the nose of the 2017 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate, from grapes planted from 1996-1998, explodes with ripe marionberry, violet, lilac, loamy earth and cracked pepper aromas plus nuances of pipe tobacco, aniseed and boysenberry. Medium-bodied, it floods the mouth with nuanced flavor layers, knit by firm, grainy tannins and addicting freshness, finishing very long and layered. This is wonderful! 1,395 cases produced.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Meredith Estate is a powerful, heady wine. Black cherry jam, chocolate, spice, leather, mocha and cloves all add to the wine's rather somber character. Big tannins and considerable French oak presence are the hallmarks of Merry Edwards' style at the time, which favored more extraction and concentration than today.
Concentrated dark currant and dried blackberry flavors take on a savory edge in this firm, taut version. Smoky hints show on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,395 cases made.