February 8, 2010

Merry Edwards Wines

Merry Edwards Wines
In Maine, at last!

These wines are in available in extremely small quantities. I'll have the case amounts next to the wines. Please call or e-mail if you want any.

"Edwards is one of California's finest interpreters of the fickle Pinot Noir grape..."
Food & Wine
Merry Edwards is named one of "The Magnificent Thirty Wineries Best Capturing the Essence of Pinot Noir,"
James Laube, The Wine Spectator
#1 Most Popular Pinot Noir, Merry Edwards tops the list for the 4th time in the past 5 years!
Wine & Spirits Magazine - 20th Annual Restaurant Poll, April 2009

Merry Edwards is one of the first women to become a California winemaker. Her philosophy is to let the vineyard show its best fruit, rather than putting a heavy stamp on the wine in the winery. Consequently, she has rigorously chosen vineyard locations and worked with the best growers.

In 1997, she met entrepreneur Bill Bourke, a founding investor in Chalone and Ravenswood wineries. They formed a partnership to develop Meredith Estate vineyard and launch a new winery, Merry Edwards.

Merry has secure, long-term contracts with some of the best growers in the Russian River Valley - Ted Klopp farms his Pinot Noir to Merry's specifications; Bob Pellegrini, whose Olivet Lane Vineyard is well known among wine collectors, provides Merry with prized grapes. These two vineyards formed the early base for Merry's focused vineyard designate program.

These are among the best California Pinot Noirs made!

Please forward this to anyone you know who collects comparable wines! You might get to drink some with the friend(s)!

The Wines:

Merry Edwards's wines are a great lesson that all Pinot Noir grapes are NOT the same (this holds true for other varietals). (1) The grapes are grown in different places; (2) the growers use different techniques; (3) - this is key - many different "clones" of Pinot Noir exist.

The White:

Unfortunately, the '07 Sauvignon Blanc isn't here (#9, Wine Spectator Top 100, 2009) - best case scenario is that it arrives in late Spring.

The Reds:

There are 2 wines - one of the wines comes in 2 sizes. Who knows? Some of the single vineyard wines may come available.

Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley '07 (California) half-bottle - 2 cases available - $32.99


Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, Russian River '07 (California) 750ml - 3 cases available - $58.99 - This wine comes from twenty small, different production lots of wine from 7 different vineyards in the Russian River Valley. This is a classic Russian River Pinot - black cherries, currants, red raspberries, dark chocolate and baking spices. This is bold in flavors and smooth. The finish is soft and deep. Food pairing - Grilled pork loin, a bunch of mushrooms sauteed together, duck, etc. Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, 90 points

Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast '07 (California) 750ml - 3 cases - $49.99 - This wine showcases a lot of Pinot fruit - raspberries and plums with added blueberries. It picks up spices in the aromas and flavors. Vanilla bean, earth and cola come out as the wine opens. This is elegant and rich. Blend of Pommard and Dijon 777 clones from Petaluma Gap in Sonoma. This wine comes from 11 different lots of Pinot Noir. Food pairing - appetizers of fresh cheese, prosciutto and figs; duck, spicy chicken. Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, 91 points

If you want any wines, please let me know via phone or e-mail!