Monday, August 12, 2013

Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir 2010
Sebastopol, California

On my trip out West I recently went to Brix, a fantastic pub / wine bar / deli in Sunset Beach, California. I was in the mood for a French Burgundy, but -- being in California -- the wine selection was dominated by California wine. With the help of a kind bartender I selected the Merry Edwards Pinot from Russian River. While it wasn't quite what I was looking for, this wine is a spectacular example of full flavored New World Pinot.

Review: The Merry Edwards Pinot has a rich bouquet of dark red fruit, vanilla, and a touch of herbs. On the palate, the wine sings with cooked cherries, cocoa, and baking spices. The tannins are supple, and add a nice texture.

While Pinot can often be a light ruby, near translucent color, the Merry Edwards is a deep, inky hue. It also has a rounded body, with a medium long fruity finish. 

Food Pairing: This was prefect with a spicy, peppered pastrami sandwich!

Bottom Line: This Pinot was missing the earth and leather I wanted from a Burgundy, but the fruit and spice in this wine made up for it in spades. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Pinot Noir
  • BOOZE: 14.2%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or hold for a few years

Where did I get it? Brix
What's the damage? Super Premium Sunset Beach, CA

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