2006 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

06222009This was a wine I picked up thinking I would try it, make my notes and move on. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting to get blown away… and well… I wasn’t. Having said that though – did I like this wine? Hell yeah. It’s just that it was selling up here in booze-pinched BC for ~$90. I grabbed this bottle during an agent’s mark-down sale, which took it down to ~$60. Why? Because I love the Pinot and had had my eye on trying something from the Merry Edwards folks for a while.

So, what’s it like? Well, a big sniff gives up black cherry, raspberry, orange peel and mineral. A juicy sip pretty much shows the same. It’s a refined bunch of the cherry and berry that shows a bit of heat on the finish (it has 14.2% booze) and finishes as smoothly as silk.

It all pretty much adds up to a tasty bottle of wine that still makes me feel pretty gouged – even with the $30 mark-down. I’d love this wine in the $40 range. It was bloody tasty. For the money, I expect more.

~$60 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars

4 comments
  • http://www.geretyrestoration.com/ Abigail

    I've tried this wine and I'll have to agree. It's not a $90 bottle, about half that would be a good price. Unless it ages even better?

  • http://www.merryedwards.com/ Ben (Merry's Son)

    Great review Sean. Glad you liked the wine, and I understand how you feel on the price. The retail price direct from our winery is $42 – about half of this wine is sold direct at this price to our customers in the US. Unfortunately, the closest we get to shipping to Vancouver is … Seattle. Until the laws change, there's not much we can do but invite you to visit us in Russian River Valley and buy direct!

    Oh, and as to Abigail's comments about ageability, this wine will do nicely. All of our pinots age a minimum of 15 years.

    Cheers!

  • http://Vinifico.com/ Claudia Zimmerman

    Difficult wine to find. A little wine shop in North Creek,NY carried 1/2 bottles for $33. if I remember correctly. Anyway, I'm not typically a fan of pinots but this is delicious ! Will try to find full bottle. Claudia from NJ

  • http://Vinifico.com/ Claudia Zimmerman

    Difficult wine to find. A little wine shop in North Creek,NY carried 1/2 bottles for $33. if I remember correctly. Anyway, I'm not typically a fan of pinots but this is delicious ! Will try to find full bottle. Claudia from NJ