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2009 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir "Coopersmith"

Merry Edwards 2009 Coopersmith Pinot Noir

Winery: Merry Edwards

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Coopersmith"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $60

Cases produced: 730

KWG Score: 94 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: January 29, 2012

Wine Review: Coopersmith is consistently one of my favorite Pinot's that Merry makes. The 2009 is another top choice for me. It is opaque and very dark purple colored and opens with a very fragrant black raspberry bouquet with hints of black currant and old leather. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, very nicely balanced, rich and smooth. The flavor profile is a delectable ripe black plum with some extracted blackberry notes and a hint of black cherry. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors linger for a while. Also some delicate old oak tannins show up right at the very end. This wine would be an excellent choice to pair with roasted duck breast. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The deep, dark color of this wine heralds the intensity of the 2009 vintage. Expansive and bold, it virtually explodes out of the glass with masses of scrumptious dark fruit - Santa Rosa plum, blackberry and Bing cherry. Accents of licorice, cocoa bean and perfumed cassis add depth along with underlying notes of earth, cola and toasty oak. This Pinot is a mouthful, packed with ripe, juicy tannins that are fine grained and rich. It possesses an innate lively character and great overall balance. Structure like this will allow continued development far into the future. Our tasting room host Lori Myers is quite the chef. Her version of a rich, savory lamb cassoulet is a winning match with Coopersmith Pinot Noir. We enjoyed this dish as one of our harvest meals, along with a salad prepared from our garden and fresh bread from our friends at Nightingale Bakery in Forestville.

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