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2016 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir "Bucher"

Merry Edwards 2016 Bucher Pinot Noir

Winery: Merry Edwards

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Bucher"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $63

Cases produced: 358

KWG Score: 94.1 (based on 6 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: September 11, 2018

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Pinot Noir from Merry Edwards is rustic in style, but very very good. It opens with fragrant blackberry pie bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, very nicely balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a very tasty smoky cedar and blackberry blend with notes of black olive and a hint of stewed plum. The finish is dry and its dusty, well-managed mild tannins drift away nicely. I would decant this wine and serve it with beef bourguignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This juicy yet sophisticated Pinot was made under the guidance of Heidi von der Mehden, our associate winemaker, in concert with growers John and Diane Bucher. It opens with powerful aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and blue plum. With more air, intoxicating floral scents appear. Lavender, columbine, iris en Provence and violets. Even more complexity comes from expressive savory notes featuring a charcuterie board, grilled game meats, dried herbs and freshly turned earth. The palate is broad and bright with big, plump tannins and toasty, fine-grained French oak and warm brioche. Berry jam, rich fig and cherry unfold over a long and lingering finish. All signs point toward good age ability for this newest addition to our portfolio of Pinot Noirs. Pair with buttermilk fried rabbit.

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