Merry Edwards Russian River Valley 2009 Pinot Noir, $49.29-$60.99, 93 points, begins in the glass ruby toward burgundy in color with a clear rim.
Aromatic grape-skin, earthy red cherry, and a hint of cinnamon are pleasant.
This near full-bodied Pinot Noir is substantially about the luscious and elegant texture, silk and satin metaphors come to mind, yet bright acidity and layers of silky tannin give backbone to what in a lesser wine would be understood as cloying.
Warm (14.3% alcohol) cherry and plum are dominant flavors, but nuanced boysenberry, mulberry, and coffee make for an interesting complexity.
Merry Edwards RR Pinot Noir finishes juicy with spice accents.
If cost is not so much an issue as is the greatness of the wine, then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this wine.
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