The Pellegrini family planted Pinot Noir at this old apple orchard in 1973; Merry Edwards used that fruit to build a massive wine in 2003. When first opened, it tastes vast and finely made-an earthy cake of succulent cherry and sweet oak. With air, the intensity grows only bolder with a dark herb savor. The fruit and oak meld, tasting like cherries grilled over charcoal. This is built for age, or for miso-glazed black cod.
A careful complement of sweet oak lifts and enriches the keenly defined, wonderfully pure varietal fruit that sits at the heart of this very deep Pinot. Equally successful in terms of its texture and balance, the wine is supple and silky smooth, yet lively and firmed by just the right measure of fruity tannins. It conveys a fine sense of stuffing without the least hint of heaviness, and there is every reason to expect that it will get better with time in bottle.
This wine exhibits rather exotic dark fruit scents, with layers of plum, wild berry, Asian spice and sandalwood aromas adding an intriguing treat for your olfactory senses. Trim and focused, it's delicate, refined and delightful to drink. (JL)
The Edwards style is big, ripe and rich, and this wine displays it in bold face. Although dry, it’s massive in blackberries and cherries, melted milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors. It has the richness of Syrah, without the tannins. This is a silky, complicated and enjoyable wine.
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