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Merry Edwards – “Flax Vineyard” Pinot Noir

United States
California
Wine
Red

The Facts

Origins United States > California > Sonoma County

Appellation Russian River Valley

Varietal Pinot Noir

Cepage 100% Pinot Noir

Winemaking The grapes are harvested early, as this is the warmer northern edge of the valley. Pommard is the single clone planted.

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The Character

Tasting Notes Reflecting the Pommard clonal origin, the aroma is a virtual symphony of cherries — Queen Anne, Rainier and dark Bing. Spicy notes of lightly toasted, burnished oak along with leather, tobacco, rosemary and white pepper add depth. A hint of minerality is in keeping with Flax typicity, reflecting the soil in which it’s grown. The wine has a soft entry that develops into a smooth yet firm palate that increases in intensity toward the finish. Tannins are fine grained, and the balanced acidity creates a mouthwatering sensation. Anise, dark fruit, chocolate and cassis form accents.

Overall Spicy notes of lightly toasted, burnished oak

Mouthfeel Soft entry, minerality, firm palate

Aromas Anise, dark fruit, chocolate and cassis form accents.

Selling Point Wine with generous, rich tannins.

Pairings Serve with a spinach salad and artisan French bread

Awards 94 Wine Enthusiast (2017)

Sustainability Certified Sustainable t

The Story

Merry Edwards approaches life with graceful intensity. Now in the fifth decade of her winemaking career, Merry has earned the universal respect of winemaking peers, grape growers and academicians.

At home in the Russian River Valley since 1977, Merry Edwards has explored its hills, pockets, slopes and hollows, discovering small sites where choosing the right rootstock, clone and farming techniques can produce exceptional grapes. This led her in 1996 to purchase land in the Sebastopol Hills region of Russian River Valley.

Flax Vineyard is located along winding Westside Road overlooking the Russian River. The soils are extremely rocky, reminiscent of gravelly, stone-strewn sites in Bordeaux. This vineyard was initially challenging, producing low yields and overly concentrated wines. Careful attention to farming details now allows the team to create wines with generous, rich tannins.

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Brand Story

As one of California’s first women winemakers, Merry began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in 1974. At home in the Russian River Valley since 1977, Merry Edwards has explored its hills, pockets, slopes & hollows, discovering small sites where choosing the right rootstock, clone & farming techniques can produce exceptional grapes. This led her in 1996 to purchase land in the Sebastopol Hills. In 2019, Maison Louis Roederer acquired the Merry Edwards Winery. Frédéric Rouzaud, owner & President, is focused on ensuring continuity & adhering to the core values by which both wineries are connected: producing wines emblematic of their terroirs, all the while pushing the boundaries of land stewardship.


Brand Story

As one of California’s first women winemakers, Merry began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in 1974. At home in the Russian River Valley since 1977, Merry Edwards has explored its hills, pockets, slopes & hollows, discovering small sites where choosing the right rootstock, clone & farming techniques can produce exceptional grapes. This led her in 1996 to purchase land in the Sebastopol Hills. In 2019, Maison Louis Roederer acquired the Merry Edwards Winery. Frédéric Rouzaud, owner & President, is focused on ensuring continuity & adhering to the core values by which both wineries are connected: producing wines emblematic of their terroirs, all the while pushing the boundaries of land stewardship.

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