TNs: Merry Edwards, Radio-Coteau, A.P. Vin

  • 2003 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Meredith Estate - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (11/3/2009)
    14.3% alcohol. Very dark red. You can see Merry Edwards’ love of color intensity in this wine. Intriguing nose of black cherry, a hint of spice, earth, and minerals. In the mouth, a textural pleasure but somewhat hollow on the palate. It leaves you wanting more delineating of fruit flavors and complexity. The texture is plush and enjoyable – very enjoyable – but the palate has a hole in it. The finish dries out a touch, giving a lingering impression of grape skins. Was color favored over flavor here? Still enjoyable because the texture is so lovely. B+
  • 2004 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (10/31/2009)
    14.4% alcohol. Opened two hours before serving but not decanted. Deep cherry color, solid to the edge of the glass. A touch of funk initially that blew off almost immediately. Outstanding bouquet of red and black cherry, forest floor, spice, and minerals. Intense and concentrated, with amazing purity, texture, and power. Red cherry, black cherry, and blackberry fruit unfolds in harmony with deep earthy and floral notes, spice, and minerals. The acidity is vibrant and still quite intense, though it only adds to the life and texture of the wine without being harsh or overbearing. Long finish that is juicy and substantial. Youthful and delicious. This is just entering its prime window. Years ahead. A-/A
  • 2006 A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills - Sta. Rita Hills (10/30/2009)
    14.6% alcohol. Opened one hour before serving. Lovely full red color. Outstanding, pure bouquet of red and black cherry, a hint of oak, deep earth, and minerality. In the mouth, racy and linear, with terrific cherry fruit dominating the palate before giving way to alluring notes of flowers, spice, and distinct earth. Bright acidity. Long finish. This is really drinking beautifully but has some legs left to it. A-

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Gutts, right back at ya…

  • 2006 A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills - Sta. Rita Hills (11/6/2009)
    I’ll follow Gutting on this TN…and to this, my last bottle. A few people mentioned wood…and I can perceive that. Big oak? Nah, but enough oak influence to shade the wine and provide a reminder of some vanilla. Flavor profile? Red fruits, lots, with raspberry, cherries, clove and mineral. Some mentioned heat? No. Ripe? Towards that end, as letting the wine warm will bring some element of hard candy but heat, no. There is enough acidity in the wine, with the mineral, to provide for further aging so no rush to open this. In fact, I think the wine is better in late 2010.

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I am bringing the rest tomorrow to the poker offline here in the OC.

I like your style, Frank :smiley: