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2009 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Olivet Lane Methode a l'Ancienne Russian River Valley
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90(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(13.9% alcohol, the lowest of these 2009 pinots):  Full red.  Pungent, musky aromas of boysenberry, black cherry and licorice.  Dense and juicy, with a slightly musclebound quality to the black cherry, licorice and violet flavors.  Darker in fruit character than the Georganne and a bit more medicinal and less expansive.  A fairly rich style but seems a bit less ripe than the best pinots in this group and finishes with distinctly firm tannins.

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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