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2011 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Flax Vineyard Russian River Valley

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(14.4% alcohol):  Full medium red.  Slightly high-toned aromas of strawberry, plum, mocha, spices and woodsmoke.  Sappy and nicely concentrated, with lovely lift to the flavors of red berries, black tea and spices; I like the savory peppery influence of the whole-cluster vinification.  Finishes with ripe, dusty tannins, subtle spice and earth tones and good peppery energy and grip.  A very good 2011 pinot, but I'd wait a year or two before pulling the cork.

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