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Haven't had Merry Edwards before but hope this helps.
61 tasting notes on CT, 91 pts median, the recurring words (roughly in descending order) seems to be: cherry (22), dark (16), spice, balance, acid, tannin, oak (6), heat (4).
You are probably looking for a RRV or 08 Oregon pinot with more fruits & less new oak, perhaps no more than 12 months oak. I'd recommend William Selyem or anything from Shea Vineyard, stay away from stuff like Kosta Browne.
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
... 2007 Merry Edwards RRV Pinot is your favorite Pinot.

So for someone who loves the 07 ME RRV, what else would you suggest that's along that profile under $80?

It needs to be easy-to-find in a major market since i need it for dinner in a week and don't trust just-shipped wines.


Jorge, what did you like about the '07 ME RRV?
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Originally posted by Brashley:
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
... 2007 Merry Edwards RRV Pinot is your favorite Pinot.

So for someone who loves the 07 ME RRV, what else would you suggest that's along that profile under $80?

It needs to be easy-to-find in a major market since i need it for dinner in a week and don't trust just-shipped wines.


Jorge, what did you like about the '07 ME RRV?


Here's my TN:

10/2/2010 rated 93 points: Gorgeous nose showing nice earth, but with raspberries and cooked red fruit showing through, maybe even some blueberries. A touch of oak that went very well with the food. On the palate there's a new world juiciness, nice fruits, a solid structure. This was a bit of an eye-opener for me. Should age well and improve a bit. Great wine.
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
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Originally posted by Brashley:

Jorge, what did you like about the '07 ME RRV?


Here's my TN:

10/2/2010 rated 93 points: Gorgeous nose showing nice earth, but with raspberries and cooked red fruit showing through, maybe even some blueberries. A touch of oak that went very well with the food. On the palate there's a new world juiciness, nice fruits, a solid structure. This was a bit of an eye-opener for me. Should age well and improve a bit. Great wine.


I think the merry edward rrv was one of the wines i've had with doubled when we were in napa.

if it's what i think it is.

http://www.zdwines.com/pinot_noir.html

Their 08 founder's reserve pinot matches that profile

Williams selyem makes a good rrv pinot too that's kind like the same profile.
I would look to the Radio-Coteau Pinot stable (La Neblina is comparable $$-wise). I also enjoy some of the single vineyard offerings from ME (Meredith Estate and Flax).

My ME 2007 RRV note:
5/17/2009 rated 89 points: Excellent. Ripe nose of black cherry and berries. On the palate, dark cherry pie flavors dominated. Dark cherry, cherry pit, pie crust (vanilla oak) with an undercurrent of earth and sassafrass. Tannins were already smooth, providing a velvety texture. My knock was that the wine seemed to come in and out of balance over the course of drinking. Sometimes the alcohol seemed a bit out of sync. I think this will sort itself out though, as this was consumed young (will beneft from time to unwind) and within a month of shipment (tried due to a shipping mishap).

My 2007 RC Neblina note:
8/29/2009 rated 92 points: A night of Pinot Noir (Boston): The last pinot of the evening. The nose was actually pretty complex with dark cherries, a touch of smoke and floral notes. Flavor-wise this was surprisingly the most Burgundian of the CA pinots. Tart cherry, cranberry, a touch of blood orange backed by notes of flowers and earth. Flavors had a lot of verve thanks to an acidic backbone. An impressive pinot which I hope will only get better with a few years of age.
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Originally posted by Sandy Fitzgerald:
Try in of the last few year releases of Domaine Serene's Evensted Reserve. It has a large enough distribution that it is in most LWS of stature. This wine is typically priced in the low $50s with deals sometimes in the $0s.


the serene's may be more forward then most oregon pinots, but it certainly is no RRV pinot.

rivers marie is another, like jankhe there said, i'd consider that'd be similar to what yer looking for jorgerunfast
I would think that if you like the ME you should steer clear of OR pinots, as G-man notes, even a forward OR pinot has nowhere near the sort of candied notes and ripeness (nor probably the early approachability, which is a key factor here if needed for next week) of the ME RRV. I guess the real question is whether you need to spend anywhere near that amount of money to get something at this level, because I would guess not. I don't know that you can find the R-M retail, but winebid has a lot for a good price.
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Originally posted by Thomas Matthews:
I tend to think of Merry Edwards' Pinots as aiming for a Burgundian style (their "methode a l'ancienne") so why not try something French? There are plenty of very good to outstanding Pinots priced under $50 from Santenay, Savigny-les-Beaune or the Cote Chalonnaise, for example. I'd recommend a 2007.


but look at his notes

"Gorgeous nose showing nice earth, but with raspberries and cooked red fruit showing through, maybe even some blueberries"
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Originally posted by Sleepyhaus:
I would think that if you like the ME you should steer clear of OR pinots, as G-man notes, even a forward OR pinot has nowhere near the sort of candied notes and ripeness (nor probably the early approachability, which is a key factor here if needed for next week) of the ME RRV. I guess the real question is whether you need to spend anywhere near that amount of money to get something at this level, because I would guess not. I don't know that you can find the R-M retail, but winebid has a lot for a good price.


i'm only willing to spend more because i want to try something better. i should have been more clear in my post.

this is my anniversary dinner with the gf and the restaurant we love has a menu that's akin to pinot. being a huge pinot newb, i figured i'd ask advice on a really awesome pinot up to 80 bucks. i gave the ME as an example of what i like so i don't get a million different styles and suggestions.

so if someone said to me "i love chapallet sig, but i wanna try something more expensive and better (so to speak" i'd point them towards a bottle of Snowden or Rubicon.

in this case, i'm asking what would be a step up for someone who loves ME RRV.

i thought about trying a burgundy, but as new as i am at domestic pinot, i wouldn't even know where to begin with burgundy. i'm open-minded and don't mind tons of earth, dirt, forest, etc in my wine. but if i open that with my girlfriend she'll spend the night sipping vodka and running up my tab.

we've had the ME RRV together and i loved it, she loved it... so i would like to stay along that profile.
I'm with those who encourage a choice of another RRV, or at least Sonoma, PN as a match to the profile desired.

A number of great names have been put forward. Unfortunately, most will be hard to find. Just to get more names in the mix, Hartford Court and Lynmar may get wider distribution.

I notice no one has suggested Paul Hobbes. Wrong style, I know, but possibly an intentional snub?
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Originally posted by Thomas Matthews:
I tend to think of Merry Edwards' Pinots as aiming for a Burgundian style (their "methode a l'ancienne") so why not try something French? There are plenty of very good to outstanding Pinots priced under $50 from Santenay, Savigny-les-Beaune or the Cote Chalonnaise, for example. I'd recommend a 2007.


In my opinion ME is very far from Burgundian in style. I think it a decent example of the candied style FWIW, but I like burgundy, I drink burgundy, and that is no burgundy.
Been drinking some of the Belle Glos single vineyards over past couple of years. The recently released BG Clark and Telephone is outstanding. Chewy, ripe, juicy, fruit-laden. $38.

Also I might steer you towards Santa Cruz Mtns.....I have been buying some mixed cases from Vino Cruz in downtown Santa Cruz city of some outstanding decently priced small production pinots there also.

Ardeis in Seminole

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