Merry Edwards Winery

One of California's first woman winemakers, Merry Edwards began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1974. She went on to become the founding winemaker at Matanzas Creek in 1977 and remained there until 1984. For the next decade, Merry consulted for numerous wineries, large and small, in Oregon and many diverse appellations of California.

In 1997, family and friends joined Merry to found Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. In 2008, she and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, completed their winery on the site of Coopersmith Vineyard. It was then expanded in 2010. In this venue, tastings are hosted to educate visitors about Merry's handcrafted wines and site-specific viticulture.

Ken was her helpmate in the installation of her first vineyard, Meredith Estate, in 1998. This was followed by Coopersmith in 2001. Long-term leases were then negotiated for Warren's Hill, Flax Vineyard and Georganne. Although most of those earlier plantings were Pinot Noir, in 2014 new Sauvignon Blanc developments got under way at a new property in Forestville and on the lower slope of Meredith. At Merry and Ken's new home property in Sebastopol, a Pinot Noir vineyard has been planted to Merry's Clone – UCD 37.

Along with two regional blends, six vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs are bottled. In 2001, a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc was added to the portfolio. Merry is also now making a single-vineyard designate Chardonnay from the venerable Olivet Lane, as well as an occasional late harvest Sauvignon Blanc and late-disgorged-style of sparkling wine.

In 2013, Merry's 40th year as a winemaker, she was not only inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame, she also won the coveted James Beard Award for Best Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional in the United States, just the fourth woman to be so honored.

Merry's wines are available direct from the winery and in fine restaurants throughout the United States.

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Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2016
Wine Review 91 "If you tasted this wine blind, I bet you’d never guess that this is a winery’s entry-level offering. But that’s really not a fair bet, as this is no ordinary winery, and Merry Edwards is no ordinary winemaker. This is a sizeable Pinot Noir that is loaded with open, delicious
Item Number: 29920
Bottle:$47.95
Case: $575.40
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Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2015
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 “Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers up intense red currants and warm red cherries notions with suggestions of baking spices, lavender, bay leaves and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, it has a lovely, plush frame and plenty of juicy red and black fruits,
Item Number: 28918
Bottle:$75.95
Case: $911.40
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Merry Edwards Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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"The translucent, aurora-gold hue of this wine predicts what’s to come in the glass. Mouthwatering and luscious, its aroma overflows with tree-ripened fruit – nectarine, quince, peach and Fuji apple – as well as a hint of floral perfume and tropical notes of ripe, juicy pineapple, passion fruit,
Item Number: 27135
Bottle:$33.99
Case: $407.88
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Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2015
“Ripe red raspberries, blueberry pie, dark cherry preserves and blue plums vie for attention in the intense aroma. Floral scents of lilac and roses are apparent along with cola, milk chocolate and savory mushrooms. Fine French oak frames all this abundance, providing lushness without being

Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2014
Wine Review 92 "Also reflecting its origins, the Russian River Valley bottling delivers more black fruit-like flavors rather than the red fruit of the Sonoma Coast. In contrast to the cooler Sonoma Coast bottling, this one is fleshier with a hint of savory notes. The fine-grained tannins

Merry Edwards Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2015
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93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Supple and elegant up front, revealing layers of dried mango, honeysuckle, ripe melon and vivid peach flavors, all set on a creamy body, with plenty of pop from acidity. Finishes on an orange Creamsicle note. Drink now. 9,500 cases made."  Wine Review, Robert Whitley 97 "Merry

Merry Edwards Chardonnay 2012
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Offers enticing aromas of orange and lemon blossom, with flavors to match. This is intense and vibrant, with zingy acidity and notes of white peach, nectarine and green apple, ending pure and zesty." ~J.L.

Merry Edwards Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2014
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93WS TOP 100 2016 Rank 17"Succulent, lush and rich, with fleshy mango, melon and peach flavors up front, leading to a core of pineapple, lemon and honeysuckle notes. The smoky edge and nervy acidity weave in and out, giving this a fresh finish." ~M.W.

Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2013
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 "The producer's larger-production offering, this in no way suffers from not having a vineyard designated. Instead, it shows the prowess of blending, delivering a big, bold style with elegance and grace. Tangy cranberry and orange rind wrap themselves around powerful acidity and a

Merry Edwards Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Robert Whitley 95 Wine Review Online "This is the genius of Merry Edwards for all the world to see. The Grand Dame of California Pinot Noir also has a deft hand with Sauvignon Blanc. I would even venture to say her RRV Sauvignon is routinely among the top five Sauvignons made in America. The 2013

Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Succulent, lush and rich, with fleshy mango, melon and peach flavors up front, leading to a core of pineapple, lemon and honeysuckle notes. The smoky edge and nervy acidity weave in and out, giving this a fresh finish. Drink now. 9,500 cases made"  Robert Whitley Wine Review

Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2012
"Aroma is pure fruit -- fresh blackberry, dark plum, black raspberry and huckleberry. Add to this currants, strawberry jam, cassis and cherry pie. Sarsaparilla, Lapsang Souchong tea, cocoa, roasted-toasty oak and a bit of vanilla bean round out this Pinot’s complex persona." ~Winery notes

Merry Edwards 'Meredith Estate' Pinot Noir 2011
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94" Only great wineries can succeed in brutally, challenging vintages like 2011, and Merry Edwards did. Notes of wild mushrooms, brown rice, red licorice, cola, white pepper, and clove frame the essential core of sour cherry candy. Decant or Drink 2019 and beyond." ~S.H.

Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Sauvignon Blanc 2012
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91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"This shows good purity and focus to the flavors of honeydew melon, passion fruit, lime and pear, with floral and mineral details. The texture is succulent and smooth, finishing with a bright acidity. Drink now. 9,850 cases made."

Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir 2011
"Our 2011 Pinot Noir is a wonderful example of these converging influences. The wine’s vibrant aroma melds intense fruit with savory characteristics. Mouthwatering cherry, blackberry, boysenberry and cola are complemented by accents of lightly roasted coffee, cocoa and fresh earth. Its substantial

Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Sauvignon Blanc 2011
"2011 vintage contains more than 50% fruit from vines 25 to 35 years old. Sauvignon Musqué or Savagnin Musqué fruit as it is known in Bordeaux, makes up about 20% of the blend. Sophisticated and polished, this wine reflects its mature, low-yielding vineyard components. The aroma is bursting with

Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir 2009
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93"Merry Edwards doesn’t just slap this regional blend together. This is a combination of her best vineyards. It’s a wonderful wine, dry, balanced and deep in berry, spice, cola and earthy flavors. In many ways, it’s the consummate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir." ~S.H.

Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Cellar Selection No. 1 Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual Restaurant Poll.  From the outset, this Pinot captivates with its jewel-like quality. The aroma has many facets  dark cherry, rich plum and chocolate. As you swirl it in your glass, the complexity

Merry Edwards 'Russian River' Sauvignon Blanc 2010
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92No. 1 Sauvignon Blanc, Wine Spectator"Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc "demonstrates the complexity of this grape in the right hands, showing rich textures and plenty of aromatics while remaining juicy and refreshing." ~M.W.