The wand chooses the wizard. That’s been the metaphor for explaining how we choose our monthly featured wine. Sure, we can dig into our cellar and pull out what we expect to be a compelling wine. And the wine is often quite good and you read about it on our daily posts. But at a basic level if we have to go searching for a wine it isn’t very romantic, is it? It feels forced. Even up against a deadline the wine we end up highlighting always seems to find us.
Hello, 2017 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Olivet Lane. You are our July 2021 wine of the month!
We were given this bottle two days before deadline by a colleague and brought it to dinner that night with friends. We decanted it for an hour and then experimented by pouring it into two different glasses: a traditional “red wine” glass and a glass with a larger bowl and wider opening (not a typical Pinot glass). Remember, we taste wine with three senses: sight, smell, and taste. Right out of the gate we were struck by the deep purple color of the wine; not what you expect from a Pinot. Already intrigued, we moved to “the nose.” The wide bowl was the right choice. It delivered aromas of ripe berries and freshly cut flowers, while the traditional glass gave off a tighter, one-note smell.
A great start. But we’re really all in it for the taste, right? The wine-of-the-month must taste great. This Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot delivers. A creamy texture with raspberries and a hint of chocolate leading to supple tannins. Great complexity and structure. One of the finest Sonoma County Pinots we have tasted in some time. Even our CEO, who is not a Pinot fan, enjoyed her glass. Bravo!
As you know, at Peninsula Underground our mission statement is to highlight great wines of great value. While purchasing this wine might be a splurge, value doesn’t always mean inexpensive. It means exceeding the price point. This wine does that and is our July wine of the month.
We can’t wait to see what wine chooses us next month!
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