2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros

People are talking about Merryvale wines! Here are a few of our most recent awards and accolades for this 2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros.

November 04, 2010
Pinot Report
93 POINTS - SMART BUY!
     

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros

"Bright and tasty..."
Medium ruby color; forward cherry and spice aromas with some clove notes; rich. ripe, bright red cherry flavors with spice and clove notes; silky texture; sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright, spicy flavors carry this really tasty Pinot -- serve it with a lighter meal off the grill.

- Greg Walters

August 01, 2010
91 Points
     

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros

This is a very rich, fruity Pinot Noir, so if you like ripeness, you’ll love it. Floods the mouth with cherries, raspberries and strawberries, while 50% new French oak adds even richer notes of vanilla and buttered toast. It’s flamboyant now, and should be opened in the next 3-4 years.

- Steve Heimoff

April 01, 2010
St. Helena Star
Panelists' Favorite
     

"Great Debate Over Napa Valley Pinots"

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros

First in its flight:
Merryvale Vineyards Pinot Noir Carneros 2008 ($35) is full of smoky, wild strawberries with caramel and herb. Their website, www.merryvale.com, has a great list of foods to enjoy with their wines. Just click on a wine choice, choose appetizer, entrée, or another option, and numerous, detailed recipes appear. Very nice.

- Catherine Seda and Tasting Panel

March 31, 2010
2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL
     

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros

- Tasting Panel

January 11, 2010
2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
DOUBLE GOLD /
BEST OF CLASS /
JUDGES' CHOICE
     

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros

At 4,913 entries, this competition continues to be the largest competition of domestic wines in the country, and it is one of the largest wine competitions in the world.

- Tasting Panel

January 09, 2010
www.rjwine.com/blog
JUDGES' CHOICE
WINNERS
     

"2010 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Big Winners"

2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros

"This morning I visited with Henry Tennenbaum of KRON-TV 4. During our segment we sprinted through a tasting of these four Judges’ Choice Winners. My notes are just a brief snapshot from memory so pick up a bottle of each yourself and luxuriate in a slower pace over dinner to gain the full experience.

Merryvale, Carneros, Pinot Noir 2008 "This is truly an elegant Pinot with plenty of cherry fruit and an enhancing kiss of vanilla. The wine was aged in French oak for 12 months and 37% of the wood was new."

- Ray Johnson