Merry Edwards is a famous winemaker and winery for a number of reasons, first and foremost because she crafts some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world. Additionally, she was one of the first truly influential female winemakers to take residence on the global stage.
Merry has believed since the beginning of her career in 1973 that the fruit should show through in the wine and that wine should not reminiscent of her own personality. Over the years Merry has been able to not only source some of the finest grapes in the industry, but since 1997 has been building an estate Pinot Noir program that rivals the finest in Burgundy. Merry has purchased approximately 10 acres in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma California and has long term leases on at least 40 more acres which means that her wines are not only consistent from year to year, but also some of the most predictably high quality Pinot Noir in the world.
To give you some idea about the general quality being produced by Merry Edwards she has been named one of the "50 Most Influential Winemakers in the World" by Wine and Spirits Magazine and has had at least one wine named in the top 100 wines of the year in each of the past three years by a major wine publication such as Wine Spectator of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Of special interest for those white wine fans out there, Merry Edwards now produces a Sauvignon Blanc which she considers her favorite wine despite her rise to prominence as a Pinot Noir producer.
So how does someone become one of the first famous female winemakers in the world? They attend Winemaker University of course, for those whom are not familiar that school is the University of California at Davis. Merry has worked her way through a combination of failed business ventures as well as the standard winemaking training as an assistant and then lead winemaker at a larger winery. For her that came at the heralded Mt. Eden vineyards where she was responsible for crafting wines with fruit coming from some of the most difficult growing conditions in California.
All of that experience has left the wine world with one of the most dynamic and inspired Pinot Noir producers in the world. Her wines show a typical elegance associated with great Pinot Noir, but with a fruit forward taste that is reminiscent of great California Cabernet Sauvignon. One try of any of these Pinot's and you're sure to be hooked.