2019 Edmeades Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
When you get a few local winemakers talking privately about the best terroirs in the Anderson Valley, the former Londer property in Philo often gets mentioned. Situated in the deep end of the valley on the south side of Hwy-128, it faces SxSW and tumbles down a sandstone slope into the Navarro River. Redwoods abound. A reliable ocean-born breeze keeps things fresh. The new owners bought the historic Edmeades property next door too, adjoined the two sites, and elected to carry forward the family name credited with planting the first-ever vineyard in the Anderson Valley AVA (c)1963. EDMEADES. We were graciously offered our pick of the litter and selected three blocks on the old Londer side which includes some heritage Swan clone. We picked out 3.8 tons on the morning of Sept 11th and made a structured wine with 10% whole clusters that smells like alpine strawberries, forest floor, clove, and violets. This one's a powerhouse and should reward patience in your cellar.
forest floor, clove, alpine strawberry
saline, violet, just-picked blackberry
shepherd's pie, five spice chicken, cassoulet