2002 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Meredith Estate Sonoma Coast

Translucent cherry red with no fading. Deep cherry fruit on the nose. The palate is stunning. Powerful, yet elegant. Bright, yet deeply flavored. Black cherries melded with strawberry and moist earth notes. Fine tannins, great acidity and balance. The finish lingers with graceful notes of cherry and strawberry. This started to fade just a bit after two hours open. It's a marvelous wine, but I see no reason to wait and in fact I would drink in the near term. It's clearly at peak, but I don't think that peak will last much longer. "A"