Phil and Toby Flax offered Merry fruit in 2004 when a new vineyard block came into production. Her friend Bob Cabral was already making a Flax vineyard designate for Williams-Selyem from an older block. Once she visited the site, overlooking Westside Road and the Russian River, Merry was smitten.

The classic Pommard clone selected for planting proved a good match for this warmer, northern end of the valley. When yet another small block became available in 2006, Merry jumped at the chance to expand her small production. In 2009, the winery took the next step and committed to a long-term lease of the property. The vineyard was sold to Steve and Donna Hicks in 2012, and Merry was delighted when they made multiple improvements to the property.

DuMol purchased the vineyard in 2016, and the last Merry Edwards Winery Flax Pinot Noir was produced in 2018. Our Flax bottlings are consistently ageable as well as being classically elegant, food-friendly wines.

Russian River Valley
Total Acres
East; 2-10 % slope
Soil Type
Riverwash and Pajaro gravelly loam
Year Planted
2002 – 2005
10114 and 039-16
Scion Wood Clones
Pommard 4
Vine Spacing
5 x 8 feet; vertical trellis