Winery: Merry Edwards Winery
Region: California - Sonoma County - Russian River Valley
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc (California Sauvignon Blanc)
Wine Style: White - Green and Flinty
Food Pairing: Shellfish, Vegetarian, Goat Cheese, Salads and Green Vegetables
Reviews: 90 Points Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points Wine Spectator
Winemaker Notes & Critical Acclaim:
The bright, shimmering, green-gold hue of this Sauvignon Blanc is a visual overture to a striking personality. Its enticing aroma is highly perfumed with honeysuckle, citrus blossom, white rose and gardenia. Honeydew melon, nectarine, ripe Rainier cherry, tangerine, Kaffir lime and summer hay add complexity, along with hints of sweet oak and toasted hazelnut. On the palate, vibrant acidity is finely balanced with a rich, creamy mouthfeel creating a unique textural experience — reminiscent of a refreshing blood orange sorbet. The finish is broad and lingers with sweet pink grapefruit and Meyer lemon zest. - Winemaker Note
A perennially popular and well-made wine, this vintage is no exception, shining in concentrated, layers of rich, bold flavor. A sweetness of peach and vanilla complement a more exotic element of rose petal and black licorice. - Wine Enthusiast
Peach cobbler, ripe melon and marmalade notes are elegant, supple and detailed in this white, with spice and black tea accents. A refreshing thread of acidity keeps the flavors fresh without interfering with the elegance. Drink now. - Wine Spectator
About The Producer:
Merry Edwards Winery is a Californian estate based in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. It specializes in varietal wines made from Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Merry Edwards started her winemaking career in 1974 at Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 1975, she took cuttings from a selection of Mount Eden Vineyards' Pinot Noir vines and sent them to University of California, Davis. This selection subsequently became known as UCD clone 37, or the "Merry Edwards selection". Edwards helped establish Matanzas Creek in 1977, and founded her own winery in 1997.
The first vineyard, the 8-hectare (20-acre) Meredith Estate, was planted to Pinot Noir in 1998, and a second site, Coopersmith Vineyard, was established in 2001. Merry Edwards has since added several long-term leases to the portfolio, and in 2010, the estate was farming a total of 22ha (54 acres) of Pinot Noir. Merry Edwards added Sauvignon Blanc plantings to the estate vineyard portfolio in 2014 with a new property in Forestville on the lower slopes of the Meredith Estate.
Merry Edwards makes six vineyard-designated Pinot Noir wines, and two regional blends at its Coopersmith Vineyard winery in the Russian River Valley. A barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc was added to the lineup in 2001. Today, Merry Edwards Winery also produces a single-vineyard Chardonnay, as well as a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wine.