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Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Winemaker's Notes:

The unusual style of our Sauvignon Blanc has been created by a confluence of factors. A key component of this wine is the highly floral Sauvignon Musqué selection from Sancerre, which comprises one-third of the blend. The Shenandoah clone balances this out nicely with its classic herbal, somewhat grassy character. For the first time, a substantial proportion of grapes were harvested from our own young estate vineyards - nearly 30 percent. Full fermentation in barrels crafted by Tonnellerie Cadus, 18 percent new, moderates green flavors. Elevage in barrel also allows for our biweekly lees-stirring protocol, vital to developing rich mouthfeel. 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.

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Merry Edwards Winery:
Merry Edwards handcrafts artisanal Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, CA.

Member Reviews for Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,194
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 09/05/2015

Light gold in color, lemon cream and honeysuckle on the nose. Lemon chiffon, a hint of dried pineapple, green apple and under ripe peach. This has a somewhat creamy texture but crisp acidity and a very pleasant, clean, medium length finish. Extremely enjoyable!


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,422
5.00 5
Vintage: 2012 05/16/2014

Tropical, fresh and creamy. Nothing average about this Sauvignon Blanc.


Snooth User: markmashaw
13243487
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 07/28/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: Teppo
4231181,045
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 05/03/2013

2012


Snooth User: EMark
8478048,296
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2014

Big, fruity—sweet apple—nose. Plenty of that same fruitiness on the tongue, maybe with some apricot flavor—it’s almost, but not quite sweet. Then, I get a bit of minerality. The wine seems to be a bit viscous. At the back of the palate there seems to be some effervescence. All the fruitiness in this wine makes me think that it would pair well with fish served with a mango salsa or chicken with chutney.


Snooth User: foopsi
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/08/2010

a bit more lively and floral but not quite as rich as 2008 - still a killer Blanc, esp. for the challenging 08 vintage. There is also now an unbelievable late-harvest dessert SB recently released, as well (from 08) - not much made so hurry on both...


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 07/29/2010

Lovely honeysuckle, peach and melon on the nose. Great acidity on a creamy palate coating texture. Very nice. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 7/24/10


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External Reviews for Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/04/2019

2017 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc: Russian River Valley The unusual style of our Sauvignon Blanc has been created by a confluence of factors. A key component of this wine is the highly floral Sauvignon Musqué selection from Sancerre, which comprises one-third of the blend. The Shenandoah clone balances this out nicely with its classic herbal, somewhat grassy character. For the first time, a substantial proportion of grapes were harvested from our own young estate vineyards — nearly 30 percent. Full fermentation in barrels crafted by Tonnellerie Cadus, 18 percent new, moderates green flavors. Elevage in barrel also allows for our biweekly lees-stirring protocol, vital to developing rich mouthfeel. 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. My good friend Ann Marie Montecuollo was inspired by an original Sam Sifton recipe to devise a delicious Roast Chicken Provençal. The sweet Meyer lemons and the herbs make it a perfect pairing with our Sauvignon Blanc. Serve with brown rice, crusty French bread and a green salad. Enjoy! - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 02/07/2019

Notes: As a young winemaker in the 1970s, Sauvignon Blanc was not my first choice among varietals. Therefore the challenge in making my first Sauvignon Blanc in 1979 was to create a wine I could personally enjoy. Arriving at the style we produce today took many years to refine. Barrel fermentation, lees-stirring regimes, inclusion of the Sauvignon Musqué clone in the blend, French oak selection and strains of special yeast were all areas of experimental focus. My aim has been to elevate the varietal to the stature it deserves, as one of the two great white wines of the world. The result has been lauded as a stunning wine − unique among its peers. The translucent, aurora-gold hue of this wine predicts what’s to come in the glass. Mouthwatering and luscious, its aroma overflows with tree-ripened fruit – nectarine, quince, peach and Fuji apple – as well as a hint of floral perfume and tropical notes of ripe, juicy pineapple, passion fruit, papaya and mango. Sophistication has come early for this wine with a strong impression of developing minerality. In the mouth, it’s round, lush and vibrantly balanced across the palate. Richness and weight counterbalance bright acidity supported by flavors of tangerine, lemon zest, candied orange peel and sweet pink grapefruit. The finish is luxurious, lingering on well beyond any rational expectation. I composed a refreshing Chicken Noodle Salad one Sunday to share with my husband, Ken. The bounty of our garden supplied the vegetables, our olive trees the oil and our cellar the wine. Enjoy with crusty French bread and a chilled glass of 2016 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc. - Winery ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 04/25/2018

Notes: As a young winemaker in the 1970s, Sauvignon Blanc was not my first choice among varietals. Therefore the challenge in making my first Sauvignon Blanc in 1979 was to create a wine I could personally enjoy. Arriving at the style we produce today took many years to refine. Barrel fermentation, lees-stirring regimes, inclusion of the Sauvignon Musqué clone in the blend, French oak selection and strains of special yeast were all areas of experimental focus. My aim has been to elevate the varietal to the stature it deserves, as one of the two great white wines of the world. The result has been lauded as a stunning wine − unique among its peers. The translucent, aurora-gold hue of this wine predicts what’s to come in the glass. Mouthwatering and luscious, its aroma overflows with tree-ripened fruit – nectarine, quince, peach and Fuji apple – as well as a hint of floral perfume and tropical notes of ripe, juicy pineapple, passion fruit, papaya and mango. Sophistication has come early for this wine with a strong impression of developing minerality. In the mouth, it’s round, lush and vibrantly balanced across the palate. Richness and weight counterbalance bright acidity supported by flavors of tangerine, lemon zest, candied orange peel and sweet pink grapefruit. The finish is luxurious, lingering on well beyond any rational expectation. I composed a refreshing Chicken Noodle Salad one Sunday to share with my husband, Ken. The bounty of our garden supplied the vegetables, our olive trees the oil and our cellar the wine. Enjoy with crusty French bread and a chilled glass of 2016 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2015 12/05/2016

Merry and Ken completed their state-of-the-art winery facility in 2008 on the site of Coopersmith Vineyard. Merry’s focus is on handcrafted wines and site-specific viticulture. This Sauvignon Blanc is one of their most popular wines. More than 50% of the fruit is from vines 25 to 35 years old. Sauvignon Musqué or Savagnin Musqué fruit as it is known in Bordeaux, makes up about 20% of the blend. The wine is barrel fermented with biweekly lees stirring to give the wine richness and texture. Wine Review Online scored this 97 points saying "Merry Edwards' sauvignon blanc is consistently among the top two or three produced in the United States. What sets it apart is its remarkable complexity, structure and harmony. On the first sip you may be reminded of ripe tropical fruits. On the second, citrus notes emerge. Then there is the note of white peach that is a signature characteristic of the finest Bordeaux blanc. On another sip you might find the tangerine and Meyer lemon note that signals Sancerre. Texturally, the wine exhibits a rich, oily mouthfeel, but with firm acidity and telltale traces of minerality. In a word, this vintage of Merry Edwards sauvignon blanc is positively brilliant and delicious."


External Review
Vintage: 2013 09/10/2015

The aroma is floral and mouthwatering, layered with ripe melon, peach and subtle mineral highlights. In the mouth, it is rich and seamlessly well balanced, kicking in a hint of grapefruit, cirrus and pear on the lingering finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 02/09/2016

Merry and Ken completed their state-of-the-art winery facility in 2008 on the site of Coopersmith Vineyard. Merry’s focus is on handcrafted wines and site-specific viticulture. This Sauvignon Blanc is one of their most popular wines. More than 50% of the fruit is from vines 25 to 35 years old. Sauvignon Musqué or Savagnin Musqué fruit as it is known in Bordeaux, makes up about 20% of the blend. The wine is barrel fermented with biweekly lees stirring to give the wine richness and texture. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 90 points saying "Oaky petrol opens the nose of this classically popular and well-loved white from the queen of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Vibrant and fresh, it's medium-bodied with a rounded girth and complexity. The finish is sheer orange blossom and tangerine."


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/14/2015

The producer continues to impress with this variety, an increasingly popular wine for her loyal followers and beyond. Rich in crème brûlée and vanilla, it’s layered and well-textured, a mix of pear and orange blossom with a tropical edge that finishes with a nice lift of minerality.


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The unusual style of our Sauvignon Blanc has been created by a confluence of factors. A key component of this wine is the highly floral Sauvignon Musqué selection from Sancerre, which comprises one-third of the blend. The Shenandoah clone balances this out nicely with its classic herbal, somewhat grassy character. For the first time, a substantial proportion of grapes were harvested from our own young estate vineyards - nearly 30 percent. Full fermentation in barrels crafted by Tonnellerie Cadus, 18 percent new, moderates green flavors. Elevage in barrel also allows for our biweekly lees-stirring protocol, vital to developing rich mouthfeel. 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.

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