Critical Acclaim

Merry Edwards Wines

Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is the Pinot Noir of the white wine world – a versatile wine that enhances and balances a broad range of food flavors and textures. It complements everything from triple-cream cheeses to oysters in green curry sauce. In an effort to meet demand for this wine, we planted more Sauvignon Blanc in our estate vineyards, and as of 2020, we are producing more than 60 percent of the fruit that goes into this wine.

Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Critical Acclaim

  • 2020

    • 94 points

      "An aromatic nose of stone fruit, fresh tropical fruit and jasmine. Full-bodied with a nice, oily texture. Fruity and lightly honeyed on the palate. Lavender and lily. Steely. Loire-like. Always an excellent sauvignon blanc."

      James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2022

  • 2019

    • 94 points / Value Pick of the Week

      "This white offers a complex mix of lime sherbet, makrut lime leaf, lemon curd and orange blossom flavors that are fragrant and complex on a fleshy, succulent frame, with notes of nectarine and ripe Crenshaw melon. Harmonious, with a fresh thread of acidity on the finish."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, May 11, 2021

    • 93 points

      "The producer’s perennially  favorite  white  shines  again  in  stone  fruit flavors — a mix of apricot and sweet peach. Tropical companions  in  the  form  of  pineapple  and  banana add weight and richness, contributing to a creamy, lush palate of goodness and grace."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2021

    • 93 points

      "The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is a jewel of a wine. Bright, aromatic and chiseled, the 2019 bristles with energy. This translucent Sauvignon Blanc has so much to offer. Lemon confit, white flowers, crushed rocks and mint extend the intense, mineral finish beautifully."

      Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, May 2021

    • 92 points

      "The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc opens from youthful yeasty tones to fresh citrus and green tropical fruits. The medium-bodied palate is notable for the intensity of its spicy fruits and bright freshness, and it finishes with an anchoring touch of texture."

      Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, June 3, 2021

    • 94 points

      "Aged sur lie for four months in 18% new French oak, the floral components we have come to love from this wine, year after year, do not disappoint. An English garden shows off a luxury of scents and flavors, white petals scattered on a bright Spring day. Juicy pear and white peach are enhanced by a hint of guava. Lush on the mouth, with an inherent crispness from this variety."

      Meridith May, Tasting Panel magazine, July 2021

    • 93 points

      "This oh-so tasty rendition is both deep and layered, and while it does show grassy varietal influences, it also comes with unusual richness both from the grapes as well as from a streak of toasty oak. Full on the palate and yet not at all heavy, this well-stuffed bottling is balanced in all its pieces, if a bit weightier than most of its peers. Long, structured and inviting now, it will hold up well in the bottle for the next few years."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, August 2021

    Read More Acclaim for 2019
    • 91 points

      "Aromas of nutmeg, melon and white peach. Weightly but balanced mouthfeel, combining disparate flavours of pecan oil, cheese rind, oregano and vanilla bean. Opulent on the mid-palate before landing on the finish with a pointed acidity that integrates with time in the glass. Strikes a stylistic midpoint between bright, creamy and aromatically exuberant."

      Matthew Luczy, Decanter, March 2021

    • 93 points

      "Over the years Merry Edwards has developed a sterling reputation for their Sauvignon Blanc. This new 2019 edition showcases beeswax and honeydew melon tones woven together with shades of apricot and Pink Lady apple aromas that all impress. The palate is soft and beautifully textured, with just a kiss of sweetness. Layers of ripe orchard fruits and minerals mingle with earthy undertones on the palate. The depth and concentration here is seriously good, as this beautiful new Sauvignon Blanc will cellar well over the next six to eight years."

      Owen Bargreen, Owenbargreen.com, April 2021

    • 90 points

      "The light-hued 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley offers a pretty, perfumed, incredibly juicy and fruit-forward style as well as lots of peach, citrus, and honeyed flower aromas and flavors. It's clean and has good acidity, medium body, and a great finish. It's certainly an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc."

      Jeb Dunnuck, Jebdunnuck.com, July 2021

    • 'Gorgeous"

      "Citrus blossom, key lime pie and spiced apple cake with a gorgeous plush mid-palate with white nectarine flavors that remind me of the fantastic ones where you bite into them and the juice runs down your chin; marked acidity balances the weighty palate that has a long expressive finish that goes on and on!"

      Cathrine Todd, July 2021

    • 95 points

      "Pale lemon color. Gorgeous fruit on the nose (grapefruit, kiwi, green apple), topped in chalk dust, fresh mountain stream, and complex elements of honeysuckle, mint and sage. Zippy acidity frames the wine so well, balanced with deep texture, and plenty of salty, minerals, mountain stream tones. The lime, kiwi and ruby red grapefruit is juicy but tangy, and it all works well over these floral perfume, white pepper, cucumber slices, honey and chalk dust. I’ve tasted this wine a lot over the years, and there’s something about this vintage. Phenomenal stuff."

      Isaac Baker, Terroirist.com, July 2021

  • 2018

    • "White Wine Discoveries": 93 points

      "A pretty thread of orange water adds an aromatic lift to the core of nectarine, apricot and lemon zest flavors, set on a succulent, fleshy frame. Dried ginger, honeysuckle and melon notes linger on the long, expressive finish." See the report here (log-in required): Wine Spectator Insider

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, Feb. 5, 2020

    • 92 points

      "The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc contains 60% estate fruit this year and 42% of the blend comes from Sauvignon Musqué. Barrel fermented and aged in 18% new oak with twice-weekly lees stirring, it has a gregarious nose with gooseberry, tart kiwi, tarragon, cut grass, white peaches and elderflower plus touches of lime and stone. Light to medium-bodied, it offers great flavor intensity with bright, zippy acidity and a long, lightly textured finish."

      Erin Brooks, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019,

    • 95 points / Award of Excellence

      “I don’t think there’s a Sauvignon Blanc out there with the complex array of aromatics and unique flavors offered up by this stellar super-Sauv. The fruit hails from 60% of Merry Edwards estate and 42% of the blend is Sauvignon Musqué. Fully barrel fermented in French oak and on the lees for six months. Scents of salted butterscotch, peach blossom, just-mowed grass and pineapple fill the air. Developed flavors of jasmine-soaked pears and honeyed tangerine are mesmerizing – and the acidity pulls it all together.”

      Meridith May, Tasting Panel, April 2020

    • "The 11 Best New Sauvignon Blancs of 2020: California producers are increasingly turning out quality Sauvignon Blancs that are luscious now, but will taste even better with age."

      "This aromatic, barrel-fermented beauty (18 percent new oak, with lees stirred twice a week) leads with a gamut of fruit: apple, tropicals, gooseberry, stone fruit. A full-bodied palate is layered with some exotic notes—guava and lemongrass—along with tangerine and lively lime zest."

      Sara Schneider, June 5, 2020, Robb Report

    • "It's a beauty to explore"

      "When talking about leading women of wine in the world, Merry Edwards ranks among the top tier. She is a California winemaking icon that has crafted classy wines for more than four decades. Though handing over the winemaking reins to Heidi von der Mehden, Merry’s mission remains the same – letting the vineyards shine. This Sauvignon Blanc is one of California’s best. It uses barrel fermentation for complexity and showcases the aromatic qualities of the clone, Sauvignon Musqué. Ripe fruit and floral notes draw you in, then one sip leads to another as you savor the crisp, minerally white. When I see this wine on any restaurant wine list, I grab it. It’s a beauty to explore."

      Leslie Sbrocco, Check, Please, Bay Area, May 14, 2020

    Read More Acclaim for 2018
    • 90 points

      "Rich and rounded in stone fruit, pineapple and mango flavors, this hearty white is made in a substantial, full-bodied style that is opulently lush. A length of complementary oak adds to the complexity and integration, finishing in a snap of crème brûlée."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2020

    • "Wine of the Week":

      "A layered sauvignon blanc with a range of flavors and pitch-perfect balance. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, mango and lime. Finishes crisp. Exotic." Read the article: Wine of the Week

      Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Feb. 5, 2020

    • 94 points / No. 39 of Top 100 of 2020

      "One of the consistently great Sauvignon Blanc wines made in North America, this latest edition is a resounding success by winemaker Heidi von der Mehden. The texture is gorgeous, as this comes off fat and unctuous on the tongue. Layers of kiwi and gooseberry are woven together with baking spices and sourdough bread on the palate. With great length, this generous and rich effort will cellar well over the next eight to ten years, picking up earthy tones as it ages."

      Owen Bargreen, Owenbargreen.com, December 2020

    • 95 Points / Master

      "Lovely nose, creamy, layered, with beeswax, pear, toast and vanilla. Palate too, lovely, touch of elderflower, ripe sweet pear, peach, toast, cream, cinnamon, nuts and long fresh finish, with tangerine and hint of lime. Not harsh, but bright, with oily core, and integrated fine oak. Delicious."

      The Drinks Business Global Masters wine competition, January 2021

    • 93 points / 'Very Highly Recommended'

      "Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, floral, citrus, melon, apple, and peach aroma with tropical notes and hints of gooseberry and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; relatively rich, nicely balanced, citrus, white peach, and tropical fruit flavors with mineral notes and a touch of oak, and a slight creaminess in the pleasing mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, December 2019

    • "One of the most compelling Sauvignon Blancs any where on this earth"

      "Without doubt, Merry Edwards produces one of the most compelling Sauvignon Blanc’s any where on this earth. This full barrel fermentation style reveals aromas of macerated white peach, guava and candied pink grapefruit. This sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc is laced with ginger and tropical fruits that linger for minutes. It is rich, yet not weighty, finishing clean and memorable."

      W. Peter Hoyne, Chicago Wine Press, February 2020

    • "Serious Sauvignon Blanc"

      "100% Sauvignon Blanc – one-third of the blend made with the highly floral Sauvignon Musqué clone and two-thirds with the Shenandoah clone which has a classic herbal character. Merry was the first producer to make serious Sauvignon Blanc wines in Russian River. This wine has an aromatic nose with honeysuckle and key limes with an intense minerality."

      Cathrine Todd, DameWine.com, July 2020

    • "9 Great Sauvignon Blancs Everyone Should Try"

      "Merry Edwards is more commonly known for its Pinot Noirs but this Russian River Sauvignon Blanc is a treat. Having been barrel-fermented, it’s got a rich texture and indulgent flavour. From notes of honey and toast to peach and juicy pineapple there’s also a dash of vanilla to round it all off. It’s a wine to savour and one to win over those who have sworn off Sauvignon Blanc."

      Kelly Sullivan, Boat International, September 2020

    • 95 points

      "The Merry Edwards style of Sauvignon Blanc is more similar to what a top Bordeaux estate would produce rather than one coming from the Loire Valley. The 2018 fits that mold: lush, creamy and refined, with just a hint of the edginess for which the grape is known that keeps it in balance. It reminds you that Sauvignon Blanc can reach great heights in the right hands."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Feb. 16, 2021

    • "Romantic Wines for Valentine's Day"

      "This distinctive Sauvignon Blanc surprised by easily meeting my criterion of richness for Valentine’s Day. Very expressive with gorgeous fruit, marvelous balance, excellent complexity and much more."

      John Vankat, Arizona Daily Sun, Feb. 3, 2021

  • 2017

    • 97 points

      "Merry’s Sauvignon is arguably one of the two finest Sauvignon Blancs made in America (Spottswoode being the other) and this vintage, her swan song as winemaker at her namesake winery, is a brilliant wine to end a brilliant career as one of America’s preeminent winemakers. The 2017 is all finesse and flavor, showing notes of white peach, citrus and wood spice. With exquisite balance and impressive length, it is a wine truly worthy of its author’s storied history."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 1, 2019

    • 96 points

      "Merry Edwards is clearly a very talented winemaker because not only does she produce stunning Pinot Noirs, she also makes incredible Sauvignon Blanc.  Her 2017 seamlessly balances a subtle and welcome bite characteristic of the variety with a creamy, mineral-infused elegance to produce a dazzling array of flavors.  Everything fits together.  Nothing is overdone or overt.  It’s a masterful achievement with a variety that gets little recognition."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Dec. 5, 2018

    • 94 points

      "The key component in this wine is the highly floral Sauvignon Musqué selection from Sancerre, which comprises one-third of the blend. The Shenandoah clone balances this out with its classic herbal and grassy character. For the first time, a substantial proportion of grapes were harvested from the winery’s young estate vineyards (nearly 30 percent). Fermented and aged in French oak barrels, 18% new, with biweekly lees stirring. Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Terrific nose, offering a perfume of white rose, pear, white peach, pineapple, spice and a hint of warm straw. Delectable flavors echo the nose with Sauvignon Blanc’s signature grassiness in the background. Slightly creamy in texture with gracious acidity and a floral-embossed finish. This wine is consistently superb in every vintage. My all-time favorite California Sauvignon Blanc it is the one I buy and choose to drink every vintage."

      Prince of Pinot, Jan. 16, 2019

    Read More Acclaim for 2017
    • 94 points

      "Lush and layered with notes of pineapple, peach, and citrus, this is always one of the definitive Sauvignons of California. Rich, creamy, and balanced, it shows abundant notes of vanilla before the long finish."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting panel magazine, January/February 2017

    • "A rich, extremely complex Sauvignon of outstanding quality. It is full bodied, very supple in texture—yet also crisp and very long on the palate, with a very persistent finish, tasting of lime, green apple, pineapple, guava, lemon grass, roasted nut, vanilla, honey, and oak. Remarkable wine. Warrants aging."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2019

    • 94 points

      "The 2017 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc is a head-turning wine by one of Sonoma’s great talents Merry Edwards. The nose takes on really good range with ripe pear, kumquat and nutmeg accents with gooseberry. The texture is light and beautifully layered with vanilla cream, bright pear and pineapple flavors, giving this an exotic edge. Rich and layered, this gorgeous effort will cellar well over the next five to eight years. Drink 2018-2024."

      Dr. Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog, Jan. 9, 2019

    • 94 points

      "I love love LOVE this wine from one of the world’s master winemakers. Merry Edwards is best known for Pinot Noir, but she is certainly equally adept with Sauvignon Blanc. A light touch with oak enhances the complex aroma and flavor profile, adding pleasant weight to the mid palate without compromising acidity. Honeysuckle, melon, lively mixed citrus and touches of yellow cherry and apricot are amazingly well integrated linger into the sunset. I’m told this is Merry’s last vintage of this wine, with retirement knocking. Translation -- run, don’t walk to snap up some of this."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Jan. 8, 2019

    • 93 points

      "I tasted this wine alongside the 2017 from Spottswoode, which offered an illuminating look at two of the top 10 Sauvignon Blancs from the USA (if not the top 5, or even top 2). Both earned the same score, on the strength of entirely different virtues. This is wonderfully juicy and flavorful, with very ripe fruit that recalls melon and tropical fruits above all. There’s plenty of acidity to keep it fresh, but nobody would call it an 'acidic' wine in relation to global norms for this variety. On the contrary, this is among the fruitiest renditions of the grape I’ve ever tasted, and that set would include all the earlier Sauvignon Blancs from Merry Edwards. Indeed, I would only have identified it as Sauvignon at all if I were having a good day for blind tasting, which would be a demerit… if not for the fact the wine is so overwhelmingly delicious."

      Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, Dec. 25, 2018

    • 90 points

      "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."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, April 2019

    • 92 points / First Place

      "Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, floral, citrus, melon, and peach cobbler aroma with hints of kiwi, gooseberry, and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; citrus, white peach, and tropical fruit flavors with zesty acidity, a note of stony minerality, a trace of toasty oak, and a rich, slightly creamy mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now or over the next two to three years. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, February 2019

    • 90 points /

      "Very  much  showing  its  maker’s  penchant  for  riper,  full-flavored Sauvignon  Blancs  and  a  wine  that  tends  to  melony  sweetness while holding the variety’s grassy traits to a quiet minimum, the latest  from  Merry  Edwards  is  a  fairly  mouthfilling  version  that eschews delicacy in favor of juicy richness. It joins those offerings that are more wine than lighter seafoods are up to comfortably handling, but it will shine with spicy crab cakes or roasted chicken finished with a slightly sweet glaze."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, January 2019

    • 91 points

      "Bright and spicy up front, then long, suave and leisurely in the end, this is a layered sauvignon blanc, its depth of flavor apparent below some green-onion reduction. With air, the fruit tones of sweet quince and baked apple emerge, contrasting talc-like acidity. Give it a shake in a decanter, and a bowl of buttery pasta tossed with peas."

      Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2019

    • 90 points

      "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."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2019

    • "A gorgeous sauvignon blanc that reels you in with aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, gardenia, grapefruit and lemon zest. Crisp acidity gives it great backbone. Spot on."

      Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, May 2019

    • "Enticing"

      "For the first time, a substantial proportion of grapes were harvested from Merry Edwards’ own young estate of vineyards — nearly 30%. Fermentation and aging in barrels to allow a richer mouthfeel. Enticing note of perfume and honeysuckle with exotic note of kaffir lime leaves that had a complex finish with minerality and spice."

      Cathrine Todd, Forbes.com, May 23, 2019

    • 90 points

      "This pale straw-colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards is very good and unique. It opens with a mild Bosc pear and nectarine bouquet with hints of Juicy Fruit gum. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty pear and almond blend with notes of mild minerality. We also detected hints of caramel and pineapple. The finish is off-dry and lingers nicely. The Panel thought this Sauvignon Blanc was food friendly. We suggested pairing it with trout amandine and Emeril's crab cakes."

      Ken's Wine Guide, May 9, 2019

  • 2016

    • 93 points

      "Succulent and juicy, with fresh pineapple, marmalade, Key lime and papaya flavors that sing with purity and focus, set on a supple frame and featuring fresh acidity that weaves in and out. For all the intensity, this shows an effortlessness and elegance."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, March 2018

    • 97 points

      "Merry Edwards came to Sauvignon Blanc grudgingly, although early in her career she first gained fame making wine from the so-called Bordeaux grape varieties. But those early successes were mostly red. Since she founded the winery that bears her name, her calling card has been Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, some of the finest in the world. She is known throughout California as the queen of Pinot Noir. Merry's best-kept secret however is her Sauvignon Blanc, one of the two finest Sauvignons made in America. The other is Spottswoode. No one else is even close. Merry makes her Sauvignon in the Bordeaux style, lavishing it with oak. Not to worry. The fruit shines through. The 2016 exhibits enticing aromas of white peach, tangerine and tropical fruits. There's a kiss of wood spice, too. On the palate this Sauvignon is rich and luscious, with mouth-watering acidity and truly remarkable length for a Sauvignon. The same wine made in Bordeaux (yes, it's that kind of quality) would set you back $100 or more, so there's value, too."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan 2, 2018

    • 93 points

      "Merry Edwards is a genius of a winemaker.  She makes fabulous Pinot Noir as well as this under-the-radar Sauvignon Blanc.  Well, it won’t be under the radar for long because she’s been excelling at this variety for years -- and the 2016 continues her streak, as far as I’m concerned.  It’s a fabulous combination:  A hint of pungency, some herbal minty notes and lively freshness in the finish.  Then you notice a creamy element -- where did that come from?  Her Sauvignon Blanc is more in the complex layered tradition of fine white Bordeaux than the straightforward Sancerre rendition.  I don’t often think $36 for Sauvignon Blanc is a bargain, but this one is."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Dec. 5, 2017

    Read More Acclaim for 2016
    • 90 points

      "The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc gives up notions of green apples and freshly squeezed lemons with hints of lime zest, wild thyme and pea pods. The palate is medium-bodied and wonderfully tangy in the mouth with a lively backbone and herbal-laced finish."

      Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018

    • 92 points / Second Place

      "Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, citrus, melon, and white peach aroma with tropical notes and hints of jasmine and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; stylish, citrus and
      tropical fruit flavors with bright acidity, a note of stony minerality, and a slight creaminess in the silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very pleasing to drink now, though also worthy of a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, December 2017

    • 92 points

      "Ms. Edwards’s Sauvignon Blancs are typically among the richest around, and the 2016 edition gives full voice to the winery’s riper, weightier style. It begins with complete, abundantly fruity aromas of key limes and green melons that are enriched by a soft trim of creamy oak and follows with very deep, like-minded flavors that eschew varietal grassiness while intimating Chardonnay in their scale and richness. It is, withal, succulent, full-flavored stuff, and, if a little too much for a platter of fresh oysters, it will make lovely drinking with the likes of savory salmon recipes or a juicy, roasted chicken."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, January 2018

    • 94 points

      "I for one am thankful that Merry Edwards gives the same care and attention to her Sauvignon Blanc that she gives the red side of the house — you can’t always drink Pinot Noir, right?  There’s a creamy crispness here that rings my bells, with melon, citrus, and a faint touch of grass, all refreshing and deliciously lingering long.  One of the top domestic Sauvignon Blancs."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018

    • 94 points

      "Smooth, lush nose; silky and rich with crisp, tangy acidity and elegant, ripe flavors of citrus with notes of creamy vanilla and oak; long, balanced and complex."

      Anthony Dias-Blue, Blue Lifestyle, December 2017

    • 90 points

      "Sublime in texture, all smooth and velvety contours, this fruit-forward wine has a medium-bodied frame rich and ripe in white peach and vanilla. The peach turns to guava and mango as it develops additional fleshy creaminess in the glass."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

    • "Remarkable Sauvignon Blanc — among the greatest from California. It is voluptuous in style, very complex in flavor, and yet well balanced, with a long palate impression, and an extremely long finish. In aroma/ flavor, it tastes of pear, lime, lemon, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, vanilla, and grapefruit."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, July 2018

    • / Wine of the Week

      "This is a gorgeous sauvignon blanc, lush yet balanced. It has grassy aromas, with a hint of lemon zest, and on the palate, notes of grapefruit, mineral and tangerine. It’s complex and then finishes crisp. Impressive."

      Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, January 2018

  • 2015

    • "Sauvignon Blanc for the Saavy: A Global Guide to 10 Top Bottles"

      No. 1 on Lettie Teague's Top 10 list: "Merry Edwards, famous for her Pinot Noirs, also makes a lush barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. She began barrel fermenting this varietal back in the 1970s—to make it 'more interesting.' She succeeded." Read the full article here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/sauvignon-blanc-for-the-savvy-a-global-guide-to-10-top-bottles-1495127031?shareToken=stc43aa05b9a284b44bfc1bc20e73c5b8d&reflink=article_email_share

      Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2017

    • 93 points

       

      "Supple and elegant up front, revealing layers of dried mango, honeysuckle, ripe melon and vivid peach flavors, all set on a creamy body, with plenty of pop from acidity. Finishes on an orange Creamsicle note."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, March 2017

    • 97 points

       

      "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."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Nov. 22, 2016

    Read More Acclaim for 2015
    • 92 points: First Place

       

      "Medium-light yellow; attractive, forward, citrus , melon, and white peach aroma with floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle, and a touch of oak; medium to medium-full body; elegant, fleshy, citrus, melon, and stone fruit flavors with a note of minerality and a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Typical of their style. ... Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, January 2017

    • "Top California Sauvignon Blanc"

       

      Vivino names Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc among the top wines in the category in its 2017 Wine Style Awards: https://www.vivino.com/wineries/merry-edwards-wines/wines/russian-river-valley-sauvignon-blanc-2015

      Vivino, January 2017

    • 95 points

       

      "Few people get excited about Sauvignon Blanc as they do about other varietal wines.  For those skeptics, it’s time to taste Merry Edwards’ version.  This is an exciting wine that defies easy categorization.  There’s the bite of Sauvignon Blanc, to be sure, but there’s a creaminess and suaveness that suggests a Bordeaux-like blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.  As you try to decide exactly what it is, it changes and becomes even more captivating.  Ripe and forthright, proclaiming its California origins, it is balanced and by no means overdone.  Great acidity keeps it lively and your palate wanting more.  Wow!"

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 1, 2017

    • 92 points

       

      "Rich flavors of dense fruit, spice and creamy texture; deep and juicy with nice depth and excellent balance."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Somm Journal, February 2017

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      "Very fine Sauvignon, with intense, refined character (peach, lime, papaya, guava, orange blossom, fig, melon, sweet pepper), supple texture, firm acidity, and a very long finish. Very persistent aftertaste. Warrants modest aging."

      Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017

    • 90 points

       

      "Merry Edwards, known best for her Pinot Noir, says this variety is a comparative joy. She bolsters the wine with Sauvignon Musqué and oak aging to build a richly creamy and full expression, marked by moderate acidity. Lemon meringue, peach and vanilla flavors add to its viscosity and sultry power."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

    • 91 points

      "This pale straw colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards opens with a very faint banana and delicate cantaloupe bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, round and rich for a Sauvignon Blanc. The flavor profile is a mild vanilla and cream soda blend with a hint of lime, melon, and honey. The finish is dry and fades away nicely. This Sauvignon Blanc is versatile and very food friendly. The Panel suggested pairing it with grilled swordfish or seared scallops. Enjoy!"

      Ken's Wine Guide, May 25, 2017

    • "The 25 Best Wines from California for Summer"

      "Could this be the best sauvignon blanc produced in America? Many fans of this legendary winemaker think so. Edwards combines solid, longstanding vineyard contracts with intimate knowledge of Sonoma’s quirks and climate hiccups to produce consistently great wine. It’s highly floral: hibiscus, orange blossom, honeysuckle, jasmine, with hints of tropical fruit. During the memorable finish, crème brûlée and toasted hazelnuts float over a wet stone backdrop." See the article here: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/23/the-25-best-wines-from-california-for-summer-sipping/

      Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, June 23, 2017

  • 2014

    • No. 17 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2016

       

      December 2016

    • 93 points

       

      "Succulent, lush and rich, with fleshy mango, melon and peach flavors up front, leading to a core of pineapple, lemon and honeysuckle notes. The smoky edge and nervy acidity weave in and out, giving this a fresh finish."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, Feb. 17, 2016

    • 90 points

       

      "The beautiful 2014 Sauvignon Blanc shows copious quantities of melons, a touch of honeysuckle, crisp, fresh acid and a touch of wet-rock minerality. It is floral, medium-bodied and loaded with fruit, all good characteristics."

      Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016

    • "The Holiday Wine Wheel: May 8, Mother's Day"

       

      "Get your mother something from a great woman winemaker, like the 2014 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc."

      Ray Isle, Food & Wine magazine, March 15, 2016

    • 92 points / first place

       

      "Medium-light yellow color; attractive, assertive, citrus and white peach aroma with floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; rich, layered, citrus and stone fruit flavors with tropical notes, some stony minerality, and a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Shows elegance and hints of some complexity yet to come, deserving another year or two of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."

      Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, February 2016

    • 90 points

       

      "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."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2016

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      "This sauvignon blanc is incredibly aromatic and it also has complexity and depth. It has gorgeous fruit and impeccable balance. Well crafted. Knockout."

      Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, May 15, 2016

    • 93 points

       

      "With more creaminess than bite, Merry Edwards’s expression of Sauvignon Blanc is reminiscent of white Bordeaux rather than Sancerre.  Long and refined, it’s a seductive wine with a glossy texture accented by a touch of electricity that reminds you it is, in fact, Sauvignon Blanc. This classy wine shows just how talented a producer Merry Edwards is -- her Sauvignon Blanc is as distinctive as her Pinot Noirs."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, May 17, 2016

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      "Exceptional Sauvignon in a full, ripe, crisp, complex style. It is supple and intensely flavored on the palate, well balanced, lightly oaked, and very long and persistent on the finish, tasting of lime, lemon grass, peach, vanilla, roasted nut, and oak. Warrants modest aging."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

    • 91 points

       

      "Deep varietal fruit and creamy texture mark this subtley oaked Sauv Blanc from a master winemaker."

      Anthony Dias Blue. Tasting Panel magazine, March 2016

    • "Perfect pairings: Wines for your ... Easter table"

       

      "This forthright Sauvignon Blanc has a Mediterranean personality without the kiwi and green-grass notes found in most. Instead, the fruit is focused, with lush honeyed melon, nectarine jam and viscous Meyer lemon layered with a soft stroke of pink grapefruit."

      W. Peter Hoyne, Sun-Times Media, March 2016

    • "Highly Distinctive and Likely to be Memorable"

       

      "Very much hewing to the richer, optimally ripened style that is expected from its maker, this generously fruited offering is long on juicy, melon-like fruit and stands apart from those that are leaner and more forcefully grassy. It is moderately full-bodied and fairly supple as Sauvignon Blancs go with a hint of sweetness to its ample, very deep flavors, yet it is nicely balanced and gets a brightening lift from neatly integrated acidity. It is, however, a wine whose obvious richness directs it to appropriately flavorful foods, and it will succeed handily in situations more typically calling for Chardonnay."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to Californa Wines, August 2016

  • 2013

    • 93 points

       

      "Light, smooth and lovely, with succulent white peach, pear, citrus and melon flavors that really sing with purity, showing juicy acidity and complexity. Whiffs of mango and white flowers complete the picture."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator "Insider," June 24, 2015

    • 95 points

       

      "This is the genius of Merry Edwards for all the world to see. The Grand Dame of California Pinot Noir also has a deft hand with Sauvignon Blanc. I would even venture to say her RRV Sauvignon is routinely among the top five Sauvignons made in America. The 2013 is remarkably complex, destroying the conventional wisdom that Sauvignons are simple and uninteresting over time. This vintage exhibits notes of white peach, tangerine, lemon oil, lime zest, orange blossom and an intriguing spice note. With mouth-watering acidity and nervy minerality, it is a Sauvignon that is alive and appealing and extremely genuine. Brilliant!"

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 10, 2015

    • 93 points

       

      "Merry Edwards brings us her completely unique take on California Sauvignon Blanc with the 2013 bottling.  Mixed citrus and spice aromas are complimented by white flowers and lemon beebrush leaf. Zesty and viscous on the palate, with a citrus and mineral focus in the finish. Complexity that makes its individual parts so readily apparent is a rare thing in the wine world. This would be a great wine to share with someone who wonders how wine writers can sense so many different things in a glass."

      Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, Feb. 15, 2015

    • First place; 92 points

       

      "Light yellow color; very attractive, assertive, complex, herbal, floral, moderately grassy, white peach and passion fruit aroma with hints of lime zest, orange blossom, and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; crisp, grassy, melon and stone fruit flavors with bright acidity, good depth, and some richness in the silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Elegantly styled and nicely balanced, and should reward several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.

      Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, February 2015

    • "Wines you have to try"

       

      KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David takes a trip to Russian River Valley and sings the praises of Merry's Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/13/narsai-david-heading-to-the-russian-river-valley-for-merry-edward-wines/

      Narsai David, KCBS Radio, March 13, 2015

    • 90 points

       

      "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."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015

    • 92 points

       

      "Made in the very rich, fruit-forward style that we have come to expect from Ms. Edwards, this latest in a lengthy string of Sauvignon Blanc successes is a generous, wonderfully well-filled wine that smacks lightly of fennel, fresh herbs and sorrel while focusing first and foremost on ripe melons and citrus. It is relatively full-bodied as Sauvignons go but neatly avoids any sensation of excess, and its deep and expansive flavors build and build en route to an involving, terrifically sustained, many-layered finish."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 2015

    • "Best of the Best"

       

      "Nicely perfumed floral nose, ripe, mineral/earthy, citric lime, mouthwatering, with delicious peach finish."

      Quarterly Review of Wines, " 33rd Annual Best of the Best," August 2015

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      "A complex sauvignon blanc that manages to be both crisp and rich. Tropical, with citrus notes and great minerality. Notes of guava, peach and lime zest. Lovely."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 25, 2015

    • "Wine of the Week"

       

      "Sauvignon Blanc mostly isn’t oak-aged. Merry Edwards’ style has been to gain depth and richness for the variety by barrel-aging. This is perhaps Merry’s best ever version, with gorgeous but subtle varietal notes of tangerine and peach, layers of depth from lees stirring and barrel fermentation, and more complexity than most Chardonnays! Not for everyone, but a fascinating alternative style.”

      Dan Berger, Vintage Experiences, April 9, 2015

    • 90 points

       

      "This pale straw colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards is very good. Everyone on the panel enjoyed it. It opens with a faint Bartlett pear bouquet with a hint of vanilla. We also detected some tropical scents along with hints of lychee. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and easy going. The flavor profile is a tasty pear with hints of lychee, mild minerality and green apple. The finish is dry and its flavors last for quite a while. The panel suggested pairing this crowd pleasing and food friendly Sauvignon Blanc with broiled halibut or Chilean sea bass."

      Ken's Wine Guide, May 14, 2015

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      "Exceptional Sauvignon in a full, ripe, crisp, complex style. It is supple and intensely flavored on the palate, well balanced, lightly oaked, and very long and persistent on the finish, tasting of lime, lemon grass, peach, vanilla, roasted nut, and oak. Warrants modest aging."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, August 2015

    • "7 California Sauvignon Blancs to Beat the September Heat"

       

      "One of the most highly coveted clones of sauvignon blanc is the rich and aromatic sauvignon musqué. In this Merry Edwards wine, sauvignon musqué clocks in at fifty-three percent of the blend. The wine smells of acacia blossoms, anise and chaparral. On the tongue, it oozes juicy pear, honeydew and grapefruit."

      Bryce Wiatrak, 7x7.com, Sept. 10, 2015

    • Wines to Celebrate the Season

       

      "Merry Edwards, one of the grandes dames of California wine making, has produced her favorite white varietal, sauvignon blanc, since 2001. Barrel fermented with six months in French oak, this age-worthy wine is reminiscent of a white Bordeaux — but is so California with its medley of ripe fruit. A barrage of tropical fruit flavors culminates in a creamy finish with zesty acidity."

      Rebecca Davidson, Reno Gazette-Journal, Dec. 18, 2015

    • Top California Sauvignon Blancs

       

      The 2016 Vivino Wine Style Awards names 2013 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc a top wine in the category: https://www.vivino.com/wineries/merry-edwards-wines/wines/2384925-russian-river-valley-sauvignon-blanc-2013#user-reviews

      Vivino.com, February 2016

  • 2012

    • 91 points

       

      "Shows wonderful purity and focus to the honeydew melon, passion fruit, lime and pear flavors, with floral and mineral details. The texture is succulent and smooth, finishing with a bright acidity."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, Feb. 25, 2014

    • 96 points

       

      "There is no doubt Merry Edwards is the reigning queen of California Pinot Noir. But the lady doesn't simply rest on her laurels; she also makes one of the finest Sauvignon Blancs, if not the finest Sauvignon Blanc, in the entire United States. ... This vintage is a stunner, exhibiting complex aromas of peach and citrus, with floral overtones. It is well balanced, precise and utterly delicious."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, December 2013

    • "Beautifully crafted wine"

       

      "Moderate straw color and clear in the glass. Perfumed with lychee and floral notes, tasting of fresh melon, pear and pink grapefruit, and laced with bright acidity, this wine is highly versatile at the table. This beautifully crafted wine has none of the unpleasant grassiness found in many Sauvignon Blancs. One of my top two California Sauvignon Blancs."

      Prince of Pinot, June 23, 2013

    • 92 points

       

      "(A)ttractive, fragrant, slightly toasty, melon and white peach aroma with light grassy notes and hints of orange blossoms and vanilla ... fleshy, melon and stone fruit flavors with a trace of minerality and a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, October 2013

    • 93 points

       

      "I’ve had so many excellent vintages of Merry Edwards’ Sauvignon Blanc that I should no longer be surprised.  But I am because I still associate her with stellar Pinot Noir and only few producers anywhere in the world show their talents with both grapes.  She now numbers among them.  It delivers an elegant balance of a creamy lanolin texture combined with the pleasant pungency you’d expect from Sauvignon Blanc.  What is unexpected is the sophistication and class of this wine."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, December 2013

    • 92 points

       

      "This straw colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards was the clear winner in our first big blind tasting. It opens with a mild melon and faint honey like bouquet with hints of butter and oak. On the palate this wine is full bodied, balanced, creamy, and rich. The flavor profile is a tasty green melon with notes of banana and lemon. The finish is dry and its flavors last for quite some time."

      KensWineGuide.com, May 2014

    • 91 points

       

      "Although most noted as a producer of fine Pinot, Ms. Edwards clearly knows what she is doing with Sauvignon Blanc as well, and this latest is a very rich, deeply filled version that is simply brimming with juicy, young, ripe melon fruit. Along the way, it hints at freshly cut grass, citrus and a mildly flinty note, and, if fairly mouthfilling, it is exceptionally well-balanced and buoyant right to the end. It is thoroughly delicious right now, but it has all of the right pieces in place to get even better if set aside for several more years."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 2014

    • "Top Picks from North Bay Restaurant Wine Lists"

       

      "A gorgeous wine with lovely notes of honeydew, melon and mineral. This sauvignon blanc is sassy and it has lift; that’s what gives it such great appeal. Crisp acidity. Zesty finish. The Restaurant at Applewood in Guerneville recently had this sauvignon blanc on its wine list."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sept. 15, 2015

    • Dean Tudor, World Wine Watch, Writer's Circle of Canada

  • 2011

    • 97 points

       

      "(A)  round, rich, intense sauvignon blanc that could easily pass for a legendary Bordeaux blanc such as Domaine de Chevalier. There is a strong note of lychee and pear, with hints of spice, and a creamy texture on the palate. It's difficult to remember a better California sauvignon than this one."

      Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, April 2013

    • 94 points

       

      "Does Merry Edwards ever make a less than terrific wine?  I don’t think so.  Though best known for her sumptuous yet elegant Pinot Noir, she’s no stranger to working with Sauvignon Blanc having made some stellar ones at Matanzas Creek Winery decades ago.  Her 2011 has a gorgeous creamy complexity that gives it a Bordeaux-like feel and richness.  Uplifting acidity offsets its luxurious texture.  Its length speaks to its grandeur.   This is refined Sauvignon Blanc that shows that, in the right hands, that grape can make stunningly good wine."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, April 2, 2013

    • 92 points

       

      "Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, slightly grassy, grapefruit and ripe pear aroma with light toasty notes and hints of lychee, fig, and vanilla ... herbal, supple, slightly grassy, white peach and pear flavors with bright acidity, a trace of creamy oak, and a silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, July 2013

    • 91 points

       

      "An aromatic white, with toasty, smoky notes up front that give way to peach blossom and honeysuckle details, balancing the ripe peach and nectarine flavors. Features firm acidity, a smooth body and a very spicy finish."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2013

    • 93 points

       

      "Ms. Edwards's perennially successful Sauvignon Blancs typically claim a place at the very head of the class, and, in what was for many a difficult year, the 2011 shines once again. It is a deep and well-balanced approach to the grape that is lively and long on juicy, melon-like fruit with hard-to-miss herbaceousness and complementary oak completing a very rich and fairly complex picture. While an easy-to-taste wine, it is also a serious one, and it has all the right pieces to be an age-worthy Sauvignon that is worth seeking out."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, October 2013

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      "This complex sauvignon blanc is layered with notes of grapefruit, fig and pear. Lightly toasted. Hint of minerality. Knockout."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 13, 2013

    • 90 points
      "Smooth and ripe with creamy texture and lush, ripe flavors of fruit, spice with hints of oak; mellow, rich and deep; long and balanced."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine, May 2013

    • 91 points

       

      "This almost clear colored Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards was one of our top choices in our recent blind tasting. It opens with a mild lime and gentle grapefruit bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, very refined, elegant, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a very tasty gentle green melon with hints of grapefruit, lemon and vanilla oak. The finish is dry and drifts away nicely."

      Ken's Wine Guide, May 2013

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      "Rich and supple in style, this Sauvignon is intensely flavored, very long on the palate, and persistent on the finish. It tastes of apricot, lemon grass, pineapple, guava, toast, and lime. Combines depth and fruit, with modest oak complexity. Exceptional."

      Restaurant Wine, December 2012

  • 2010

    • 92 points / No. 1 Sauvignon Blanc

       

      "Smooth and silky, with spicy details of nutmeg and quince joined by pure, ripe honeydew melon and cantaloupe flavors. Pear, lemon zest and apricot notes are elegant, lithe, and wonderfully juicy on the finish."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, April 23, 2012

    • 91 points

       

      Wine Enthusiast, February 2012 issue

    • 95 points

       

      "Merry Edwards is best known for her stunning Pinot Noir.  Soon she will be known for stunning Pinot Noir and stunning Sauvignon Blanc.  Those who feel Sauvignon Blanc is never suave and sophisticated need to try this wine.  The combination of a hint of the bite of Sauvignon Blanc and its palate-coating cream-like texture is captivating.  The Yin Yang impression keeps you coming back for more.  This is a gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc."

      Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, November 2011

    • 93 points

       

      "This pale yellow colored wine rocked the tasting panel and clearly won our recent blind tasting of Sauvignon Blancs. It opens with a very mild peach bouquet with a hint of banana. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, very well balanced, and creamy. The flavor profile is a delicious mild Bartlett pear and gentle green melon blend. I also detected a hint of vanilla. The finish is dry, elegant, and refined. The panel suggested drinking this one on its own. However, it would also go well with rich foods like lobster bisque or lobster risotto."

      Ken's Wine Guide, May 23, 2012

    • 93 points / Very Highly Recommended

       

      "Attractive, slightly buttery, floral, melon and peach aroma with hints of grapefruit and a trace of minerality; medium-full body; fairly rich and fleshy in the mouth with a silky mouthfeel and flavors of melon, white peach, citrus, and sweet oak; lingering aftertaste. A very appealing and stylish wine with some complexity and elegance."

      California Grapevine, Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012 issue

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      Michael Pinkus, The Grape Guy, Nov. 8, 2011

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      "A zesty Sauvignon Blanc. ... Great acid. Crisp. Lingering finish. Striking."

      Peg Melnik, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jan. 11, 2012

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      "Supple and full bodied, this is a ripely flavored, well balanced wine with a long finish. It has pineapple, peach, apple, lemon grass and roasted nut aromas/flavors. Outstanding."

      Restaurant Wine, July 2012

  • 2009

    • No. 28 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011

       

      November 2011

    • No. 1 Sauvignon Blanc

       

      Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc "demonstrates the complexity of this grape in the right hands, showing rich textures and plenty of aromatics while remaining juicy and refreshing."

      "MaryAnn Worobiec's Recommended California Sauvignon Blancs,"
      Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2011
    • 93 points

       

      "Extremely complex, with layers of honeysuckle, apricot, peach, lemon curd, mineral and nectarine that are rich, fleshy, ripe and very generous, with a wonderful juicy acidity and plenty of aromatics. The terrific finish just lingers on and on. Drink now through 2016."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, June 15, 2011

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      "Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves. Ripe, succulent, snappy, crisp, melon and apple flavors."

      Quarterly Review of Wines, Summer 2011

    • "Sauvignon Blanc for Springtime"

       

      "Rich and beautifully structured, reminiscent of kiwi and ripe citrus, hint of lime, just a touch of sweet white fruit."

      Dick Rosano, "Weekly Wine Picks," April 19, 2011

    • No. 9 Sauvignon Blanc

       

      Merry Edwards was named No. 9 Sauvignon Blanc in Wine & Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual Restaurant Poll.

      Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2011

    • 95 Points

       

      “(A)fter several consecutive excellent vintages, Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc must be ranked among the top five or so Sauvignons in California, perhaps even in the entire United States. The 2009 vintage is yet another winner in the line of exceptional Sauvignons from this iconic producer, who is best known for her robust Pinot Noirs. Stylistically, the Merry Edwards Sauvignon resembles an upper-tier Bordeaux blanc. ... This is that rare Sauvignon that exhibits layers of aroma — from lemon and lime to grapefruit and white peach — and a voluptuous mid-palate that is juicy and rich. The wine has exceptional balance and tremendous persistence of flavor and length.”

      Robert Whitley, Creators.com, March 1, 2011

    • "Luscious"

       

      "This wine has lush aromas of ripe peaches and tropical fruits. Think pineapple as a backnote with mouthfilling flavors of rich, ripe fruit with a lot of balanced structure. This is a serious wine that deserves something like a rich lobster dish. Of course the mouth watering and lingering fruit flavors will also make this the perfect aperitif before dinner."
      Hear the full review here: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/

      KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David, Jan 7, 2011

    • 94 Points, No. 5 of 2010

       

      Merry Edwards' "2009 Sauvignon Blanc shows a lot of the positive qualities of the previous vintages; however I find the minerality and acidity in this version more appealing. Lush green apple, lemon and hints of crème brulee/vanilla custard are apparent both in the aromas and on the palate. Joining them on the palate is a generous amount of stone fruit. Much of the complexity of aromas and flavor comes from the carefully selected fruit from the Sauvignon Musque clones used. In my opinion, the best white wine for the price, period!"

      Senel Wine's Top 10 of 2010, Erol Senel, Dec. 20, 2010

    • Best Sauvignon Blanc Over $20

      "One of California's surest hands with Pinot Noir, Edwards also makes this perfumed, arresting Sauvignon. Assembled from several Russian River Valley vineyards -- some planted to the aromatic Musque clone -- the wine combines tangerine and peach with Musque's hard-to-define, not-quite-honeysuckle aroma."

      2010 Food & Wine Magazine American Wine Awards, October 2010

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      "A juicy Sauvignon Blanc with a creamy texture. Aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, apple and vanilla. Lingering finish."

      Peg Melnik, The Press Democrat, Feb. 2, 2011

    • 92 Points

       

      "Proof that Merry Edwards marches to her own inner drummer; ripe and lush with leesy notes and creamy texture; rich and juicy with layers of flavor and a firm core of acidity; long, balanced and nuanced."

      Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, March 2011

    • "Buy-a-case worthy"

      "With this wine, Merry Edwards has done the impossible: made me fall back in love with oak for whites. ... I am in love with this wine. ... At $30 a bottle, this wine is buy-a-case worthy."

      "He Sipped, She Sipped" wine blog on Chicago Now, Evelyn Lauer, Aug. 5, 2010

    • 3.5 Stars

      Gothic Epicures VinCuisine, Dean Tudor, Tasting at Vertical in Toronto, June 2, 2010

    • 93 Points

      "This wine was a revelation to me and quite the best Sauvignon I've tasted out of Sonoma. Straw coloured with a grassy, passion fruit nose; creamy palate with flavours of vanilla, peach and passion fruit; lovely integration of oak, great mouth feel and lingering on the palate."

      Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, June 2, 2010

    • 93 Points

       

      Wine Enthusiast

    • 91 Points

       

      "This classic Sauvignon Blanc from Merry Edwards is very pale yellow colored and opens with a faint pear bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild lime with a hint of vanilla oak and green apple. The finish is dry and very enjoyable."

      Ken’s Wine Guide, Jan. 25, 2011

    • 91 Points

       

      "(A) very rich and fully expressed Sauvignon that exhibits a wealth of ripe, melony fruit juxtaposed with ample elements of fresh grass, sorrel and sweet lemons. ... while it has the balance to keep for a few years, it is wholly and thoroughly tasty right now."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 2011

  • 2008

    • 94 Points

      "This newest rendition of a perennial CGCW favorite assumes its accustomed place at the head of the pack. It displays a rewarding sense of richness beneath its engaging freshness with elements of Crenshaw melons and green figs set against tailored oak spice and complimentary herbaceousness. It confirms the notion that Sauvignon Blanc is capable of real sophistication and class, and its combination of balance and polish promises to keep it in fine shape for years to come."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, February 2010

    • 91 Points

      "Merry Edwards consistently makes one of the cleanest, freshest sauvignons from her Russian River Valley grapes. This vintage is filled with honeyed citrus scents, lemon curd and fresh-cut apple flavors that last. It's round enough for veal sausages roasted with apples."

      Wine & Spirits Magazine, April, 2010

    • 93 Points

      "Effusively fragrant, with honeysuckle, apple blossom, peach and ripe melon flavors that are delicious, ripe and extremely mouthwatering, with an acidity that dances along the rich, creamy texture."

      MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, Hot Wines, May 5, 2010

    • Wine of the Week

      "A rich sauvignon blanc that has some interesting tropical notes. Grassy, with aromas and flavors of melon, guava, lemon, vanilla and spice. Long finish."

      Peg Melnik - The Press Democrat, January 6, 2010

    • 91 Points

      "Aromatic citrus and peachy fruit; subtle and elegant with great depth and a long finish showing minerals and charming floral notes."

      Anthony Dias Blue Reviews - The Tasting Panel, December 2009

    • 95 Points
      "Wow! This may be the best Sauvignon Blanc that I have covered in years. I was not alone with this thought. There were several tasters that agreed! It is a light yellow colored wine that opens with a traditional Sauvignon Blanc bouquet of mild grapefruit with a hint of lime. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very well balanced and creamy. The flavor profile is a delicious complex blend of light lime and mild green melon with a touch of oak and mild grapefruit. It finishes dry, yet it is mouthwatering."

      KensWineGuide.com, Dec. 22, 2009

    • Rich but Balanced

      "At $30 (the price offered at the winery), this rich but balanced sauvignon is like no other. Fully barrel fermented, it is lush and opulent while refreshing, showing notes of honeydew melon, pear, pineapple, vanilla and a touch of orange."

      Edward Deitch, MSNBC.com, November 11, 2009

    • The Most Unique

      "This is the most unique Sauvignon Blanc I have had. Due to the lush acidity and supple body, this will pair terrifically with any seafood. Personally, the seafood dish picked should be very clean and possibly offer a light citrus sauce to fully compliment this wine. Wine Spectator is yet to rate the 2008, but when/if they do I am sure it will have another terrific rating. To me, this wine is a classic. It will certainly age very well for about 5-7 years due to its crafting and natural traits. I rate this wine 95 points, because it is the best white wine I have ever had."

      senelwine.blogspot.com, September 2009

    • An absolute winner

      "Next up on the Russian River wine tour of the weekend was Merry Edwards. For those not in the know, she is a legendary maker of Sauvignon Blanc and we’ve looked forward to tasting her wines since moving the the West Coast a few years back... Let me just say that this was MORE than worth the wait. As a group I’d say we walked out of there with no less than 3-4 cases of this wine which finally sold me on the varietal. I always find them to be a little too summery and fruity, but this one had all the makings of a good Sauvignon with that fruity, clean taste, but with the big backbone of a well barreled Chardonnay. ... An absolute winner."

      Our Daily Red, August 2009

    • One of the finest white wines

      "Over the years, there have been a few sauvignon blancs from California I've liked, but none ever came close to those made by Merry Edwards. … Beginning with the 2001 vintage, her first signature sauvignon blanc, have been recognized as truly world-class and the 2005, 2006, and 2007 scored particularly well with the critics. … The (2008) has not yet been reviewed by the major critics, but it confirmed my belief that sauvignon when grown from the best clone in the right soil and made in the style of the best of Loire sauvignon blanc, they can be as rich and complex as the greatest white wines in the world… I would place this as one of the top three sauvignon's produced in the world (along with Didier Dagueneau and Peter Michael) and at half to a third of the price of the best! It's not often that I recommend a wine this strongly, but I think this is one of the finest white wines I have ever tasted and deserves a place in your cellar and on your table. ."

      Naples Wine News, June 2009

    • Volcanic eruption of tropical fruit and blossoms

      "The highly acclaimed Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc is no ordinary version of this popular varietal. The 2006 was ranked 37th in Wine Spectator’s “Top 100 Wines of 2008.” James Laube of Wine Spectator wrote about the 2007, “… the greatest Sauvignon Blanc that I have ever had from anywhere.” I’m not one to argue. The 2008 model is a volcanic eruption of tropical fruit and blossoms — a masterful use of oak — no spit bucket needed."

      Crush and Press, June 2, 2009

  • 2007

    • Wine Spectator - Top 100 Wines of 2009

      "2007 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley ranked 9 with a score of 96."

      Wine Spectator, Winter, 2009

    • Highest-scoring Sauvignon Blanc yet

      "California Sauvignon Blanc is thriving—the spectrum of styles available is broader than ever, prices are attractive, and many of the best bottlings remain easy to find. More importantly, the wines just keep getting better and better, and this year's report includes the highest-scoring Sauvignon Blanc yet from the Golden State, the Merry Edwards Russian River Valley 2007 (96 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, $29)."

      MaryAnne Worobiec - Wine Spectator, Aug. 31, 2009

    • Refreshing

      "Although past recognition has focused primarily on irresistibly sophisticated reds, this marks the second year that we have chosen to honor Edwards for her only white wine, a sublime Sauvignon Blanc. Modeled on the style of Sauvignon Blanc that she made as the winemaker for Matanzas Creek Winery, the Merry Edwards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley exhibits refreshing honeydew melon and pear fruit – in this case, spiked with hints of limoncello and mace that carry on through the finish."

      Robb Report - Best of the Best, June 2009

    • 96 Points

      "A rocket beam of vibrancy, with effusive honeysuckle notes, ripe honeydew melon, citrus, pear and apricot flavors that have amazing structure, depth and body. Ripe flavors end with a mouthwatering finish, where the mineral and spice details echo on and on."

      MaryAnne Worobiec - Wine Spectator, May 31, 2009

    • An Explosive Sauvignon Blanc

      "The wine's aromas exploded from the glass, even with just the tasting pour—tangerine, honeysuckle, spices, honey. It was full-bodied, yet vibrant acidity kept it lively and focused. The bold flavors ranged from tart, juicy citrus to ripe, tropical fruit to sweet oak... It's an impressive effort, and evidence of the character this grape can show in the hands of a skilled winemaker."

      Thomas Matthews - WineSpectator.com, Feb. 12, 2009

    • An Amazing California Sauvignon Blanc

      "...the greatest Sauvignon Blanc I've ever had from anywhere ... the 2007 Sauvignon from Russian River Valley had just about everything you could hope for with this grape. It's amazingly concentrated, fresh, vibrant, complex, marked by distinctive quince, citrus, sweet pea, melon and herb, plus subtle spicy nuances that I suspect came from oak. Can't say I was surprised when the bag came off, since the past two vintages of Merry Edwards' Sauvignon Blanc have earned 93 and 92-point ratings. This one is even better, which is about as strong an endorsement for a wine that I can make ... Wow."

      James Laube - WineSpectator.com, Jan. 16, 2009

    • 92 Points

      "This glimmering white gold colored wine was very well received by our mini tasting panel. It opens with a very attractive gooseberry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and is very well balanced between its acidity and fruit. It is quite tasty and displays light lime and green apple flavors. The finish is dry, crisp, and refreshing. It also lingers quite some time for a Sauvignon Blanc."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Jan. 14, 2009

    • Sauvignon Blanc of the Year

      "Pale gold hue with a glint of copper. Forward, herbaceous aromas emitting fresh-cut grass and basil with white grapefruit and lime zest undertones. Produced primarily from the sauvignon musqué clone and fully barrel fermented, this Sauv imparts a plethora of bright flavors including fig, cantaloupe, white peach and a lasting white grapefruit impression that resonates on the finish. A masterful offering that fully deserves top billing."

      The Wine News Magazine, December 2008-January 2009

    • 90 Points

      "Medium-light yellow; attractive, floral, moderately grassy, tropical fruit aroma with a note of citrus; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, supple, slightly toasty, citrussy, kiwi and white peach flavors with bright acidity; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

      California Grapevine, December 2008-January 2009

    • 92 points

      "Russian River sauvignon is vastly underrated...in large part because the pinots from the region are so successful and sauvignon is in short supply. The good ones, however, are very, very good. Merry Edwards uses a fair amount of wood to make her sauvignon, yet the fruit shines through. The '07 offers complex aromas of citrus, stone fruit and melon, with a very subtle hint of vanillin. It is well balanced and delicious."

      Robert Whitley - Wine Talk, Dec. 16, 2008

    • 91.4 Points

      Community Tasting

      Cellartracker.com, Nov. 5, 2008

    • Worth every penny

      “Winemaker Merry Edwards is most associated with Pinot Noir.  She makes several different ones, all terrific.  But Edwards also makes one of the best California Sauvignon Blancs I’ve ever tasted, maybe THE best.  Produced with Russian River Valley fruit, it has bright acidity with lots of citrus and tropical flavors.  Even thought it’s a bit pricy for a California Sauvignon Blanc ($29), it’s worth every penny.

      Sam Gugino’s SAM COOKS Newsletter, July 2008

  • 2006

    • Sauvignon Blanc #37

      Wine Spectator’s 2008 Top 100 At A Glance

      Our Annual Roundup of the Year's Most Exciting Wine

    • Top Ten Sauvignons of the Year

      "Green-gold hue. Complex scents of oak, pear and pineapple. Sweet, juicy flavors of peach and pear. Crisp acidity and layers of golden pineapple and nectarine in the finish."

      The Wine News Magazine, December 2008-January 2009

    • 90.5 Points

      Community Tasting

      Cellartracker.com, November 4, 2008

    • 93 Points
      TOP WINES

      “Distinctive, with rich melon, peach and nectarine flavors that are fleshy, spicy and complex.  Ripe, elegant and focused.”

      Wine Spectator, August 31, 2008

    • Highly Recommended

      The Savvy Shopper

    • 93 points
      Smart Buy


       “Distinctive, with rich melon, peach and nectarine flavors that are fleshy, spicy and complex. Ripe, elegant and focused.”

      Wine Spectator, June 15, 2008

    • 92 points

      Wine & Spirits, June 2008

    • Light

      “This fresh and fairly energetic youngster incisively hits all of the right varietal marks and is keyed on careful grassiness, figs and sweet limes.  It strikes a firm structural stance without becoming stiff or thin, and it shows a very fine sense of flesh on the palate while remaining brisk and light on its feet.”
      Connoisseurs’ Guide, March 2008“This fresh and fairly energetic youngster incisively hits all of the right varietal marks and is keyed on careful grassiness, figs and sweet limes.  It strikes a firm structural stance without becoming stiff or thin, and it shows a very fine sense of flesh on the palate while remaining brisk and light on its feet.”

      Connoisseurs’ Guide, March 2008

    • Rich long lingering flavors

      “On the palate, rich long lingering flavors of lush fruit balanced...to become the perfect food wine.”
      In the Kitchen with Narsai David

      kcbs.com, February 12, 2008

    • Impeccably balanced

      “…impeccably balanced…The French oak provides richness and helps give the wine amazing depth and complexity.
      Wonderfully concentrated floral, citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors…”

      San Francisco Chronicle, December 28, 2007

  • 2005

    • The Top Ten Wines of 2007

      Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2005

      Stephen Eliot
      Connoisseurs' Guide, December 2007

    • 90.4 Points

      Community Tasting

      Cellartracker.com, November 4, 2008

    • 92 points

      One of the “California Values At A Glance”

      Wine Spectator, April 30, 2008

    • Sauvignon Blanc #40

      Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007


    • 92 points

      “Elegant and graceful, with Asian pear, quince, melon, citrus, tangerine and herb flavors. Lithe and refreshing.”

      Wine Spectator, August 31, 2007

    • 92 points

      “Layers of supple fruit with defined melon and citrus flavors. Fruit-driven close has great length and depth.”

      The Wine News, June/July 2007

    • 90 points

      “Freshness runs through this wine from the color to the taste; it brings spring blossoms to mind…” 

      Wine & Spirits, June 2007

    • 92 points


      “A brilliant effort.  Elegant and graceful.  Lithe and refreshing, the flavors echo on the long finish.”

      James Laube Wine Spectator, June 15, 2007

    • 92 points

      “…forward, rich, fleshy…with a velvety mouthfeel.”  Very highly recommended

      California Grapevine, April-May 2007

    • Best Buy

      “…delivers such richness, depth and complexity that it fully merits “Best Buy” endorsement.”

      Connoisseurs’ Guide, April 2007

    • 95 points

      “… exceptional effort … full-bodied on the palate and very well-balanced… Youthfully exuberant at the finish and as solidly varietal as in its first impressions, this wine will age for years to come.”

      Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines, March 2007

    • 93 points


       

      “A stylish white with exceptional texture…beautifully balanced with a long, persistent finish.”

      Robert Whitley
      Copley News Service, February 28, 2007

    • Wine of the Week

      “A full bodied wine closer to New Wave Sancerre”

      Chris Knap
      Orange County Register, February 8, 2007

    • Utterly delicious

      Spicy, peppery, herbacious and Wow!  How can she get such complexity? Utterly delicious.”

      Narsai David
      In the Kitchen with Narsai
      KCBS Radio, January 22, 2007

    • 2006 Top Wine

      One of the “Top 100 Wines of 2006”

      San Francisco Chronicle, December 10, 2006

    • Proven

      “Merry Edwards, the doyenne of the region (Russian River Valley), has proved that it can produce unusually age-worthy Sauvignon Blanc.”

      Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, July 15, 2006

  • 2004

    • “Superb”

      “This is a delicious full-stop Sauvignon.”

      -Gerald Boyd, WineReviewOnLine.com, January 3, 2006

    • Complex

      “We all loved the complexity of this wine. Alluring … complex, juicy, dry and refreshing.”

      -Eric Asimov, The New York Times, November 17, 2005