Critical Acclaim

Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Dessert Wine of the Year
"Miss Russian River Valley known for her stunning Pinot Noirs scores big with this sweet nectar from the wine gods. Fruit drops, cane cut, bird netted, picked on Halloween, cold soaked, then finally barrel fermented producing a wine begging for fois gras, if you are so inclined, or dessert in the form of a white peach gallette."
Tom Simoneau, The Wine Guy, Wines of the Year 2010
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Critical Acclaim

  • 2014

    • 96 points

      "This  dessert wine was made from a block of the Musqué clone at the  producer’s  Meredith  Estate,  picked  when  they were raisined then fermented and aged in 60% new French oak. A briny green-olive tone dots the nose before the sweetness of caramel,  honeycomb, gingersnap and vanilla weighs in on the palate. This is concentrated, lush and creamy, with a bright citrus flourish on the finish."

      Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2018

    • "Our Favorite Dessert Wine Picks"

      "Merry Edwards, legendary Sonoma winemaker who crafts a beautiful sweet Sauvignon Blanc, explains her inspiration: 'I have always been enamored with the great late-harvest wines of the world—the best Sauternes and Trockenbeerenauslese.' The former is the famed sweet white of Bordeaux, the latter ('TBA' for short) the sweetest of the German whites, both made from grapes that have been infected with the ominous-sounding fungus Botrytis cinerea, or 'noble rot.' In the process of drying and shriveling the grapes, botrytis leaves behind rich honeyed flavors and a haunting minerality—qualities key to the reputations of both wines." Read the article here: https://www.sunset.com/food-wine/wine-pairings/sweet-wines

      Sara Schneider, Sunset Magazine, November 2017

    • 90 points

      "Pale gold colored, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest has a nose of lemon marmalade, preserved mandarin peels and honeyed peaches with wafts of dried herbs, musk perfume and beeswax. It's very sweet, unctuous and rich in the mouth with plenty of freshness and a pleasant herbal lift."

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

    • "Top 100 Wines of 2018"

      "Best known for Pinot Noir, Merry Edwards also produces this unctuous dessert wine from estate-grown fruit. The grapes are picked at optimal sweetness, before they turn to raisins. After vinification, the wine tastes of crème brûlée, caramel, spiced baked apple, and poached peach, with racy acidity balancing the teeter-totter."

      Read the article here: 100 Best Sonoma Wines of 2018

      Sonoma Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2018

    More Acclaim
    • Sweet Wine of the Year

      "When the history of Sonoma county is written, Merry Edwards will be in chapter one. She began her career in 1973 when the business of wine was a good ole boys network. It is Merry Edwards who helped inspire many women to enter the wine business and help break the proverbial glass ceiling. This Late Harvest beauty shows brilliant gold in color, all honey and tropical fruit. One word to describe this wine …SWEET!"

      Tom Simoneau, The Wine Guy, KRSO Radio, Dec. 27, 2018

    • 93 points

      "There’s a fun “liar” quality to this tasty dessert, in the opposite way that Argentina’s Torrontes is typically caught in a lie.  There, the nose leads you to think sweet, but the palate surprises with crisp and dry.  Here, Merry Edwards gives you the full morning hayfield on the nose, and surprises with honeyed melon and citrus with a sweetgrass complement on the palate.  A true after dinner conversation piece."

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

    • 93 points

      "This light gold colored late harvest Sauvignon Blanc opens with a fragrant golden raisin bouquet with hints of apricot. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a very tasty golden raisin and ginger blend with hints of orange, honey and fig. The finish is pleasantly sweet and fades away nicely. This wine would be great on its own to close a big dinner. I would pair it with Italian cookies."

      Ken's Wine Guide, December 2017

    • 93 points

      "Rich, creamy, and ripe; sweet and balanced with dense flavors and Sauvignon spice; lush and balanced with Sauternes-like finesse."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, April 2018

    • +

      "A fine, complex late harvest Sauvignon. It's velvety in texture, very concentrated, and full bodied, with firm acidity, a very long flavor evolution, and a very long finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of peach jam, honey, candied lemon, lime, vanilla, caramel apple, guava, litchi nut, and spicy oak. Great value."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, July 2018

    • 93 points

      "This light gold colored late harvest Sauvignon Blanc opens with a fragrant golden raisin bouquet with hints of apricot. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a very tasty golden raisin and ginger blend with hints of orange, honey and fig. The finish is pleasantly sweet and fades away nicely. This wine would be great on its own to close a big dinner. I would pair it with Italian cookies."

      Ken's Wine Guide, Dec. 29, 2017

  • 2012

    • "Wonderful late harvest Sauvignon. It is luscious and rich, with intense aromas/flavors (peach, truffle, dried fig, pineapple, honey, pepper, oak), excellent balance, and an extremely persistent finish. Terrific. One of the best of its type I’ve tasted."

      Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine, April 2015

    • 92 points
      "Smooth and lush with ripe peach and soft hints of oak; polished and rounded with depth, style and balance."

      Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel magazine: "Blue Reviews," April 2015

    • "Fine Example of a Type or Style of Wine"
      "Leading with highly concentrated and fully botrytized aromas whose components of caramel, flamed orange peel and beeswax push well forward of a bare bit of background, loosely apricot-like fruit, Ms. Edwards’s very sweet, dessert version of Sauvignon Blanc is a luscious and downright decadent wine whose late-harvest unctuousness effectively nullifies any varietal character. It turns out to be a richer and more complete wine on the palate than is advertised in the nose, and, while checking in with 13.9% residual sugar, it is quite well-balanced and not close to cloying."

      Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines, August 2016

    • "Nashville Wine Auction's Pairings Event Was One for the Books"
      "Brown Butter and Sage Ice Cream with Meyer Lemon was a perfect ending to the evening and paired quite nicely with a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Merry Edwards Winery. ... This wine was a rare treat, indeed." Read the full article here: http://www.nashvillescene.com/bites/archives/2015/03/06/nashville-wine-auctions-pairings-event-was-one-for-the-books

      Chris Chamberlain, Nashville Scene, March 6, 2015

  • 2008

    • Full-bodied

       

      "A striking late harvest sauvignon blanc with a seamless texture. Full-bodied, rich and lively with aromas and flavors of honey, spice and a hint of apricot. Lovely."

      Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Dec. 27, 2010

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