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2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Merry Edwards Wines

2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker's Comments

This vintage, we were fortunate to source 42 percent of our grapes from mature vineyards: Dutton-Cohen, Martinelli Home Ranch and Ritchie are all 35 years old. We then complemented this rich foundation with 33 percent Sauvignon Musque from Crinella, Dutton-Jewell and Meredith Estate. I have promoted the planting of this Bordeaux clone of Sauvignon Blanc, originally called Savagnin musque, for the past two decades and now benefit from the resulting opulent harvest!

We continue to barrel ferment all of this wine in seasoned French oak, 18 percent of which is new. This allows us to intensively stir the lies twice each week during aging, building palate richness and "muscle" along with depth of flavor. The wine is held in barrel for a full six months to allow its complexity to develop.

This wine "struts its stuff' in a sophisticated and stylish fashion. 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, citrus and pear on the lingering finish.

Critical Acclaim

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

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 / 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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