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2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Merry Edwards Wines

2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker's Comments

The 2011 harvest was a scant one for Sauvignon Blanc across all of Sonoma County. Vineyards had poor set after flowering, and the precious crop was further reduced by the exceptionally cool, late season. The crop in Russian River Valley was down by about 20% -- better than the 80% losses the northern areas experienced!

This year we added Shone Farm, owned by our nearby Santa Rosa Junior College, to our Sauvignon Blanc collection. As a result, the 2011 vintage contains more than 50% fruit 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 final portion was sourced from Shenandoah or clone 1, the standard-bearer of California. We continue our dedication to barrel fermenting and biweekly lees stirring every drop of this wine.

Sophisticated and polished, this wine reflects its mature, low-yielding vineyard components. The aroma is bursting with lychee fruit, fig, guava and ripe pear. This solid fruit core is wrapped in a mantle of subtle, creamy oak, with just a touch of minerality. In the mouth, it shows a vibrant, mouthwatering acidity with a hint of pink grapefruit on the smooth finish.

Critical Acclaim

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

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

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