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2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Merry Edwards Wines

2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker's Comments

The bountiful vintage of 2012 took all of us here in Sonoma County by surprise -- we really didn’t believe the crop would be as large as it looked hanging on the vine! Intellectually, I understand that Sauvignon Blanc, as a varietal, can produce large crops of high-quality fruit. A harvest like this just hasn’t happened for a very long time here in our cool valley. Even more unbelievable is the resulting superb quality.

The rich core of this flavorful wine is fruit sourced from vines 25-35 years old. That 54% is complemented by 20% Sauvignon Musqué, which adds floral aromatics and depth not present in other types of Sauvignon Blanc. The remainder is the classic Shenandoah selection, or Clone 1, prevalent throughout California.

The resulting wine is a show stopper!  Its heady perfume nearly explodes out of the glass with the fragrance of orange blossoms and elderflowers. Tones of lychee fruit, fig and ripe pear add more appeal. The mouth is full and weighty from barrel fermentation and intensive lees stirring, balanced by lively acidity and has a finish reminiscent of tangy pink grapefruit.

Critical Acclaim

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

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