Merry Edwards Wines

2015 Sauvignon Blanc

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Winemaker's Comments

Producing Sauvignon Blanc is a joy. Compared with finicky Pinot Noir, the vines are rather forgiving in their growing requirements. Our modern vertical trellis system keeps the threat of mold infections down with the added benefit of allowing more sunlight to reach the grape berries. This in turn results in the development of more fruity flavors and subdues herbaceous and grassy tones. Our incorporation of the Sauvignon Musqué clone into the blend adds more fruit focus while also building body.
 
In the winery, the juice is pressed off from the skins and then barrel fermented with a special yeast that emphasizes tropical fruit aromas. Six months of aging in oak builds even more body through our intensive, twice-weekly lees stirring program.
 
Our style of Sauvignon Blanc is designed to bring out the best in this regal varietal. It’s highly floral, effusing scents of hibiscus, honeysuckle, jasmine and orange blossom. Notes of muskmelon, mango, papaya and guava widen the aroma, along with accents of white peach, nectarine and Meyer lemon. Hints of minerality, crème brûlée and toasted hazelnuts add even more sophistication.
 
In the mouth, this wine is lush with good viscosity. This richness is balanced by sweet Ruby Red grapefruit, tangerine zest and lively acidity throughout. Our Sauvignon Blanc ages along with the best of those from Sancerre.
 
A recent trip to the island of Maui inspired me to create a delectable dish I named Tropical Halibut. At a recent dinner I prepared for friends, it paired wonderfully with a bottle of 2007 Sauvignon Blanc from my library, but it will be just as yummy with this new vintage. You will find it with our Family Recipes at https://www.merryedwards.com/food-wine/recipes/categories/family-recipes/.

 

Critical Acclaim

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

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

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Recipes

Asian-Style Chicken Salad
Tom Brock Jr. created his Asian-Style Chicken Salad as a refreshing summertime pairing with our Sauvignon Blanc.

Honey Lime Baked Wild Salmon with Mango & Black Bean Salsa
This delicious recipe by Joanne Williams was a double winner in our Win a Magnum contest.

Tropical Halibut
A recent trip to the island of Maui inspired Merry to create this delectable seafood dish.

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2015 Sauvignon Blanc