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Merry Edwards Wines

2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker's Comments

The unusual style of our Sauvignon Blanc has been created by a confluence of factors. A key component of this wine is the highly floral Sauvignon Musqué selection from Sancerre, which comprises one-third of the blend. The Shenandoah clone balances this out nicely with its classic herbal, somewhat grassy character. For the first time, a substantial proportion of grapes were harvested from our own young estate vineyards — nearly 30 percent.
Full fermentation in barrels crafted by Tonnellerie Cadus, 18 percent new, moderates green flavors. Elevage in barrel also allows for our biweekly lees-stirring protocol, vital to developing rich mouthfeel.
The bright, shimmering, green-gold hue of this Sauvignon Blanc is a visual overture to a striking personality. Its enticing aroma is highly perfumed with honeysuckle, citrus blossom, white rose and gardenia. Honeydew melon, nectarine, ripe Rainier cherry, tangerine, Kaffir lime and summer hay add complexity, along with hints of sweet oak and toasted hazelnut.
On the palate, vibrant acidity is finely balanced with a rich, creamy mouthfeel creating a unique textural experience — reminiscent of a refreshing blood orange sorbet. The finish is broad and lingers with sweet pink grapefruit and Meyer lemon zest.
My good friend Ann Marie Montecuollo was inspired by an original Sam Sifton recipe to devise a delicious Roast Chicken Provençal. The sweet Meyer lemons and the herbs make it a perfect pairing with our Sauvignon Blanc. Serve with brown rice, crusty French bread and a green salad. Enjoy!

Critical Acclaim

96 points
"Merry Edwards is clearly a very talented winemaker because not only does she produce stunning Pinot Noirs, she also makes incredible Sauvignon Blanc.  Her 2017 seamlessly balances a subtle and welcome bite characteristic of the variety with a creamy, mineral-infused elegance to produce a dazzling array of flavors.  Everything fits together.  Nothing is overdone or overt.  It’s a masterful achievement with a variety that gets little recognition."
Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Dec. 5, 2018


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This delicious chicken dish was adapted from an original Sam Sifton recipe by my good friend Ann Marie Montecuollo.
Merry likes to serve this soup as a first course followed by an entree of grilled lamb chops and Merry's Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.


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Release Card

2017 Sauvignon Blanc