2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY:
The Russian River Valley is an ideal spot to grow Sauvignon Blanc. Warm days and cool nights allow the grapes to hold onto their natural acidity. While 2019 was our last wet growing season, with three “atmospheric rivers” in May, it did not affect the Sauvignon Blanc flowering or set. It did produce very vigorous vine growth, which led us to be proactive with our canopy management in order to get the ripe tropical flavors we aim for in our Sauvignon Blanc. Barrel fermentation in 100 percent French oak, 18 percent new, plus twice-weekly lees stirring helped build body and lend a hint of sweet oak.
Abundant aromas of tropical fruit leap from the glass, white pineapple, ripe passionfruit, mango and guava, and a hint of banana cream pie. The palate is round and open, with accents of ruby red grapefruit, honeysuckle and melon married with a burst of crisp, refreshing acidity.
Noted Bay Area food expert and TV Chef Joanne Weir provided an elegant yet easy recipe for Linguini with Manila Clams and Tomatoes to pair with the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. “It’s pretty simple but that’s my favorite kind of food. Great ingredients and great wine, a perfect marriage!” Joanne says. “If you’re feeling ambitious, included is a recipe for making your own Saffron-Black Pepper Pasta Dough in place of dry semolina linguine. Make the fresh clam sauce with Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc and serve another glass or two alongside!” Find this recipe at merryedwards.com.
This white offers a complex mix of lime sherbet, makrut lime leaf, lemon curd and orange blossom flavors that are fragrant and complex on a fleshy, succulent frame, with notes of nectarine and ripe Crenshaw melon. Harmonious, with a fresh thread of acidity on the finish. - Wine Spectator Magazine 94 points
The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is a jewel of a wine. Bright, aromatic and chiseled, the 2019 bristles with energy. This translucent Sauvignon Blanc has so much to offer. Lemon confit, white flowers, crushed rocks and mint extend the intense, mineral finish beautifully. - Vinous Media 93 points
The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc opens from youthful yeasty tones to fresh citrus and green tropical fruits. The medium-bodied palate is notable for the intensity of its spicy fruits and bright freshness, and it finishes with an anchoring touch of texture. - Robert Parker 92 points
Aromas of nutmeg, melon and white peach. Weightly but balanced mouthfeel, combining disparate flavours of pecan oil, cheese rind, oregano and vanilla bean. Opulent on the mid-palate before landing on the finish with a pointed acidity that integrates with time in the glass. Strikes a stylistic midpoint between bright, creamy and aromatically exuberant. - Decanter Magazine 91 points