Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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                          Fantastic new Sauv Blanc from cult Russian River Valley producer Merry Edwards - limited. 95 points The Tasting Panel: "I don't think there's another Sauvignon Blanc out there with the complex array of aromatics and unique flavors offered up by this stellar super-Sauv. Sixty percent of the fruit was sourced from the Merry Edwards estate; comprising 42% Sauvignon Musqué, the blend was barrel-fermented in French oak and spent six months on the lees. Scents of salted butterscotch, peach blossom, just-mowed grass, and pineapple fill the nose before developed flavors of jasmine-soaked pear and honeyed tangerine mesmerize on the palate. The acidity pulls it all together. (Apr/May 2020)" 93 points Wine Spectator: "A pretty thread of orange water adds an aromatic lift to the core of nectarine, apricot and lemon zest flavors, set on a succulent, fleshy frame. Dried ginger, honeysuckle and melon notes linger on the long, expressive finish. (2/5/20)" 93 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: "Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, floral, citrus, melon, apple, and peach aroma with tropical notes and hints of gooseberry and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; relatively rich, nicely balanced, citrus, white peach, and tropical fruit flavors with mineral notes and a touch of oak, and a slight creaminess in the pleasing mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. 14.2% alcohol; 100% barrel fermented; released Fall 2019. (Dec 2019)" One of California's first woman winemakers, Merry Edwards began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1974. She went on to become the founding winemaker at Matanzas Creek in 1977 and remained there until 1984. For the next decade, Merry consulted for numerous wineries, large and small, in Oregon and many diverse appellations of California. In 1997, family and friends joined Merry to found Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. In 2008, she and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, completed their winery on the site of Coopersmith Vineyard. It was then expanded in 2010. In this venue, tastings are hosted to educate visitors about Merry's handcrafted wines and site-specific viticulture.

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Ratings on Delectable

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

A fav, Pale yellow with pleasing aromas of citrus and peaches. One of the few barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc's which adds a wonderful toasty oak flavor setting this wine apart from the rest. Complex palate of flavors, fresh fruit, lemons, grapefruit, peaches and Asian pears. Slight earthiness with a smooth and creamy well balanced finish ending with a gentle sweet character. Very nice!

A fav, Pale yellow with pleasing aromas of citrus and peaches. One of the few barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc's which adds a wonderful toasty oak flavor setting this wine apart from the rest. Complex palate of flavors, fresh fruit, lemons, grapefruit, peaches and Asian pears. Slight earthiness with a smooth and creamy well balanced finish ending with a gentle sweet character. Very nice!

9.3

James Forsyth Delectable Pro

Pear, peach, elderflower. Good freshness but with warmth and depth. Very good indeed.

Pear, peach, elderflower. Good freshness but with warmth and depth. Very good indeed.

9.1

Dr. Owen Bargreen Delectable Pro

The nose takes on really good range with ripe pear, kumquat and nutmeg accents with gooseberry. The texture is light and beautifully layered with vanilla cream, bright pear and pineapple flavors, giving this an exotic edge. Rich and layered, this gorgeous effort will cellar well over the next five to eight years. Drink 2019-2026- 93

The nose takes on really good range with ripe pear, kumquat and nutmeg accents with gooseberry. The texture is light and beautifully layered with vanilla cream, bright pear and pineapple flavors, giving this an exotic edge. Rich and layered, this gorgeous effort will cellar well over the next five to eight years. Drink 2019-2026- 93

9.3

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Ending the summer on the Cape, I went to a Fav. Pale yellow with pleasing aromas of citrus and peaches. One of the few barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc's which adds a wonderful toasty oak flavor setting this wine apart from the rest. Complex palate of flavors, fresh fruit, lemons, grapefruit, peaches and Asian pears. Slight earthiness with a smooth and creamy well balanced finish ending with a gentle sweet character. Very nice! Consistent quality! Thanks Merry Edwards!!

Ending the summer on the Cape, I went to a Fav. Pale yellow with pleasing aromas of citrus and peaches. One of the few barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc's which adds a wonderful toasty oak flavor setting this wine apart from the rest. Complex palate of flavors, fresh fruit, lemons, grapefruit, peaches and Asian pears. Slight earthiness with a smooth and creamy well balanced finish ending with a gentle sweet character. Very nice! Consistent quality! Thanks Merry Edwards!!

9.2

Vanessa

Pale golden hue. Strong citrus and tropical fruit notes, such as Meyer lemon, mango, pineapple. Dusty stone and delicate minerality. Balanced on the palate and complementary of the rich ricotta, mozzarella, and romano cheese ravioli and sautéed shrimp, with cherry tomatoes and arugula. Vintage 2018. ABV 14.2%. .

Pale golden hue. Strong citrus and tropical fruit notes, such as Meyer lemon, mango, pineapple. Dusty stone and delicate minerality. Balanced on the palate and complementary of the rich ricotta, mozzarella, and romano cheese ravioli and sautéed shrimp, with cherry tomatoes and arugula. Vintage 2018. ABV 14.2%. .

8.9

Alexander Motola

On the nose, very typical of good SB. On the palate, quality was high, but the SB more subtle, almost implied vs overly overt. Very mellow for a 3 year white. Balance was exquisite. I liked it.

On the nose, very typical of good SB. On the palate, quality was high, but the SB more subtle, almost implied vs overly overt. Very mellow for a 3 year white. Balance was exquisite. I liked it.

9.0

Jody Scharf

One of my favorite SBs, grapefruity

One of my favorite SBs, grapefruity

9.2

Patrick Delahanty

Happy 2021!

Happy 2021!

9.5

K L

Always a treat. Best sav bland out there.

Always a treat. Best sav bland out there.

9.5

Robert Swick

Wine that we had on the night of my proposal in Nantucket! Very good?

Wine that we had on the night of my proposal in Nantucket! Very good?

9.5

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