The Wine

Merry Edwards 'Sauvignon Blanc' Sonoma, USA

Profile: "Sauvignon Blanc in California is usually a little fruitier than it is in France, and a little lighter in body and color than a typical Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc might be the perfect wine for summertime and California makes some of the best. The wines are usually light, crisp, and brimming with gorgeous flavors of zesty lime, grapefruit, and melon. These fruit flavors are perfectly complemented with subtle herbal flavors. Some say that Sauvignon Blanc smells like freshly mown grass.

One of the best parts about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is relatively inexpensive. A lack of new oak and smaller demand, keeps its prices lower than Chardonnay. You can get great deals on these. Look for great Sauvignon Blancs from classic Napa Valley producers."

Tasting Notes: Muskmelon, Mango, Papaya and Guava

Wine Facts

  • producer: Merry Edwards
  • varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
  • country: USA
  • vintage: All
  • region: Sonoma
  • size: 750 & 375ml

The Collector

Stuart & Debbie AbramovitzManaged inventory client since 2005.

I’ve enjoyed this approachable wine for years over highly consistent vintages. While it’s reported to gain with aging, I’ve never had quite enough to give it the opportunity. To my taste, it’s far more complex than any other sauvignon blanc tried. It excels as both an aperitif and with food.

We had the pleasure to visit the winery in Sonoma for the first time recently. It remains unclear why Merry Edwards, a pioneering woman winemaker and Pinot master, was convinced to venture far afield. One interesting tidbit from our guide — Mary Edwards roomed as a Berkeley undergrad with Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

To my taste, it's far more complex than any other sauvignon blanc tried. It excels as both an aperitif and with food.

The Commentary

Wine Spectator - Aaron Romano

“The decision to acquire Merry Edwards was driven by confidence in her story and values,” Roederer president and CEO Frédéric Rouzaud told Wine Spectator. “We are not buying a mass-market winery to make millions of bottles; we are choosing something that mirrors us: family-owned, with a specific vision for quality wines focused on terroir.”