Merry Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest 2014, Russian River, Sonoma County, CA
This dessert wine has sweet notes of honey, vanilla, and caramel on the nose with a lush and creamy but balanced palate with bright zesty citrus finish.
APPELLATION (AVA): Russian River Valley
REGION: Sonoma County
VINEYARDS: Meredith Estate
GRAPES: Sauvignon Blanc Musqué clone
SOIL: Goldridge Sandy Loam
PRACTICE: Certified California Sustainable
VINIFICATION: Harvested end of October at 36º Brix, destemmed, overnight cold soak, pressed, aged 18 months new French oak before bottling
COLOR: Rich vivid gold
PRIMARY AROMAS: Preserved nectarine, apple pie with caramel, tropical mango & guava, fig
FLAVOR: Lush and creamy balanced with clean and vibrant. Lingering finish with cinnamon, dried fruit, zesty citrus.
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with an orange olive oil cake with vanilla ice crem & mascarpone, or a Pear & Fig Tart
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Merry Edwards Winery was founded in 1997 and produces terroir-driven, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, including the winery flagship Meredith Estate, from 80 acres of estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Over two decades, as Merry assembled this stellar collection of vineyards, she employed meticulous attention to detail to become known for crafting Pinot Noirs of immense depth, elegant structure and exceptional longevity.
The winery also makes three appellation wines. The Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs showcase the art of blending. These core wines highlight the best qualities of each AVA and are made to be approachable from release. The winery’s fragrant, barrel-aged Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc is among the most sought after made in California. A single-vineyard Chardonnay from the venerable Olivet Lane Vineyard and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc round out the portfolio.
Now a Certified California Sustainable Winery, the brand entered a new chapter after Merry’s retirement in 2020. Merry’s handpicked successor, Winemaker Heidi von der Mehden, and Winery President Nicole Carter have taken up exactly where Merry left off and will continue to make wines treasured by legions of Merry Edwards’ fans well into the future.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
In 1996, Merry Edwards purchased this 24-acre site, an abandoned apple orchard southwest of the Sebastopol city limits. Two years later, she converted the entire parcel to Pinot Noir. Meredith Estate vineyard grows in an area known locally as the Sebastopol Hills.
On this cool southern edge of Russian River Valley, summer fog shrouds the area, typically until midday. Vine growth is carefully monitored, with a dedicated vineyard crew positioning shoots and thinning the crop three to four times each growing season. They determine irrigation requirements by measuring precisely the moisture content of the grape leaves.
Stewardship of the land includes the use of sustainable, renewable farming practices. A cover crop perennially reseeds itself between the vine rows, reducing erosion of the steep, sloping terrain and supporting beneficial insect populations. Natural amendments, including grape pomace and mushroom compost, replenish the soil with valuable micronutrients. Owl boxes and hawk perches encourage natural control of rodents and other pests.