With Merry on everyone's lips at this time of year, I felt what better than a wine with the same moniker.
As a long-standing self-proclaimed lover of Sauvignon Blanc, I finally set aside some time to enjoy a first timer for me. The
Merry Edwards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
I have had this wine for a short while now and when I decided to make a dinner dish of Mexican Rice and Marinated Chili Lime Shrimp, I could think of nothing better than a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to offset the slight heat notes from the rice and shrimp.
This is one of those Sauv Blancs that really entice the palate. Merry Edwards is almost fanatical in its production of Sauv Blanc. Using both oak for fermentation and aging, the wine exudes it's tropical fruit flavors while also adding a nuance of minerality and subtlety that I find so appealing.
Producing wines from the Russian River Valley, Merry Edwards (yes, that's the owner/winemaker's name) has a rich history in California and it shows in her wines. Her Sauv Blanc develops a slight creaminess along with those tropical fruit flavors and that oh so elegant oakiness to bring you a masterpiece in wine.
While I wasn't totally sure about the wine with the spicy dinner that I had prepared, I can tell you that the tropical fruit flavors went scrumptiously with the Mexican Rice and Spicey Shrimp. A joy for the evening. Even when the dinner was complete, continuing the wine just made the evening that much more enjoyable.
After all the reviews I have had about Sauvignon Blancs and how relatively inexpensive they are, I am regretfully unable to maintain that similitude (how's that for a new word?). At around $40 a bottle, the wine isn't cheap, nor should it be given its intensity and worthiness. I should also mention that the 2015 vintage may be rather difficult to find, but not to worry, 2016 represents that same similitude ( I just can't stop using a new word of this caliber). Find it, Buy it!