I don’t give many wines a second go around, but in the case of this wine, it just had to be done.
I found myself planning a leisurely Sunday dinner using some Sockeye Salmon. My typical idea for dinner would be to make some rice and veggies and plate it up, nothing extraordinaire. Found myself wanting MORE! I liked the idea of rice but pumped up a notch; Risotto. Had some nice snow peas, always a good side veggie, and I had plenty of time to prepare. I was in for the evening and besides, it was raining outside.
The wine for this dinner? I thought about Chardonnay but I’ve had a few recently so, no. A search of my wines and a named jumped out at me. Only problem, it was my last bottle. Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015. What a dilemma. Use my last bottle or go for something different? Not even the slightest hesitation. In the fridge it goes.
I’ve talked about my risotto before; 45 minutes of slaving over a hot over stirring endlessly. In the end it was worth every minute! Using leeks instead of onions my only change. When complete, a true masterpiece if I say so myself. Put it together with the wine and OMG it couldn’t get any better.
I’ve done a review of this wine before (that’s why this is the second go around for the wine) that you can review by clicking here. It might be a year and a half later but the wine is still as luxurious as always. Rich, clean, smooth and creamy with that slight citrus notes and a finish of nice minerality created through an oak aging regime. Perfect for dinner.
One quandary, 2015 is no longer available, nor 2016. 2017 may be out shortly and I wait impatiently for the wine to hit the shelves. I’m going to have to give some consideration to buying more than I usually do as the winery was sold earlier this year to Louis Roederer. Merry Edwards herself stepped down as winemaker about a year earlier making, by my math, 2017 possibly the last vintage actually made by Merry Edwards. Time to stock up!