The aroma of the 2018 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc is compelling, virtually reaching out and grabbing our attention. Yellow peach, melon, guava and crisp Fuji apple are accented with hints of tropical mango and pineapple. Lime, Minneola tangelo and orange blossom lend citrus notes. Accents of dry summer grass, vanilla-toned panna cotta and toasted crème brûlée create complexity. An underlying minerality adds further sophistication. The rich palate coats the tongue balanced with hints of yummy Creamsicle and Ruby Red grapefruit. Refreshing acidity and a mouthwatering finish cap the sensual experience of this exceptional Sauvignon Blanc. Delightful now, with bottle age, this wine will be a knockout!
95 points 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.
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. From California.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc contains 60% estate fruit this year and 42% of the blend comes from Sauvignon Musqué. Barrel fermented and aged in 18% new oak with twice-weekly lees stirring, it has a gregarious nose with gooseberry, tart kiwi, tarragon, cut grass, white peaches and elderflower plus touches of lime and stone. Light to medium-bodied, it offers great flavor intensity with bright, zippy acidity and a long, lightly textured finish.
90 points Wine Enthusiast
Rich and rounded in stone fruit, pineapple and mango flavors, this hearty white is made in a substantial, full-bodied style that is opulently lush. A length of complementary oak adds to the complexity and integration, finishing in a snap of creme brulee.