Merry Edwards Russian River Valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $31.56-$42.99, 93 points, begins in the glass burnished gold.
The aroma, though simple lemongrass and tangerine, is delightful.
I paired this with seared fresh cod in a creamed cheese sauce, which was fine, but it wasn't until I began drinking this Sauvignon Blanc by itself that I began to appreciate just how excellent a wine this is.
Near medium bodied with good acidity, it did not have the wooly texture I associate with Sauvignon Blanc, but a smoother, almost Chardonnay buttery-like texture, and with none of the over done quality or the flavor that tends to define a California Chardonnay wine, rather a complex citrus and melon flavor that is highlighted by a never-ending finish of the trailing palate with a crisp white pepper and ginger.
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