Merry Edwards

Curious if anyone has taken a peak at the Insider yet. Wow. Congrats to Merry Edwards. She has become one of my favorite California pinot producers, but I have limited experience with her Sauvignon Blanc. Appears I have been missing out.
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Yes 96 points Eek

I cannot remember the last time a 100% Sauvignon Blanc for NZ, Cali received a score this high ? Best I remember was a 94 for Cloudy Bay in the 90 somethings.

Has anyone tasted this ? Is it a Classic wine in their opinion. I just ask since there is no way on earth a bottle of this wine ( or any other Cali wine ) will make it to the LCBO at a price I would be willing to pay.

Gibby
Bought some; haven't tried it yet, but James Laube (who is not the one who bestowed 96 points on this wine) also tasted it and reported on his blog that it's the best Sauvignon Blanc he's ever had from anywhere. In terms of a high recommendation, it doesn't get any better than that. Definitely sounds classic.
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Originally posted by AZCat:
I'm planning on placing my first Merry Edwards order soon. Aside from the '07 SB - which I already know I'm ordering - what are everyone else's favorites from here?


AZCAT,

I called them and get this, they want $52 to ship 3 bottles to AZ.. they can keep their high scoring SB for that shipping raping!
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
I'm planning on placing my first Merry Edwards order soon. Aside from the '07 SB - which I already know I'm ordering - what are everyone else's favorites from here?


AZCAT,

I called them and get this, they want $52 to ship 3 bottles to AZ.. they can keep their high scoring SB for that shipping raping!


Wow...unreal. Wonder what a case would cost me? I'll let you know... I did see that they provide free ground shipping to many states with a two-case order, but I don't think I really need that much right now...
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
I'm planning on placing my first Merry Edwards order soon. Aside from the '07 SB - which I already know I'm ordering - what are everyone else's favorites from here?


AZCAT,

I called them and get this, they want $52 to ship 3 bottles to AZ.. they can keep their high scoring SB for that shipping raping!


Wow...unreal. Wonder what a case would cost me? I'll let you know... I did see that they provide free ground shipping to many states with a two-case order, but I don't think I really need that much right now...


6 bottle limit for the SB so you'd have to order a lot of pinot to get to two cases. The woman on the phone told me their distributor here is Southern so I'm sure they have some agreement and that's why it's so expensive
What the heck?

Escape and I have been saying the Edwards SB is the finest outside of Loire forever! Now, some guy named Laube gives it a 96 and everyone is listening. Razz Wink

I really think the Musque clone makes much of the difference compared to others, but not too sure about that.

Darn escape, looks like it will be even harder to get now. Frown
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Originally posted by wine+art:
What the heck?

Escape and I have been saying the Edwards SB is the finest outside of Loire forever! Now, some guy named Laube gives it a 96 and everyone is listening. Razz Wink

I really think the Musque clone makes much of the difference compared to others, but not too sure about that.

Darn escape, looks like it will be even harder to get now. Frown


Master Jedi, we bow down to your wisdom Big Grin
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
I'm planning on placing my first Merry Edwards order soon. Aside from the '07 SB - which I already know I'm ordering - what are everyone else's favorites from here?


AZCAT,

I called them and get this, they want $52 to ship 3 bottles to AZ.. they can keep their high scoring SB for that shipping raping!


Wow...unreal. Wonder what a case would cost me? I'll let you know... I did see that they provide free ground shipping to many states with a two-case order, but I don't think I really need that much right now...


6 bottle limit for the SB so you'd have to order a lot of pinot to get to two cases.


No kidding. We should get an Arizona cartel together to order two cases and split them up.
Wow...unreal. Wonder what a case would cost me? I'll let you know... I did see that they provide free ground shipping to many states with a two-case order, but I don't think I really need that much right now...[/QUOTE]

Save yourself the trouble and call AZWineCo. They have some coming in next week. $34/bottle
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Originally posted by T Dub:
Wow...unreal. Wonder what a case would cost me? I'll let you know... I did see that they provide free ground shipping to many states with a two-case order, but I don't think I really need that much right now...


Save yourself the trouble and call AZWineCo. They have some coming in next week. $34/bottle[/QUOTE]

Excellent...thanks for the heads up!
weird as 6 bottles to NYC is only $28.

but i have a weirder question. why do some wineries charge tax and some don't? Confused

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Originally posted by T Dub:
AZCAT,
I called them and get this, they want $52 to ship 3 bottles to AZ.. they can keep their high scoring SB for that shipping raping!
[QUOTE]Originally posted by TBird:
why do some wineries charge tax and some don't? Confused[QUOTE]

I've wondered that myself. I thought they only charged sales tax if they were shipping to the state in which they were located, but I could be wrong - I'm not a tax expert. I'm just as Confused as you are!
Yep, I'm the one!

I've had it 3 times, now.

I think twice I gave it a 92.5 or 93, once it was more around 91.5 or 92. Maybe never less than a 92 or more than a 92.5... deffinitely it has always been right in there, though.

It is the best dry *CA* Sauvignon Blanc I've ever had, but I have had better from Italy (Miani) and (blends) White Graves. A true steal at the price, as I've said before I'm sure, only Peter Michael can come close in quality from CA, and that is much more expensive and a style I do not care for as much.
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Originally posted by Keeno:
indy: Just giving you a hard time. Are coming to Nashville next month?


It's gonna be tough, but I'll try. Already going to an offline in San Francisco area in early March. Money's tight these days (as it is for many).
bman, the klopp ranch and the olivet lane pinots used to be a sure bet for me, but my taste for cali pinots has lessened and i have not bought in a few years. that also means i have no experience with her "newer" bottlings.

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Originally posted by bman:
Still waiting to hear what people think are merry Edwards best wines - besides the sb, of course.
i brought that 03 klopp when i saw you recently, i believe you liked it, if that's any factor to consider.

heidi just called(weird that i'm sitting here typing about them and then it's her. am i being watched? time is moving very very very slow...Cool) to offer some chardonnay which could prove interesting...
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Originally posted by bman:
Thanks tbird. My best pal visits Merry at least once a year and has a cellar full of her stuff. I wanted to know which bottle I should be hinting about, next time I'm there. Sadly, he lives 8 hours away. Frown


If he's cellared various wines, see if you can get him to open a Windsor Gardens Vineyard Pinot. They don't make it anymore, and the few that I had in the past were more perfumed and complex and detailed than the brawnier Klopp Ranch. The 2000 vintage was actually quite lovely.
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
What the heck?

Escape and I have been saying the Edwards SB is the finest outside of Loire forever! Now, some guy named Laube gives it a 96 and everyone is listening. Razz Wink

I really think the Musque clone makes much of the difference compared to others, but not too sure about that.

Darn escape, looks like it will be even harder to get now. Frown


Master Jedi, we bow down to your wisdom Big Grin


Master, indeed you did advise us so. Your padawan heard, acted on your sage advice, and is now the very happy owner of a nice little stash... pre-Laube-review. Smile

-As always, grateful for your advice and awaiting more. Smile
agreed. i totally forgot about that one.

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Originally posted by stickman:
If he's cellared various wines, see if you can get him to open a Windsor Gardens Vineyard Pinot. They don't make it anymore, and the few that I had in the past were more perfumed and complex and detailed than the brawnier Klopp Ranch. The 2000 vintage was actually quite lovely.
bman- if your best friend is still gman (in Windsor and not the one on the boards in new york), then get your butt over to Windsor and we will plan a little gala. We can all bring ME wines to the show!!!!



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Originally posted by bman:
Thanks tbird. My best pal visits Merry at least once a year and has a cellar full of her stuff. I wanted to know which bottle I should be hinting about, next time I'm there. Sadly, he lives 8 hours away. Frown
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
I'm planning on placing my first Merry Edwards order soon. Aside from the '07 SB - which I already know I'm ordering - what are everyone else's favorites from here?


AZCAT,

I called them and get this, they want $52 to ship 3 bottles to AZ.. they can keep their high scoring SB for that shipping raping!


Wow...unreal. Wonder what a case would cost me? I'll let you know... I did see that they provide free ground shipping to many states with a two-case order, but I don't think I really need that much right now...


6 bottle limit for the SB so you'd have to order a lot of pinot to get to two cases.


No kidding. We should get an Arizona cartel together to order two cases and split them up.


AzCat,

So I just got a call back from AZWineco and they said they cannot fulfill my order as the person taking the order did not know that they can't sell it, blah blah blah.

I got the run around about how this wine they can't even sell as the winery has imposed this wine as having an on-site license? Whatever that means, they tell me that this means they only distribute to Restaurants in AZ

So if you find some let me know, I'm in as well!
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
I'm planning on placing my first Merry Edwards order soon. Aside from the '07 SB - which I already know I'm ordering - what are everyone else's favorites from here?


AZCAT,

I called them and get this, they want $52 to ship 3 bottles to AZ.. they can keep their high scoring SB for that shipping raping!


Wow...unreal. Wonder what a case would cost me? I'll let you know... I did see that they provide free ground shipping to many states with a two-case order, but I don't think I really need that much right now...


6 bottle limit for the SB so you'd have to order a lot of pinot to get to two cases.


No kidding. We should get an Arizona cartel together to order two cases and split them up.


AzCat,

So I just got a call back from AZWineco and they said they cannot fulfill my order as the person taking the order did not know that they can't sell it, blah blah blah.

I got the run around about how this wine they can't even sell as the winery has imposed this wine as having an on-site license? Whatever that means, they tell me that this means they only distribute to Restaurants in AZ

So if you find some let me know, I'm in as well!


I just ordered a mixed case including 6 of the SBs - I'd be happy to share. My cost with shipping was, IIRC, $37/bottle. A little steep I guess but well worth it if it's as good as everyone says. If you're interested let me know and I can bring it when we offline when WIML's in town in a few weeks (I should have it by then).

It also looks like I'll be in SoCal for a few days in March - I might have my brother order some more and I can pick it up when I'm there. A lot cheaper that way... I called a few places here and they didn't have any ME and didn't believe they'd be able to get it either, which seems to jive with what AZWineco told you.

Off topic but did you attend the Italian wine tasting at the airpark AZWineco this week? I wanted to go just for the Sassicaia but they were all booked by the time I called.
I just ordered a mixed case including 6 of the SBs - I'd be happy to share. My cost with shipping was, IIRC, $37/bottle. A little steep I guess but well worth it if it's as good as everyone says. If you're interested let me know and I can bring it when we offline when WIML's in town in a few weeks (I should have it by then).

It also looks like I'll be in SoCal for a few days in March - I might have my brother order some more and I can pick it up when I'm there. A lot cheaper that way... I called a few places here and they didn't have any ME and didn't believe they'd be able to get it either, which seems to jive with what AZWineco told you.

Off topic but did you attend the Italian wine tasting at the airpark AZWineco this week? I wanted to go just for the Sassicaia but they were all booked by the time I called.[/QUOTE]

Sounds good, I'm going to be in Cali next week for business and will look for some while there as well. In the case I don't get any I'd love to share with you.

I did not go to the Italian tasting, I'm not getting out much right now with my wife not able to drink (I have to pick and choose my spots)
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Originally posted by T Dub:
I just ordered a mixed case including 6 of the SBs - I'd be happy to share. My cost with shipping was, IIRC, $37/bottle. A little steep I guess but well worth it if it's as good as everyone says. If you're interested let me know and I can bring it when we offline when WIML's in town in a few weeks (I should have it by then).

It also looks like I'll be in SoCal for a few days in March - I might have my brother order some more and I can pick it up when I'm there. A lot cheaper that way... I called a few places here and they didn't have any ME and didn't believe they'd be able to get it either, which seems to jive with what AZWineco told you.

Off topic but did you attend the Italian wine tasting at the airpark AZWineco this week? I wanted to go just for the Sassicaia but they were all booked by the time I called.


Sounds good, I'm going to be in Cali next week for business and will look for some while there as well. In the case I don't get any I'd love to share with you.

I did not go to the Italian tasting, I'm not getting out much right now with my wife not able to drink (I have to pick and choose my spots)[/QUOTE]

That's right...I'd forgotten about that! Isn't she due in March?
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
I just ordered a mixed case including 6 of the SBs - I'd be happy to share. My cost with shipping was, IIRC, $37/bottle. A little steep I guess but well worth it if it's as good as everyone says. If you're interested let me know and I can bring it when we offline when WIML's in town in a few weeks (I should have it by then).

It also looks like I'll be in SoCal for a few days in March - I might have my brother order some more and I can pick it up when I'm there. A lot cheaper that way... I called a few places here and they didn't have any ME and didn't believe they'd be able to get it either, which seems to jive with what AZWineco told you.

Off topic but did you attend the Italian wine tasting at the airpark AZWineco this week? I wanted to go just for the Sassicaia but they were all booked by the time I called.


Sounds good, I'm going to be in Cali next week for business and will look for some while there as well. In the case I don't get any I'd love to share with you.

I did not go to the Italian tasting, I'm not getting out much right now with my wife not able to drink (I have to pick and choose my spots)


That's right...I'd forgotten about that! Isn't she due in March?[/QUOTE]

End of March, my luck she'll pop the day before we all get together!
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Originally posted by TBird:
bman, the klopp ranch and the olivet lane pinots used to be a sure bet for me, but my taste for cali pinots has lessened and i have not bought in a few years. that also means i have no experience with her "newer" bottlings.

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Originally posted by bman:
Still waiting to hear what people think are merry Edwards best wines - besides the sb, of course.


The Klopp is easily her best Pinot. I wish I recalled which of the single vineyards was which but there are style differences there with the Olivet more structured and I *think* it was the Meredith that was more plush. The other vineyards were also nice, but the Klopp is the star.

The Chardonnay is fine but there are better CA Chards out there for the same price or less... it is the least of her offerings, imo.

The Sonoma Coast bottling is a screamingly good deal and the RRV is a geat deal as well, though I tend to prefer the SC.
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Originally posted by bman:
It's gman. And I agree that we are long overdue for a Windsor offline. We may be in Windsor for 2 or 3 days at the end of June, or later in the summer.


Bman - sounds great. let me know when you will be in the town and we will try and set something up.
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So I just got a call back from AZWineco and they said they cannot fulfill my order as the person taking the order did not know that they can't sell it, blah blah blah.

I got the run around about how this wine they can't even sell as the winery has imposed this wine as having an on-site license? Whatever that means, they tell me that this means they only distribute to Restaurants in AZ

So if you find some let me know, I'm in as well!


Just got this e-mail from a local retailer I contacted about this wine (no one in MA seems to carry it):

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We saw it as well. Unfortunately, this wine has been placed on restaurant-reserve and is not available to retail outlets. If that changes, we’ll get what we can and let you know.
Yeah,

I have enjoyed this wine for many vintages as wine+art said. It is not widely available in Texas and I have foolishly binged on $60 half bottles at local restaurants (Oceanaire rapes at $70) in an effort to get my fix. I called and placed an order last week and was able to receive the bottles at about $40 once tax and shipping brought the bottles to TX. Still worth it in my opinion as this wine is pure luxury IMHO. Blocking off 2-3 hours with a bottle of this SB and endless oysters make me happy.....and of course the marriage as well. Eek

I am considering more, but also stuck staring at some 2005 Dagueneau on local shelves. With Merry Edwards at $40, I have a choice between 2 Edwards or 1 Dag. Wine+art, email me, I have another option.
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Originally posted by escape:
I have enjoyed this wine for many vintages as wine+art said. It is not widely available in Texas and I have foolishly binged on $60 half bottles at local restaurants (Oceanaire rapes at $70) in an effort to get my fix.


Wow, it's on my list for $56.00 for a full bottle and $30.00 half bottles and it doesn't move. Maybe I should raise the price and send escape some Yosemite brochures. He will have to bring his own oysters, however.
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Originally posted by Gibby:
Yes 96 points Eek

I cannot remember the last time a 100% Sauvignon Blanc for NZ, Cali received a score this high ? Best I remember was a 94 for Cloudy Bay in the 90 somethings.


From a quick search, the highest score WS has ever given a dry Sauvignon Blanc from anywhere is 97 points for a 2005 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang.

I'm sitting on one wondering what food to pair it with.
You know it's funny you say that... from a personal perspective, I'd be doing plenty of appreciating all by myself, but in the spirit of good wine always tasting better when shared...

My mother has always enjoyed sauvignon blancs. Kind of her thing. So even though she's not a wine officianado particularly, it's being saved to be shared with her. Any time I get a good sauv blanc, I make a point of opening it when she's around.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
winetarelli, which vineyard did she lose to the housing development?


wine+art, as you know I am not wineterlli but I believe the vineyard was Windsor Gardens and it has been gone for several years now. Unfortunately for me, it was my favorite of her wines.
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Originally posted by PlanoWino:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
winetarelli, which vineyard did she lose to the housing development?


wine+art, as you know I am not wineterlli but I believe the vineyard was Windsor Gardens and it has been gone for several years now. Unfortunately for me, it was my favorite of her wines.


PlanoWino, I think you are correct. It was my favorite when we had lunch with Merry and Ramey.
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Originally posted by bman:
Thanks tbird. My best pal visits Merry at least once a year and has a cellar full of her stuff. I wanted to know which bottle I should be hinting about, next time I'm there. Sadly, he lives 8 hours away. Frown
Yep, Klopp and Olivet Lane are currently her best Pinots.

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