Brad’s Pick – June 2013

Brad Fox – the sommelier at GenuWine Tasting Room – selects a Wine of the Month and shares his tasting notes with us. This wine will be offered for an exclusive tasting – complete with fine cheese and a personal discussion with Brad and our team – for the winners of the Monthly Newsletter Challenge. If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, do it now — Hope to see you there!

About GenuWine Tasting Room: GenuWine is Magnolia’s first retail wine and gift shop. Conveniently located in the Westwood Village Shopping Centre, in the intersection of FMs 1488 and 2978, GenuWine features at least 75% specialty, boutique style wines that you will not be able to find at most wine shops.  With live music shows, and fine pairings of food with our wine, make your reservation today, at 832-934-CORK (2675).


Brad’s Pick – June 2013 – Merry Edwards Sauvignon BlancME Sauv Blanc

From Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect summer wine! The aroma is bursting with lychee fruit, fig, guava and ripe pear. This solid fruit core is wrapped in a mantle of subtle, creamy oak, with just a touch of minerality. In the mouth, it shows a vibrant, mouthwatering acidity with a hint of pink grapefruit on the smooth finish.

I like Sauvignon Blanc to compete with this heat for its refreshing quality. The crisp citrus flavors that characterize this Sauvignon Blanc stave off the cruel Texas heat and leave your thirst quenched!

Winemaker Notes

The 2011 harvest was a scant one for Sauvignon Blanc across all of Sonoma County. Vineyards had poor set after flowering, and the precious crop was further reduced by the exceptionally cool, late season. The crop in Russian River Valley was down by about 20% — better than the 80% losses the northern areas experienced!

This year we added Shone Farm, owned by our nearby Santa Rosa Junior College, to our Sauvignon Blanc collection. As a result, the 2011 vintage contains more than 50% fruit from vines 25 to 35 years old. Sauvignon Musqué or Savagnin Musqué fruit as it is known in Bordeaux, makes up about 20% of the blend. The final portion was sourced from Shenandoah or clone 1, the standard bearer of California. We continue our dedication to barrel fermenting and  biweekly lees stirring every drop of this wine.


About Danny Sanchez

Joining Rianne's award-winning team after a successful career as a Program and Operations Manager for a global outsourcing firm (with Fortune 100 companies as his primary clients), Danny has seen The Woodlands grow to what it has become today since 2001. An advocate for innovation and perfecting the Best Possible Real Estate experience, he understands very well that clients always come first. In his own words, "success looks like clients feel that they don't have any needs - because you've more than anticipated them."