The 1997 Sauvignon Blanc includes a blend of 16% Semillon, which contributes rich melon-like qualities to the floral and herbal character of Sauvignon Blanc. After fermentation, half the wine went into French oak barrels where it was aged for 4 months. Winemaker Chuck Ortman used French oak from several coopers and forests to achieve a harmony of tasty aromas and flavors. The result is a wine with flavors of fresh melon and crisp apple, with a hint of oak. Suggested food pairings with Meridian Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc include chicken salad, pasta with cream sauce, sesame noodles, light pastas, raw oysters and veal piccata.