Malk Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2009
Our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc was crafted in the most traditional style of winemaking. Hand harvested and gently whole cluster pressed, the juice was collected and moved directly to barrel. We have used neutral barrels, meaning no sensory influence from the oak, but the barrel provides us with the perfect vessel to allow each small lot to ferment with indigenous yeast and benefit from direct lees contact and battonage. We also find the barrel to be perfect for proper aging of the Sauvignon Blanc, which is bottled after seven months. This vintage provides us with a wine of beautiful aromatic character and ample texture and mouthfeel. White flowers and fruit blossoms prevail on the nose, with underlying notes of light citrus. The palate is silky yet weighty, framed perfectly with the classic Sauvignon Blanc crispness.
If a spring morning, dew drops hanging from blades of still grass and flowers in the garden, new light sparkling on the leafy surfaces, stirring scents of the dawn, could be bottled, this would be it. Traces of delicate floral pollens, mixed with whiffs of grain stalks after threshing, drift from the glass and fill the air at opening. At 30 minutes, aromas of succulent pear, glazed with caramelized brown sugar, evoke crème brûlée and an assortment of fruit-filled notes. Nearing an hour, roasted beef adorns the center, with vanilla, cream cheese and asparagus garnishing the edges. A rondo of bright fruit leads through pears to mangos to apricots and even faint hints of peach. The palate replicates the array of fruits, centering around tasty, tender pear, which becomes the mast that holds the sails as waves of apricot, mango and peach splash at the sides, producing long, salivating washes of garden greens, flower blossoms, asparagus and straw, along with the fruits and zesty sprays of brown sugar and caramel. The zingy finish lingers lusciously and the structure remains firm and balanced as the evolving mélange of flavors continues to refresh for an hour and a half. At each sip, salivation spreads the length of the tongue, bow to stern, as a new wave unfurls. Nothing in this wine ever overwhelms its elegant balance, and the experience remains wonderfully pleasurable to the last drop. It drinks so beautifully by itself, that one is tempted not to spoil it with food.
Nose/ Devoid of cat pee waftings, which I really appreciate. Nice, ripe flowers and yellow fruits. River stones. Fresh, wet hay. Taste/ Medium mouthfeel. Perfect structure. Multiple layers of yellow fruits, nice woods, and dried hay bliss. Long, clean finish. Wonderful drinking. Astounding-. Try it !! 4.5
I am so excited about this wine! It is just delightful! Savoring it over several hours with friends made for a great evening, as more and more sweet (but not too sweet) surprises unfolded. Light floral scents, caramel, cut grass, and pear were all treats for the nose. Tastes of pear, brown sugar, roast beef and golden fruits were beautifully balanced. They brought the sunniest and most elegant of seaside restaurants to my home on a wintery Texas evening. It’s getting pretty cold in Texas this year . . . I will remember Malk Sauvignon Blanc ’09 when I need a little sunshine. December 15, 2010