Malk Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012
With each passing year, we are growing more accustomed to working with this excellent vineyard site for Sauvignon Blanc. Whole cluster pressing, fermentations with indigenous yeasts in neutral barrels, and less aging all enhance the nuances these vines offer. Aromas of fresh lime blossoms jump from the glass, highlighted by notes of ripe peach, citrus zest, and a subtle, flinty minerality. This wine is incredibly fresh and lively on the palate, with a textured and developed mouth feel that far exceeds expectations. A Sauvignon Blanc worthy of the great 2012 vintage
We haven’t been this excited about a white wine in a long time. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is the best showing ever of this varietal from Malk Family Vineyards. In fact, it redefines the category. Stunningly complex and balanced, the wine delights both nose and palate with a continuous evolution of yellow fruits, blended harmoniously with intermittent notes of bitter-sweet minerality. The nose opens to a spray of rich ripe peach, with hints of cantaloupe, apricot and tangerine. The palate launches with equal pleasure, as taste buds are engaged in a parade of brightly nuanced fruit flavors, framed with a pleasantly tart and tangy acidity. Opening to peach, the symphony of savors moves through apricot to a tropical mélange, highlighted with delicious pineapple. Then comes the most wonderful of surprises – just when one might expect a Sauvignon Blanc to simply end, an astonishing finish begins instead, as if Merlin himself were stirring the brew afresh, bringing up delicate sedimentary tidbits of sweet slate and bright rocky trimmings to embellish the experience and create an entirely new moment in the wine’s delivery. The finish is amazingly long, complex and enchanting. We enjoyed this wine at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmer than traditional temperature seemed to suit it, and certainly, its treasures opened lushly. What a sumptuous summertime pleasure! ~ Winefire May 30, 2013
Nose/ As with all her previous vintages, thankfully zero cat/ammonia wafts. Soft, clean, cream and toast notes layered over gorgeous, dripping, aromas of pear and yellow tropicals. Freshly steeped hay. Citrus zest over crushed river rocks. Yellow flowers. Taste/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Multiple layers of tropicals, soft citrus, pear, lychee, and yellow flowers. Honeydew melon with a spritz of lime juice. Ever-changing. The wood layers are thankfully devoid of any butter or vanilla notes, and her softness and depth are simply marvels for a sauvignon blanc. An extended, and a lightly wooded, close also sports a thin knifing of crushed rocks. Another simply stunning sauvignon blanc from Malk Family Vineyards. As I’ve said before, she just might just change what you think a SB can be. Somehow, Robbie Meyer can craft sauvignon blancs that are better at, or just below, room temperature. Her body is full, supple, and coating but she also pops you with zesty acids. Bravo. Rating = A+ / 5 Glasses / 5 out of 5 stars, etc.! Do yourself a favor and try this gem!
The 2012 Vintage is just as good as everyone that has tasted is saying it is! It’s absolutely delightful! I loved the smooth peach taste that finished with subtle lemon/lime acidity. It is very well rounded. It’s recommended to drink warmer than most Sauvignon Blanc’s to experience all the wonderful flavors. I can’t wait to drink more! Well done!
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