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
This terrific Sauvignon Blanc is bright, yet slightly juicy to the nose, where Key lime pie, green plum, kumquat, nectarine, vanilla cream and mineral scents create a forthcoming and sophisticated harmony. There is chiseled focus and fine generosity on the palate, where an impression of liquid-minerality brings density to the otherwise creamy texture and adds a firm underpinning to delicious stone fruit and citrus flavors. The finish is long, deep, rich and full of drying minerality, while plum, nectarine, kumquat, quince, honeysuckle and a bit of white pepper all linger in the memory. *** DON GILLETTE Napa Valley Winery Exchange 415 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA 94102 415-771-2887 800-653-9463 email@example.com
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!
Four and a half glasses
A tasting of the 2011 Malk Sauvignon Blanc over an hour after first pour provided our group with all the elements of a sports-car drive through a changing and beautiful landscape. Opened at 52 degrees Fahrenheit, the nose offered a crisp duet of citrus and flint, with a palate display of grapefruit in the middle, tart apricot on the back, and a peppery zing on the top. As the wine warmed in the glass, it blossomed and revealed more delightful treasures. The nose added aromas of espresso, dry earth, trumpet vine flowers, melon, and green apple, along with wafts of ocean breeze and beach sand. The peppery zing pushed the citrus wider on the palate and rendered it more complex, adding swells of lemon and lime. The mouthfeel became soft and velvety as the nectar continued to warm. When the apricot sweetened a bit in the back, becoming almost custard-like, the center filled with notes of buttery vanilla and hints of pear. Diversity with harmony made for an enchanting excursion. We recommend savoring your first bottle of the 2011 without food so you won’t miss the subtleties of these intriguing changes. 7/28/2012.
I put together a Sauvignon Blanc tasting to highlight/contrast the differences between Malk 2011 S.B., Girgich Hills 2007 Fume Blanc, and Joesph Mellot 2011 Sancere. These are all wonderful wines and I chose to pair them with a Cambodian charred catfish dish with mango slaw. The Mellot was classic Sancerre with grassy notes, minerality, high acid and crisp mouth feel. A strong contrast to the other two. Served chilled. The Girgich Hills had softened with age and felt velvety on the pallet with notes of honey. A good choice for the S.B. fan who is averse to acid. Served chilled and decanted. The Malk Family was clearly the star of the show. Served at room temperature as the wine maker recommends this wine has amazing balance. My guests were immediately impressed. I received two bottles of this wine in the spring and opened one immediately and my initial thought was that the 2011 did not live up to the greatness of the 2010. It was a good wine but seemed a bit rough, young. 6 months of bottle age and the 2011 is truly magnificent. It's the white wine for people who love a full body red but for one reason or another can't drink red wine. I would pair this with any dish that includes fresh sweet and sour veggies and fruits. We had a salad of julienne vegetables, crisp apple, and seafood with heat from diced jalapenos that the Malk Sauvignon Blanc stood up to and complimented nicely. The fish/mango brought out ginger flavors from the Malk that I had not yet experienced in earlier tastings. Cheers to Malk Family Vineyards and their amazing wine.
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