The 2012 Ziata Sauvignon Blanc just jumps out of the glass, first with aromas of juicy white grapefruit and green apple. Just below these dominant characters are hints of ripe mango, lime zest and honeysuckle. Then more subtly, sweet grass, nutmeg and white flowers fill out the dynamic nose. It is classic and polished with a gentle viscosity that gives it depth and intensity. It is a totally dry wine, but with its generous fruit and mouth feel, it gives a slight perception of sweetness. The finish is bright, clean, long and lovely.
"Classic" and "perfect" are just two accolades bestowed upon the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool, often foggy, nights during the summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley's wine grapes reached optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar.
While the vineyards of Napa Valley are intentionally farmed at lower yields to bring only the very best grape to harvest, the abundance of perfectly ripe grapes this year—with their smooth balance of acids and sugars—provided an even broader sweep of opportunities for winemakers to cull only the most select fruit.