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.
The Growing Season
"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.
Blending grapes from three sites allowed us to showcase all this incredible vintage has to offer. Windy Flats Vineyard is located on a gentle, sloping hillside in eastern Napa that is surrounded by towering, shear bluffs of volcanic rock. On typical summer mornings, fog from the valley cascades over these bluffs, keeping this vineyard 5º - 10ºF cooler than surrounding areas. The soils are well-drained gravelly loam and areas of shale. The three clones planted here add to the complexity of the wine. The second site is the Alsace Vineyard, located in the famed Rutherford AVA. The soils from this upper east-side bench are a mix of red and brown gravelly loam with excellent drainage. The site provides the perfect amount of daytime heat to ripen the Sauvignon Blanc but also enjoys cool evenings, necessary for uniform ripening, good acidity and full maturity at harvest. And to finish this, we added aromatic Sauvignon Musqué from an organically farmed vineyard in Yountville. Each of these vineyards has its own distinct personality, which when blended gave us the harmonious, complex style we’re always striving for in Ziata wines.
100% Sauvignon Blanc