2012 Franciscan Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Appearance: Pale Straw
Aromas: Vivacious and extravagantly aromatic with lime zest, white grapefruit, honeydew melon, and lemongrass. Bright, effusive layers of fresh citrus and tropical fruit are interwoven with subtle mineral and floral notes and a hint of sweet vanilla bean.
Flavors: Full and lively on the palate, brimming with fresh lime, grapefruit, green apple, and citrus blossom. The concentrated fresh-fruit flavors are deliciously true to the variety and echo the aroma, showcasing mouthwatering citrus with subtle grassy notes and crisp, cleansing minerality. Long, clean, refreshing finish.
To bring out the aromas and flavors that make this grape so appealing, we source fruit from several Napa Valley sub-appellations and apply a range of small-lot winemaking techniques. For vineyards offering mineral character, the fruit is gently whole-cluster pressed and undergoes a slow, cold fermentation in tank to capture the purity and minerality of the fruit as you might find in a Loire wine. With vineyards offering rich, expressive fruit, we give the must 6-8 hours of skin contact—a New Zealand technique. The juice is tasted every hour to pinpoint the peak of lime and lemongrass flavor before pressing off the skins. Together, the different lots unite to create a wine with great complexity and vibrancy.
— Janet Myers, Winemaker