The 2022 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is bright, crisp, and refreshing with aromatic notes of white peach, lemon verbena, lime peel and white elderflower floral blossom on the nose. More subtle notes of brioche toast and biscuit crumb support the lively fruit (a nod to the subtle oak influence) alongside a delicate mineral flintiness. The palate is rich, creamy, and round with notes of Meyer lemon, green apple, lime pith, cassis bud and lychee. There is a zippy, racing acidity throughout, creating a mouthwatering texture and lively backbone that carries all the way through to the lip-smacking, crisp, finish. The length is long, perfumed, and complex with layers of white peach, lanolin, white floral musk and hints of white pepper. This is the perfect summer sipper, making it an ideal accompaniment to crudités, charcuterie, and aperitivo-style dining.
The first half of the 2022 harvest started calm and early, with healthy vineyards offering fruit with bright acidity, fruit-forward flavors, and strong yields for white varietals and thin-skinned reds. Then, California experienced a historic heat wave in early September that ramped up the pace of ripening, compelling a fast and furious harvest as winemakers worked to pick fruit at its best quality. Fortunately, strong vines and proactive irrigation helped many vineyards survive the heat. The second half was much more predictable with cooler temperatures through October, so that later-ripening red varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, could develop their full flavor and tannin profile.