on March 19, 2013
After a few disappointing harvests with low yields and small case productions, boy, did we need a harvest like 2012! The Lairds have been farming grapes since 1970, and Ken Laird admitted that 2012 was the best harvest he’s seen in the 40 years that he’s been here. Of course, this may not apply to all grape growers in the valley. With so many different microclimates and varietals that are grown in Napa, grape growers are going to have different experiences depending on their location; but for the Lairds, 2012 was a very exciting year.
This past harvest brought enormously high yields with outstanding quality. And while many of us are still enjoying our current release wines, such as 2008, 2009, 2010, or what have you, I’m sure that there are many out there who are just like me, waiting ever so impatiently to try the nectar that the Wine Gods brought us in 2012!
Well…the wait is over, sort of. We recently bottled our first wines from the 2012 harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Rosé of Syrah. (Sorry, red wine lovers, you’re going to have to wait another 2 to 4 years to really enjoy this harvest…but it’ll be worth it!)
I remember tasting the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc immediately after being bottled last year, and it was extremely light. You really had to search for the fruit. Even though white wines don’t necessarily need ageing, the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc was one that did benefit from sitting in the bottle for a couple of months. However, after some brief bottle ageing, the 2011 finally released those pronounced aromas of citrus and tropical fruit that our SB typically offers.
That wasn’t the case for 2012. As soon as we cracked open that bottle of 2012 Big Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, the aromas wafted through the air and into our sinuses, sending signals to our brain that cried out, “drink me, drink me.” So we did. Brilliant flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, honeydew melon, and pear danced on our palates, inviting us to dance along with them.
Ah, yes, 2012 was indeed a great harvest.