2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Oakville Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
92% Sauvignon Blanc & 8% Sémillon
Oakville Sauvignon Blanc is celebrated for its ripe fruit, subtle minerality and rich texture, and this wine wonderfully expresses that Oakville personality. The fruit intensity of the 2012 is matched by mouthwatering acidity in a wine that weaves lemon and grapefruit citrus, melon fruit, herbal and verbena floral with lemongrass and an integrated touch of nutty oak character.
93 Points - Wine & Spirits, US New Releases, October 2014
Grown at To-Kalon, where Mondavi planted what are now its oldest dry-farmed, head-pruned sauvignon vines in 1960, this is mostly from a younger planting on that site from the early 1990s. The wine barrel-fermented in older oak and aged ten months on the lees. So you'd expect a major oak presence and something creamy-rich. You get that, plus a persistence of nectarine and white peach flavor, creating a fascinating dynamic with the oak tannins, together enhancing the earthy character of the fruit. - Joshua Greene
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast, October 2014
This vintage of 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Sémillon presents a savory study in herbal-laced lemon and melon, rich and ripe. Expressive and expansive, it combines balanced acidity with a dry finish, spicing things up with notes of lemongrass and almond. All fruit is sourced from the famed To Kalon Vineyard. - V.B
92 Points - The Tasting Panel, June 2014
Lemon and Key lime ripe and tart with a juicy pineapple essence that rushes over the stone floor that lines the palate. Tarragon and clean, green herbs add character and rich texture and placates the high acidity. A wonderful vintage for an iconic wine.
90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine Online, 11 Refreshing California Sauvignon Blancs, August 4, 2014
The crisp and vibrant lemon and grapefruit notes are balanced by a rich, spicy overtone that invokes flavors of coconut, marmalade and Key lime pie. Smooth and juicy, with a touch of passion fruit on the finish. Drink now. 3,458 cases made. - M.W.
The 2012 vintage is a classic for Napa Valley and excellent one for white wines. Following two cooler and wetter growing seasons, Vineyard Manager, Matt Ashby, calls 2012 a "walk in the park." A dry winter led to well-timed rain in March to saturate the soils and help fill the reservoirs. Warm days and cool nights endured through the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. Our harvest began just before the Labor Day weekend and brought in good yields of vibrant, healthy fruit.
Grapes for our Oakville Fume Blanc were harvested from our To Kalon Vineyard, which surrounds the Robert Mondavi Winery. To Kalon (Greek for highest beauty) is one of Napa Valley’s oldest and most respected vineyards. Here in the geographic center of the valley, To Kalon Vineyard lies against the hills on the Oakville bench, where lean, well-drained soils and an ideal climate foster complex flavors in Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
Appellation: 100% Oakville District, Napa Valley, 100% To Kalon Vineyard
We hand-harvested the Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon in the cool, early morning and then gently pressed the whole clusters, minimizing skin contact, to retain freshness and vibrancy in the wine. For richness and complexity, we barrel-fermented 100% of the wine in 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was then barrel aged on its lees (sûr lie) for ten months with hand stirring (bâtonnage) to integrate flavors and develop its creamy texture. A portion of new barrels (3%) contribute subtle oak spices to the fruit character. The wine was bottled in August of 2013.