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2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Oakville Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.

Ratings
Rated 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

Rated 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."

Rated 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.

Vineyard Notes
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

Production Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Fume Blanc
Appellation
Oakville
Acid
7.3 g/L
pH
3.11
Aging
10 momths in French oak
Residual Sugar
0.60 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Spectator
90
Wine & Spirits
93
2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Oakville Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
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