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Fumé Blanc Reserve

Wine Enthusiast
September 2011

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The current vintage of Fumé Blanc Reserve is sold out. The next vintage of will be released in April 2014.

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WINE PROFILE

TASTING NOTES

A deliciously compelling dichotomy: Tremendous flavor intensity and generosity of weight countered by vivid freshness and refreshing acidity. The citrus-laced mélange of verbena, white currant, sweet marjoram, white flowers and minerality has subtle undertones of spiced passion fruit, sweet marzipan and creamy, well-integrated oak. Remarkably long, vibrant finish.

PRODUCTION NOTES

98% Sauvignon Blanc 2% Sémillon

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2011 growing season brought tenacious morning fog, unseasonably cool weather and crop loss due to rainfall at flowering time. The good news is that the cool conditions gave the grapes a generous amount of hangtime, which translates to optimum flavor maturity at relatively low brix (sugar). In one of the latest vintages on record, our reserve blocks followed suit and we harvested them over two weeks later than normal, from September 10th through September 22nd. Genevieve noted that although yields were quite low, flavor development was exceptional and sugar to acid balance, impeccable.

VINEYARD NOTES

When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery in 1966 he remarked that “It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain—to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure.” Those sentiments were re-confirmed when the To Kalon Vineyard was named the Vineyard of the Year by the California State Farm Bureau in 2011. Situated on prime benchland in west Oakville, the low fertility, well-drained soils combined with optimal sun exposure yield rich, complex flavors and peak fruit maturity. Over half of the Sauvignon Blanc was harvested from T-block, a heritage block planted in 1960. These dry farmed, head-trained, cane-pruned vines offer purity of varietal expression, great concentration and depth of flavor. A small amount of fruit was selected from historic I-block, for its key contribution of minerality, length and elegance.

WINEMAKING NOTES

The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters, allowing the delicate free-run juice to be kept separate from the press cuts. All of the juice went to French oak barrels, 29% of them new, for a slow, cool fermentation. Throughout ten months in barrels the wine was aged on the yeast lees (sûr lie aging) and hand-stirred (bâtonnage) twice weekly, for a creamy texture and to enhance the volume and length. A small amount of Sémillon was added, bringing increased elegance, richness and roundness to the blend. The wine was bottled in August of 2012.

WINE SPECS

VINTAGE
2011

VARIETAL
Fumé Blanc

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

ACID
8.3 g/L

pH
3.18

RESIDUAL SUGAR
0.59 g/L

ALCOHOL %
13.5

 

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