2011 Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc Napa Valley
A substantial, mouth-filling wine with notable richness, yet it’s teeming with freshness and energy. It strikes a beautiful, Sancerre-like balance of citrusy fruit and herbal flavors – citrus, honeydew, lemon verbena - with cleansing minerality and racy acidity. There’s a captivating sense of lift on the palate with a lithe, creamy underpinning that carries through the long, elegant finish.
This is a classic Napa Valley blend that brings together the best of the valley’s American Viticultural Areas, each sub region contributing something a little different to the blend. The Stag’s Leap District was our primary source and offers the quintessential attributes that distinguish Sauvignon Blanc: bright citrus, fresh herbs and mineral flavors. The warmer locations add opulence, floral character and delightful tropical notes. The breadth of fruit sources provided a myriad of flavors for the blend, ultimately shaping a wine of great character and complexity.
96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon
The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters, minimizing skin contact, to retain freshness and vibrancy. 67% of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity. The balance underwent a cool fermentation in stainless steel to showcase the lively fruity and herbal flavors. The new wine was aged for nine months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, sûr lie (on the yeast lees), and hand stirred twice a month for a creamy texture and seamless integration of flavors. The wine was bottled November, 2012.