2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
87% Sauvignon Blanc and 13% Semillon
The 2012 vintage honors Mr. Mondavi’s legacy in full, showing remarkably high aromatics: a lush, floral and tropical mélange intertwined with lime zest, wet stones, fresh herbs and lemon curd. The generously fruity, mouthfilling flavors feature an intriguing, textured minerality, the creamy richness lifted by lively, refreshing acidity. Lingering fresh lime and lemon verbena finish.
Bronze Medal - Sunset Magazine's International Wine Competition, June 2014
Napa Valley – 58% Wappo Hill Vineyard, 34% To Kalon Vineyard;
The balance from the Carneros AVA in Napa Valley
We take full advantage of the complementary characteristics of the fruit from our Wappo Hill vineyard, in the Stag’s Leap District, and that from our renowned To Kalon vineyard at the winery, in the Oakville District. Together, they make up over 90% of the blend. We look to Wappo Hill for the bright citrus and herbal flavors and refreshing sense of lift that has made Sauvignon Blanc a classic. The beautiful fruit from our To Kalon vineyard adds richness, weight, age-ability and increased complexity, bringing in layers of floral, tropical, mineral and lemongrass flavors to the blend.
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. 64% of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity. The balance underwent a cool fermentation in stainless steel to heighten the lively fruity and herbal flavors. The new wine
was aged for six 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 addition of 13% Semillon gave the final blend a broader mouthfeel and further enhanced complexity.