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2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc Napa Valley

2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
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The wine's complex flavors and long, lingering finish beautifully express our rare, old vine To Kalon sauvignon blanc.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our Fumé Blanc Reserve is rich and expressive with cantaloupe and guava fruit; a touch of grapefruit and lemon drops; sage, lemon blossom and a note of minerality; with the subtle undertone of toast. The wine's complex flavors and long, lingering finish beautifully express our rare, old vine To Kalon sauvignon blanc. Each sip reminds us of how honored we are to be working with this very special winegrowing site.
Vineyard Notes
This wine is a true expression of our To Kalon Vineyard's historic Robert's Block, our renamed T Block first planted in 1960. 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." 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 Robert's Block. 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 our equally historic I-block, for its key contribution of minerality, length and elegance. Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an 'epic' year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual bud break. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. Grape picking took place from August 17th through August 30th.
Winemaker Notes
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. Almost all of the juice was barrel fermented in French oak, 32% new, for a slow, cool fermentation. The wine was then aged on its lees (sûr lie) for nine months and was hand-stirred (bâtonnage) twice weekly, for a creamy texture and to enhance the volume and length. A small amount of Sémillon was added giving the final blend a richer mouth feel and further complexity. We used two cement egg-shaped fermentation vessels to explore the purity of fruit that comes from this production method and added this wine to the final blend. The wine was bottled in November of 2014.
91 Points

An opulent and ripe expression, with tropical overtones from the toasted coconut and mango flavors, showing ripe peach accents and a fleshy body. Features details of crisp lemon, dried pineapple, spice and honeysuckle. Harmonious on the long refreshing finish. Drink now. 1,884 case made

M.W., Wine Spectator, November 2015
90 Points

Half of this wine comes from vines planted in the 1960s, the old vines providing an unusual depth of flavor to this sauvignon blanc. It's plump with litchi and guava notes over tart, citrusy acidity. Hints of lime leaf come up in the finish, though the wine remains muted and needs a year or two of bottle age to fully open.

Wine & Spirits, January 22, 2016
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Fume Blanc
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
To Kalon Vineyard
Alcohol %
14.5
Product Reviews
George warden's Gravatar
George warden
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(May 21, 2015 at 12:59 PM)
Very interesting Fume Blanc not at all grassy. Pleasant taste!

Jeff Harrison's Gravatar
Jeff Harrison
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(Jan 7, 2016 at 9:27 PM)
I treated this in the reserve room when we visited Mondavi in August. I knew the second I smelled and tasted it, my wife would have to try it and this was by far her favorite wine during our stay in wine country. I bought four and should have bought a case. It's clean, refreshing and the bouquet is wonderful. Buy it!

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