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2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc Napa Valley

2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
In our special To Kalon vineyard site, sauvignon blanc expresses its purity of fruit, showcasing zesty tangerine with crisp Asian pear, while weaving in wafts of wild fennel and thyme and a mouthwatering minerality. Its pièce de résistance, however, is the rich textural sensation that comes from vines spreading deep roots in a place in which it shares a special kinship: the To Kalon Vineyard. 98% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Sémillon
Vineyard Notes
2014 started with worrisome, drought-like conditions, and many feared a parched, dry spring as in 2013. Refreshingly, spring rains came in February and into March providing water for the soils and filling reservoirs. The wine growing season will most be remembered for the August 24th earthquake that occurred just as harvest was commencing in the Napa Valley. The vines were not affected and harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. Grape picking took place from August 26th through September 1st.
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, 42% 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 July of 2015.
95 Points - Editor's Choice

From the beautiful, historic site planted to some of the oldest vines of the variety in Northern California, this delicious white explodes in juicy green apple and an intensity of fresh-squeezed lemon. That succulence lingers atop a lengthy, salty texture wrapped in subtle, supportive oak.

Verginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, January 2017
92 Points

...a beauty...with luscious honeysuckle, lemon blossom, and tangerine oil notes, meduim body, beautiful concentration and purity, and a long, dry, authoritative finish.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 30, 2016
90 Points

Smooth, creamy and succulent, with toast, spice and lemon meringue flavors that have length and intensity. Juicy grapefruit and peach flavors mingle with whiffs of honeysuckle and lanolin on the finish.

MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, August 22,2016
90 Points
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 15, 2016
90 Points + Very Good

This very pale yellow colored Sauvignon Blanc from the famed To Kalon Vineyard is for oak lovers. It opens with an oaky banana like bouquet with hints of pineapple and honey. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is an oak influenced yellow grapefruit with notes of honey and Bosc pear some hints of pineapple. The finish is dry and its flavors are very nicely prolonged. This is not your typical Sauvignon Blanc and will be enjoyed by readers who like oak-styled and aged white wines. I would pair this Sauvignon Blanc with pasta carbonara. Enjoy!

Ken, KensWineGuide.com, January 3, 2016
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Fume Blanc
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
To Kalon Vineyard
Acid
6.7 g/L
pH
3.2
Residual Sugar
0.63 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
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