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2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Oakville Napa Valley

2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Oakville Napa Valley
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SKU: 80016667-14
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Vibrant lemon verbena, lime blossom, wet stone and fennel flavors glide across the palate in a rich wave that finishes with a bright, refreshing lift. The long finish allows these wonderfully integrated flavors to linger deliciously on the palate.

79% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% 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 Napa 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 19th through September 1st.
Winemaker Notes
We hand-harvested the Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon in the cool, early morning and then gently pressed the whole clusters, minimizing skin contact, to retain freshness and vibrancy in the wine. For richness and complexity, we barrel-fermented 91% of the wine in 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was then barrel aged on its lees (sûr lie) for eight months with hand stirring (bâtonnage) to integrate flavors and develop its creamy texture. A portion of new barrels (8%) contribute subtle oak spices to the fruit character. The wine was bottled in July, 2015.
94 Points

A blend of 79% Sauvignon Blanc and 21% Sémillon barrel fermented largely in 60-gallon French oak barrels, this is a well-integrated and substantial offering of sublime texture, length and complexity. Jasmine aromas ride atop fresh, vibrant layers of Meyer lemon and nectarine, a stony mineral element persistent on the finish.

Virginie Boone - Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2018
91 Points

Rich and opulent, offering a mix of honeysuckle, candied ginger peel, and lemon verbena flavors on a smooth and crisp body. Strikes a terrific balance and finishes with plenty of spice and zest.

MaryAnn Worobiec - Wine Spectator, May 31, 2018
91 Points

Robert Mondavi produced the first Fumé Blanc in 1968, inventing a new name and a new style for sauvignon blanc. Fifty years later, the wine is still distinctive, this vintage being super oaky at first, then staurated with a rich, golden fruit presence. It's as savory as a meat broth with notes of flamed orange zest. Decant it for ginnery braised rabbit.

Wine & Spirits, May 2018
Wine Specs
Fume Blanc
6.3 g/L
Residual Sugar
0.57 g/L
Alcohol %
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