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2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley

2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
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Rich layers of fruit flavors of lemon crème, vine-ripened white peach and guava are joined by a subtle yet intriguing hint of ginger on a creamy wave of flavor.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
As with Robert Mondavi's very first vintage of this innovative style of sauvignon blanc, our 2015 Fumé Blanc adds rich layers of fruit to sauvignon blanc's mouthwatering freshness. Lemon crème, vine-ripened white peach and guava are joined by a subtle yet intriguing hint of ginger on a creamy wave of flavor. 96 % Sauvignon Blanc, 4 % Semillon
Vineyard Notes
We take full advantage of the complementary characteristics of the fruit from our Wappo Hill vineyard in the Stag’s Leap District and our renowned To Kalon vineyard in Oakville. Together, they make up the majority of the blend. We look to Wappo Hill for the bright citrus and herbal flavors as well as its classic Sauvignon Blanc lift. Our gorgeous To Kalon vineyard fruit supplies richness, weight, age-ability and increased complexity, bringing in layers of floral, tropical, and mineral flavors to the blend.
Winemaker Notes
2015 started warmer and drier than usual, without a drop of rain in January. The dry conditions continued well into April with some early irrigation in the vineyards. A cooler May reduced fruit set and provided the first signs of a lighter crop for the vintage. The harvest brought in fruit at optimal flavor maturity before a series of heat waves hit the valley. Overall, the 2015 harvest is one of the earliest on record. The grapes for our richly expressive Fumé Blanc were picked between August 6th and September 2nd. 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. Eighty-five percent of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity. The balance underwent a cool fermentation in stainless steel to heighten the vibrant fruity and herbal flavors. The new wine was aged for five 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 a small percentage of Semillon gives the final blend a broader mouth feel and enhanced complexity. The wine was bottled in March 2016.
95 Points

The Mondavi fumé style was the inspiration of the late Robert Mondavi and remains true to his vision today. It has a definite touch of oak, just enough to provide an inviting backdrop for the complex aromas of the Sauvignon Blanc grape (with a touch of Semillon). This vintage exhibits aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, with a grassy back note and stony mineral quality.

Robert Whitley - Wine Review Online, August 8, 2017
92 Points

An authentic sauvignon bland that shows elegance and harmony. Sliced pear, mango and lemon skin. Full body, refined texture, medium to high acidity with a clear finish. Drink now.

JamesSuckling.com, November 29, 2017
90 Points

Pithy, with grapefruit and lemon peel flavors, this wine is deceptively crisp and light on the nose, offering a wealth of body and lushness on the palate, accented with nutmeg and peach. It includes 4% Sémillon, partly from the winery's beloved To Kalon vineyard.

Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
90 Points

Smooth, clean and fresh with citrus and silky texture; balanced, bright and juicy; long and stylish.

Anthony Dias Blue - The Tasting Panel, February 21, 2017
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Fume Blanc
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
6.5 g/L
pH
3.21
Residual Sugar
0.73 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
Product Reviews
Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca's Gravatar
Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
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(Oct 7, 2017 at 5:57 PM)
Fumé Blanc is a wine I reach for more and more when transitioning from summer to fall and Robert Mondavi produces some of the finest available. In fact it was Robert Mondavi that pioneered this wine style in Napa Valley in the 1960s, when he named his barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc 'Fumé Blanc'. The 2014 is a blend of 94% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Sémillon, sourced from the world-famous Napa Valley. Hand harvested, whole cluster pressed, with the majority barrel fermented and then aged for nine months sûr lie to impart a subtle richness and mid-palate mouthfeel that complements and adds further complexity to the inherently fresh and crisp nature of the Sauvignon Blanc. The nose shows lemon-lime, white peach, green melon, gooseberry, sweet herbs, and flinty minerality. The palate offers refreshing citrus and tropical fruits, with lemon grass and crisp minerality on the long finish. Enjoy with Tex-Mex cuisine, creamy lemon-shrimp pasta, or spicy Asian dishes. Tasted September 2017. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

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