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2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley

2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Fresh Meyer lemon and tangerine citrus aromas spring from the glass, joined by juicy grapefruit, ripe peach, guava and a hint of freshly cut grass in our iconic Fumé Blanc wine. The style, created by Robert Mondavi decades ago, has been endearing American wine lovers to the virtues of the Sauvignon Blanc grape ever since.
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 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
Production Notes
Generous winter rains helped alleviate the drought conditions of the past four years, and the 2016 growing season started early. Throughout the summer months, we enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cool evenings, providing balancing acidity to our sun-ripened grapes. The near-perfect growing season continued through harvest and our grapes were safely in the cellar as the valley's first significant rainstorm arrived late October. We are grateful for a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines. The grapes for our richly expressive Fumé Blanc were picked between August 3rd and September 22nd.
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. All of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity, with 2% in new French oak for added texture and complexity. The new wine was aged for six (6) 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 April 2017
90 Points

If you're looking for an alternative to the wildly (albeit often deliciously so) acidic renditions of Sauvignon Blanc, look no further than this iconic bottling from the place that coined the name Fumé Blanc. Barrel fermentation and the addition of eight percent Semillon rounds off the acidity without reducing it, leaving a wine that's both crisp and creamy in a dry and refreshing manner. Here's to continuing the legacy of good things.

Rich Cook - WineReviewOnline, May 8, 2018
Wine Specs
Fume Blanc
Napa Valley
6.5 g/L
Residual Sugar
0.40 g/L
Alcohol %
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