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2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc Napa Valley

2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Vibrantly expressive, this wine reveals the weight and complexity of fruit from our noble To Kalon vineyard where deep-rooted, old vines consistently produce sauvignon blanc of great depth and flavor. Intense lemon crème and tangerine citrus is layered with mineral, orange blossom and verbena complexity, flowing elegantly across the palate into a deliciously long finish.
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: “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 combine with optimal sun exposure to yield rich, complex flavors and peak fruit maturity. The dry farmed, head-trained, cane-pruned vines on Robert’s Block 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.
Winemaker Notes
The 2016 Fumé Blanc Reserve continues the tradition of making world-class Sauvignon Blanc from our historic To Kalon Vineyard. Genevieve Janssens - Director of Winemaking
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 wonderfully expressive Fumé Blanc were picked between August 5th and August 23rd.
93+ Points

A blend of 94% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Sémillon, the 2016 Fume Blanc Reserve To Kalon Vineyard gives beautiful white peaches, pink grapefruit and guava scents wiht hings of orange blossoms and wild thyme. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a satiny texture and tons of peachy flavors, finishing long and perfumed.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate, October 2018
93 Points

The 2016 Fume Blanc Reserve comes all from the To Kalon vineyard and includes 7% Semillon. It's another impressive white that has a Loire-like vibe in its lemon grass, crushed lime, citrus pit, and subtly mineral-laced aromas and flavors. It has terrific cut and focus on the palate and is an outstanding, serious Sauvignon Blanc.

Jed Dunnuck -, January 31, 2019
Wine Specs
Fume Blanc
Napa Valley
7.5 g/L
Residual Sugar
0.36 g/L
Alcohol %
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