Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Reserve Napa Valley 2012

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Napa Valley

Varietal   White Blend

Retail Price   $40

ABV   13.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Pale gold color with loads of legs showing its weight.

Aromatics

Rich and intense nose with waves of peach and nectarine supported by notes of mineral, bread dough, lemon curd, thyme, and kiwi.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose with a silky, fruit-driven core with accents of oak, mineral, and a champagne like yeasty backdrop.

Intensity & Texture

This is a big and rich Sauvignon Blanc with evident oak influence.

Cool Factor

B

It's a B level of cool for me with a nod to the To Kalon vineyard (see analysis).

Value Grade

C

At $40 a bottle this is beyond the comfort zone for many Sauvignon Blanc shoppers but it is a big, statement wine with a certain clientele.

Analysis

The grapes for this reserve Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from the famed To Kalon vineyard. Robert Mondavi originally chose the To Kalon vineyard as the home for his new winery back in 1966. A portion of the grapes for this wine were gathered from a block originally planted in 1960. This wine was fermented in French oak (28% new) and aged on its lees (residual yeast and other pratfalls that have separated from the wine) to add richness and a creamy texture.

How to Enjoy

Enjoy chilled and best served with food. Roast pork or sautéed duck breast or good choices.

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