2012 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc-Oakville

Year: 2012
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$19.95

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"Crisp and vibrant lemon and grapefruit notes are balanced by a rich, spicy overtone that invokes flavors of coconut, marmalade and Key lime pie. Smooth and juicy, with a touch of passion fruit on the finish. Drink now. 3,458 cases made. –MW " (WS)

"This vintage of 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Sémillon presents a savory study in herbal-laced lemon and melon, rich and ripe. Expressive and expansive, it combines balanced acidity with a dry finish, spicing things up with notes of lemongrass and almond. All fruit is sourced from the famed To Kalon Vineyard." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
Oakville Sauvignon Blanc is celebrated for its ripe fruit, subtle minerality and rich texture, and this wine wonderfully expresses that Oakville personality. The fruit intensity of the 2012 is matched by mouthwatering acidity in a wine that weaves lemon and grapefruit citrus, melon fruit, herbal and verbena floral with lemongrass and an integrated touch of nutty oak character. 92% Sauvignon Blanc & 8% Sémillon

Ratings:
93 Points - Wine & Spirits, US New Releases, October 2014; 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast, October 2014; 92 Points - The Tasting Panel, June 2014; 90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine Online, 11 Refreshing California Sauvignon Blancs, August 4, 2014

Vineyard Notes:
Grapes for our Oakville Fume Blanc were harvested from our To Kalon Vineyard, which surrounds the Robert Mondavi Winery. To Kalon (Greek for highest beauty) is one of Napa Valley’s oldest and most respected vineyards. Here in the geographic center of the valley, To Kalon Vineyard lies against the hills on the Oakville bench, where lean, well-drained soils and an ideal climate foster complex flavors in Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The 2012 vintage is a classic for Napa Valley and excellent one for white wines. Following two cooler and wetter growing seasons, Vineyard Manager, Matt Ashby, calls 2012 a "walk in the park." A dry winter led to well-timed rain in March to saturate the soils and help fill the reservoirs. Warm days and cool nights endured through the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. Our harvest began just before the Labor Day weekend and brought in good yields of vibrant, healthy fruit.

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 100% of the wine in 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was then barrel aged on its lees (sûr lie) for ten months with hand stirring (bâtonnage) to integrate flavors and develop its creamy texture. A portion of new barrels (3%) contribute subtle oak spices to the fruit character. The wine was bottled in August of 2013.