2009 Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc The Fume

Year: 2009
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 87
White Wine
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"The star of this line-up is the delicious, exotic, fruit-forward 2009 The Fume, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc from the North Coast (primarily Lake County and Alexander Valley). It offers abundant notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, fig and melons in a crisp, fresh, medium-bodied, exotic, exuberant style. It needs to be consumed over the next year. " (WA)

"A huge advancement over the precious vintage, representing new decisions by the winery. It’s a rich, easy-drinking wine, showing delightful lime, peach, melon and lemongrass flavors, brightened with crisp acidity. " (WE)

Winery Notes:
The 2009 vintage was predominately fermented in stainless steel to retain the citrus and tropical fruit aromatics while the balance was barrel fermented in French and American oak to increase the mouthfeel and develop flavors of white peach and honeydew melon. We also use a clone of Sauvignon Blanc called Sauvignon Musqué to add a hint of orange blossom and tangerine and, for the first time ever, we blended in some estate Semillon. The Semillon adds wonderful floral notes and nice texture.