Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fume Blanc
|Region||California, United States|
|Grape||Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon|
|Brand||Robert Mondavi Winery|
Consistently beautiful weather in 2013 with almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development and acid retention in the grapes, resulting in an early and healthy harvest. Grape picking took place from August 15th through September 25th.
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.
Grape Sourcing: Napa Valley –89% (61% Wappo Hill Vineyard, 20% To Kalon Vineyard)
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. Sixty percent of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity, with eight percent in new French oak. The balance underwent a cool fermentation in stainless steel to heighten the vibrant fruity and herbal flavors. The new wine was aged for five 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 10% Semillon gives the final blend a broader mouth feel and enhanced complexity.
90% Sauvignon Blanc
Total acid: 5.7 g/L
Final pH: 3.22
Residual sugar: 0.70 g/L
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
A kaleidoscope of lively tangerine and lime zest, gooseberry, honeydew melon, jasmine, and orange blossom aromas swirl into a crisp sip of lemon-lime citrus, melon, and fresh meadow flavors with a touch of pea tendrils and newly-cut ginger root in a vibrantly refreshing wine that sends waves of flavor along its wonderfully long, lingering finish.
Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for Robert Mondavi Winery. This first-growth vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.
Along with To Kalon Vineyard, Robert Mondavi Winery sources grapes from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards, including Stag’s Leap (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc) and Carneros (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).
Mr. Mondavi believed that wines should reflect their origins, that they are the product of the soil, the climate, and the careful stewardship of those precious resources. He also believed in combining the newest techniques and technology with time-honored winemaking traditions.