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Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 50th Anniversary Napa Valley 2015

External Review by WineExpress.com:

The original Napa Valley Fume Blanc, Robert Mondavi coined the term back in the 60's and created a new category of white wine. 100% Sauvignon Blanc just like the French namesake Pouilly Fume, and 68% is barrel fermented in French oak and aged on the lies for four months. This adds richness and complexity that's hard to come by in most California Sauvignon Blanc. This is their 50th Anniversary vintage. For this wine grape were sourced from 70% Wappo Hill Vineyard, 13% To Kalon Vineyard, 6% Napa Carneros, all Napa Valley grapes hand-harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters. 85% percent of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity. 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 a small percentage of Semillon gives the final blend a broader mouth feel and enhanced complexity. Wine Review Online scored this 95 points saying "The Mondavi fumé style was the inspiration of the late Robert Mondavi and remains true to his vision today. It has a definite touch of oak, just enough to provide an inviting backdrop for the complex aromas of the Sauvignon Blanc grape (with a touch of Semillon). This vintage exhibits aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, with a grassy back note and a stony mineral quality."

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Robert Mondavi Winery:
  The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 after a family split with the Charles Krug Winery, which had been founded by Robert’s father.  After heading out on his own, Robert settled on land in Napa valley, and in particular the famed To Kalon Vineyard in the Rutherford district. The original plot in To Kalon Vineyard was only 12 acres, but today there are 450 acres und... Read more
  The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 after a family split with the Charles Krug Winery, which had been founded by Robert’s father.  After heading out on his own, Robert settled on land in Napa valley, and in particular the famed To Kalon Vineyard in the Rutherford district. The original plot in To Kalon Vineyard was only 12 acres, but today there are 450 acres under vine. The Robert Mondavi Winery also includes the Wappo Hill Vineyard, which is a 400 acre plot in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Within a year of its inception, the Robert Mondavi Winery proved to be a true pioneer, not only with the establishment of his winery but also by introducing and popularizing the use of French oak barrels for wine, European wine techniques, and the bottling of varietal wines. Robert Mondavi Winery only uses French Oak barrels for storing wine, and his influence and success led to the practice’s prevalence. Among Mondavi’s greatest successes one would have to count the creation of the Fume Blanc moniker for Sauvignon Blanc as well as the introduction of his benchmark Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet. Today Robert Mondavi’s legacy is carried on under the watchful eye of his wife who works with the current winemakers Genevieve Janssens, Gustavo Gonzalez, and Richard Arnold to ensure that today’s Robert Mondavi wines deliver the elegance, appeal, and character that Robert had intended. Read less

External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 50th Anniversary Napa Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
08/10/2017

The original Napa Valley Fume Blanc, Robert Mondavi coined the term back in the 60's and created a new category of white wine. 100% Sauvignon Blanc just like the French namesake Pouilly Fume, and 68% is barrel fermented in French oak and aged on the lies for four months. This adds richness and complexity that's hard to come by in most California Sauvignon Blanc. This is their 50th Anniversary vintage. For this wine grape were sourced from 70% Wappo Hill Vineyard, 13% To Kalon Vineyard, 6% Napa Carneros, all Napa Valley grapes hand-harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters. 85% percent of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity. 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 a small percentage of Semillon gives the final blend a broader mouth feel and enhanced complexity. Wine Review Online scored this 95 points saying "The Mondavi fumé style was the inspiration of the late Robert Mondavi and remains true to his vision today. It has a definite touch of oak, just enough to provide an inviting backdrop for the complex aromas of the Sauvignon Blanc grape (with a touch of Semillon). This vintage exhibits aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, with a grassy back note and a stony mineral quality."


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
07/22/2017

The original Napa Valley Fume Blanc, Robert Mondavi coined the term back in the 60's and created a new category of white wine. 100% Sauvignon Blanc just like the French namesake Pouilly Fume, and 68% is barrel fermented in French oak and aged on the lies for four months. This adds richness and complexity that's hard to come by in most California Sauvignon Blanc. This is their 50th Anniversary vintage. For this wine grape were sourced from 70% Wappo Hill Vineyard, 13% To Kalon Vineyard, 6% Napa Carneros, all Napa Valley grapes hand-harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters. 85% percent of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity. 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 a small percentage of Semillon gives the final blend a broader mouth feel and enhanced complexity. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 90 points saying "Pithy, with grapefruit and lemon peel flavors, this wine is deceptively crisp and light on the nose, offering a wealth of body and lushness on the palate, accented with nutmeg and peach. It includes 4% Sémillon, partly from the winery's beloved To Kalon vineyard."




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