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Robert Mondavi 'Oakville' Fume Blanc 2014

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Flavor descriptors: Vibrant lemon verbena, lime blossom, wet stone and fennel flavors glide across the palate in a rich wave that finishes with a bright, refreshing lift. The long finish allows these wonderfully integrated flavors to linger deliciously on the palate. Vintage: 2014 started with worrisome, drought-like conditions, and many feared a parched, dry spring as in 2013. Refreshingly, spring rains came in February and into March providing water for the soils and filling reservoirs. The wine growing season will most be remembered for the August 24th Napa earthquake that occurred just as harvest was commencing in the Napa Valley. The vines were not affected and harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. Grape picking took place from August 19th through September 1st. Vineyards: 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. Winemaking: 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 91% of the wine in 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was then barrel aged on its lees (sûr lie) for eight months with hand stirring (bâtonnage) to integrate flavors and develop its creamy texture. A portion of new barrels (8%) contribute subtle oak spices to the fruit character. The wine was bottled in July, 2015. Varietal Composition: 79 % Sauvignon Blanc 21 % Sémillon Total acid: 6.3 g/L Final pH: 3.15 Residual sugar: 0.57 g/L Alcohol: 14.5 % by volume

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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 'Oakville' Fume Blanc

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/18/2018

Flavor descriptors: Vibrant lemon verbena, lime blossom, wet stone and fennel flavors glide across the palate in a rich wave that finishes with a bright, refreshing lift. The long finish allows these wonderfully integrated flavors to linger deliciously on the palate. Vintage: 2014 started with worrisome, drought-like conditions, and many feared a parched, dry spring as in 2013. Refreshingly, spring rains came in February and into March providing water for the soils and filling reservoirs. The wine growing season will most be remembered for the August 24th Napa earthquake that occurred just as harvest was commencing in the Napa Valley. The vines were not affected and harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. Grape picking took place from August 19th through September 1st. Vineyards: 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. Winemaking: 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 91% of the wine in 60-gallon French oak barrels. The wine was then barrel aged on its lees (sûr lie) for eight months with hand stirring (bâtonnage) to integrate flavors and develop its creamy texture. A portion of new barrels (8%) contribute subtle oak spices to the fruit character. The wine was bottled in July, 2015. Varietal Composition: 79 % Sauvignon Blanc 21 % Sémillon Total acid: 6.3 g/L Final pH: 3.15 Residual sugar: 0.57 g/L Alcohol: 14.5 % by volume



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