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Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard 1997

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Winemaker's Notes Crisp, vivid notes of citrus and melon weave through our 1999 Fumé Blanc. Elusive floral and herb nuances, reminiscent of narcissus and fresh anise, add complexity. The wine has a beautiful balance of crispness, from the cool vintage, and a rich texture from gentle hand stirring throughout sur lie barrel aging. Refreshing and versatile, our Fumé Blanc can accompany both delicate and spicy foods. Fermentation & Aging Barrel-fermentation and sur lie aging in French oak barrel enhanced the elegant, round texture and lingering, spicy finish of our Fumé Blanc. We gently pressed the grapes as whole clusters and immediately began fermentation to capture the fresh, vibrant fruit character. For increased complexity, we fermented over 85% of the juice in 60-gallon French oak barrels with the balance in stainless steel tanks. We aged the wine sur lie (on the yeast lees) during six months in small French oak barrels to develop creaminess and integrate the flavors of the wine. To add round, melon notes to the crisp Sauvignon Blanc flavors, we blended in 20% Semillon. The wine was then bottled without filtration to retain its full flavor intensity and complexity. Region/Origin: Napa Valley Residual Sugar: Dry (0.103%) Total Acid: 0.70 % Alcohol: 12.5% by volume Final pH: 3.18 Blend: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon

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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

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Snooth User: Paulbab1998
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09/21/2007

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Winemaker's Notes Crisp, vivid notes of citrus and melon weave through our 1999 Fumé Blanc. Elusive floral and herb nuances, reminiscent of narcissus and fresh anise, add complexity. The wine has a beautiful balance of crispness, from the cool vintage, and a rich texture from gentle hand stirring throughout sur lie barrel aging. Refreshing and versatile, our Fumé Blanc can accompany both delicate and spicy foods. Fermentation & Aging Barrel-fermentation and sur lie aging in French oak barrel enhanced the elegant, round texture and lingering, spicy finish of our Fumé Blanc. We gently pressed the grapes as whole clusters and immediately began fermentation to capture the fresh, vibrant fruit character. For increased complexity, we fermented over 85% of the juice in 60-gallon French oak barrels with the balance in stainless steel tanks. We aged the wine sur lie (on the yeast lees) during six months in small French oak barrels to develop creaminess and integrate the flavors of the wine. To add round, melon notes to the crisp Sauvignon Blanc flavors, we blended in 20% Semillon. The wine was then bottled without filtration to retain its full flavor intensity and complexity. Region/Origin: Napa Valley Residual Sugar: Dry (0.103%) Total Acid: 0.70 % Alcohol: 12.5% by volume Final pH: 3.18 Blend: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon

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