91 Points - James Suckling
92 Insider Points
"This shows lots of clean fruit character with white peach and light grapefruit. Some yogurt. Medium body, bright acidity and a freash and clean finish". - James Suckling
Big Name Brings Big Flavor
And it's hitting the ball way out of the park. Fume Blanc of course gained its fame when Mondavi first dubbed the wine in the 1960s. Since then, the style has flowed over to a number of other producers, but at the end of the day, Mondavi is still doing it atht the top of the pack.
Bright lemon grass on the nose. Light-medium body with zippy acidity and tones of lemon-lime, kumquat, white flowers and fresh minerality. Finishes with a flurry of citrus. Perfect any time of the year. 92 Points - JZ Aug '18
86% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Semillon
Oakville, Napa Valley
We are honored to be featuring one of the most historical white wines of all time, the Mondavi Fumé Blanc. The story starts back in the late 60s, when Sauvignon Blanc suffered from a bad rep. It was either too sweet, too grassy, or poorly made, so people stayed away from drinking it. Mondavi saw the chance to change this trend.
Through Mondavi's travels, he had the pleasure of visiting one of the most famous regions of Sauvignon Blanc, called Pouilly-Fumé in the Loire Valley region of France. Mondavi started the trend of adding Sauvingnon Blanc to oak barrels. This was one of the greatest marketing strategies of its time as well as the highest quality of the varietal.
· The Robert Mondavi spared no expense on this one. Nearly 100% barrel fermented, in French oak, the wine was then matured on its lees for nine months with twice weekly bâtonnage for a finish that is more decadently similar to an oak-aged Chardonnay. Naturally, the grapes’ more vivid acidity plays off all this richness, resulting a enviably balanced, white-peach scented beauty.
· This white is from a 96-point Wine Advocate vintage that offered ideal conditions for grape growing throughout the Napa Valley.
· A small amount (14%) of estate-grown Sémillon was added to the final blend, providing for a richer, more nutty finish to the wine.
From the winemaker:
Succulent ripe white peach, lemon verbena and lime blossom are made all the more vibrant by a subtle hint of fresh spearmint and herb. While bright and refreshing, the mouth-watering fruit sits on the palate with a creamy weight and lingers on the deliciously long finish.
From the winery:
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.
The Robert Mondavi winemaking and vineyard teams are proud to carry on their founder's mandate to always strive higher, to pursue Robert Mondavi's goal of excellence with the same passion and innovative spirit, moving forward with programs that break barriers and open new frontiers.
Leading this initiative is Geneviève Janssens, Director of Winemaking. Geneviève, whose relationship with the winery began in 1978, was selected Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast in 2010.
Pair this with a delicious Asian or a light seafood dish. This also tastes lovely next to a decadent cheese plate.