Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2015
|Napa Valley, CA
|Cost: $22 (2017 vintage)
|Jess – 2/5
|Rating: 90 (Wine Enthusiast)
I will confess that I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to white wines. I am just starting to explore them and figure out what contributes to their flavor profiles. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Fume Blanc, and so many others.
Before trying this wine, I wasn’t even sure what a Fume Blanc was! If you don’t know either, it is a Sauvignon Blanc that has spent at least some time being aged in oak. However, this is not a legal distinction and can be used by winemakers interchangeably with Sauvignon Blanc.
It was actually Mondavi himself that first tried aging this grape in oak and gave it its name. He never registered it with a trademark so other winemakers could use the name Fume Blanc.
This crisp, refreshing wine captures the vivid character of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and exhibits bright citrus, melon, floral, and mineral notes.
~ Robert Mondavi Wines
- Winery: Robert Mondavi
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Varietal/Blend: 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon
- Fermenting/Aging: 6 months in oak
Very thin wine compared to the others we were drinking and it was also pretty acidic. It was very light aromas on the nose. Light pale straw with lemongrass, grapefruit, and a bit of bitterness – maybe citrus peel? Very mineral flavors in the long finish.
So far, I have not been a fan of any oaked white wines, including this Fume Blanc. At least not that I’m aware of… but I have only really had 3 since I have really started focusing on learning more about all types of wine.
This wine is quite popular and gets amazing ratings – it’s just not for me.
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