Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2015 

 April 3, 2019

By  Jess Walker

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Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2015

Napa Valley, CA


Cost: $22 (2017 vintage)

Jess - 2/5

Rating: 90 (Wine Enthusiast)

Travis -3/5

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.

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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.

Winemaker Notes:

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

Wine Notes:

  • Winery: Robert Mondavi
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Varietal/Blend: 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon
  • Fermenting/Aging: 6 months in oak

Tasting Notes:

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. That being said, I didn't like most red wines either until I tasted and tasted and learned about the subtle flavors that can be found in the wine.  It's time to put in some effort with the white wines and grow my palate in that direction!

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Jess Walker

I love all things wine: drinking it, learning about how it's made, visiting where it's made, pairing with foods! I'm naturally curious, so back in 2013 during my first trip to Europe when I tasted my first glass of fantastic Rioja, I was hooked and had to start learning all I could on the subject. After a long time of friends asking me for wines to try or activities to add to their vacation itineraries, I decided to start a blog to write it all down. And that is how Wine, Dine, and Roam began!

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