fume blanc/sauv blanc

Wine Review | Robert Mondavi 2009 Fume Blanc

2009 fume blancRobert Mondavi 2009 Fume Blanc, Napa Valley

The Blend: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon

Alcohol: 13.8%

Grape sourcing: 49% Stag’s Leap district (46% Wappo Hill Vineyard)

33% Oakville(30% To Kalon Vineyard) 13% Napa Valley, 5% Northern Cal

Winemaking:  Hand harvested were whole cluster pressed, 60% barrel fermented in 60 gallon French oak barrels, 40% stainless steel.  Stirred and aged sur lie

Suggested retail: $20

One thing that the Robert Mondavi Winery is good at is consistency.  It’s not the only thing that they’re good at, but it’s good to know that which ever wine you purchase from them will at least be as consistent as the last, and consistently decent.

This wine has a nice flowery nose with a hint of sweet tropical fruit.  The palate consists of white peach and nectarine.  There is a nice amount of crisp acidity on this wine considering the nose would have you believe it is a sweeter wine.  The retail is $20, but if you can find it for $10-$15 you will have yourself an outstanding summer sipper, a crowd pleaser.

Weekly Wine Journal rating: 87 points

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Alcohol: 14.1%

Oak and aging:  6 months in neutral french oak

Production: 11,800 cases, as well as 1,385 cases of the half bottles (375ml)

Price: $26.99 at AZ Wine Company

Nose:  full blown sweet aroma of flowers.

Palate: Ripe juicy grapefruit.  The kind that you love to have for breakfast, nice and juicy, ripe, yet has enough acidity to make it tart.  There is a little bit of minerality which adds a nice bit of complexity.

Finish: Smooth soft and silky mouthfeel.

This will be a great summertime wine, or spring time in warmer climates.  Great afternoon wine, before dinner.  Maybe great at night after a hot summer day.  Refreshing, clean crisp but really not overly acidic.

I tasted this wine at a wine tasting, so the sample that I made this review from was rather limited.  My reviews usually consist of consuming the whole bottle…half one night, and then the other half 24 hours later…Tim.

UPDATE: I liked the wine so much I picked up a bottle and re-tasted it on Friday Night!

It's best to consume the whole bottle

This time around, with much more to sample I really noticed the lemon grass aspect as well as the ripe juicy grape fruit. I paired this wine with chicken fettuccine alfredo with diced pancetta and red pepper, topped with finely grated Parmesan Reggiano.

On Saturday afternoon I paired the remainder of the wine with a mexican style lunch. Started with a giant flour tortilla from Carolina’s, (who by the way make the best hand made tortilla’s in Phoenix) then spread Diced Roma tomatoes, onion and garlic, with salt pepper and a bit of lemon juice mixed in with shredded chicken sprinkled with a chipotle rub. Sliced avocado and cheddar, warmed in a pan to melt the cheese and flipped it once to get both sides of the tortilla a little bit crispy. The wine went VERY well with the spiciness of the food.