Review: Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Fume Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from the winery that created the defining California-style of Sauvignon Blanc.
Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Fume Blanc 2016
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Reviewed on 06-12-2018
By
Rating B
Style White
Variety
Vintage 2016
Appellation
Napa County
California
USA
ABV 14.5%
Price $17.00 Buy This Wine

Perfect For

Brunch Sipping, Dinner Parties, Summer Sipping

Drink If You Like

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

The Full Review

In 1968, the late Robert Mondavi introduced a dry, barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. To differentiate it from other Cali Sauvignon Blancs, which at the time were on the sweeter side and not aged in oak, he coined the name “Fumé Blanc”, which alludes to the village of Pouilly-Fumé in France’s Loire Valley, an area known for structured Sauvignon Blanc. The winemaking style hasn’t changed much, and the 2015 is dry, crisp, and textured, with aromas of grass and grapefruit, and flavors of citrus and melon. It doesn't have the passion fruit and pepper flavors that are often found in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and is not a crisp as French examples.