Perfect ForBrunch Sipping, Dinner Parties, Summer Sipping
Drink If You LikeChardonnay, 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.