Wine Review: 2014 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc – NAPA Valley

Basic Information

Name – 2014 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc – NAPA Valley

Region – California – NAPA Valley

Varietal Components – 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Semillion

Pricing – $17.50 – $20

 

Alcohol Content – 13.5%

Appearance

Bottle – Clear bottle, white label, earth tone colored font with the Mondavi Vineyard logo on top center.

Wine – Light straw color with a slight variation on the rim that has a light green undertone.  Wine is clear and bright.

Aroma/Nose

Citrus, Tropical, Vegetal, underlying Ginger, Tart

Texture/Body

Medium body yet silky on the palate, crisp, bitter, moderate acidity, and moderate alcohol.

Tasting/Palate

Immediately after a sip, you taste the tartness of an over ripe pineapple, mixed with green pepper with a hint of ginger.  It has an undertone of French oak that lingers.  Strong minerality.  From a palate movement standpoint, this wine starts on the back mid-section and sides of your tongue then gradually slides towards the front.

Finish

Long toasted French oak finish.

Overall Experience

The overall Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc experience was refreshing.  This wine is not complex and did not change much with time but makes for an enjoyable sip on a hot summer day.  This particular Sauvignon Blanc reminded me more of an Old World type.

Suggested Pairing

Food – Fish, Shellfish, Poultry, and Sweeter Desserts

Cigar – CAO Columbia

Ratings:

Wine Enthusiast – 90 pts.

Wine Spectator – 90 pts.

Winemakers Tasting Notes:

The zesty lemon, lime and orange citrus, fragrant peach, and fresh pineapple fruit of our 2014 Fume Blanc are mouthwatering delicious, with lemon-lime blossom and minerality further tantalizing the palate, on a wine that is both silky in texture and refreshingly focused.

About Robert Mondavi Vineyards:  https://www.robertmondaviwinery.com/