Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fume Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
Intense primary aromas of lemongrass mingle with the subtle scent of lime blossoms and hints of sage and spice. Mouthfilling flavors of crisp yellow peach are couched in a very smooth, rounded texture. Thanks to the small Sauvignon Blanc yields of 2008, flavors are concentrated and the wine is already very expressive in its youth.
International Wine Cellar - "Pale, bright straw. Musky pineapple, citrus peel, fresh herbs and licorice on the nose, with enticing floral lift. Densely packed, sweet and bright, with noteworthy fruit intensity for a basic bottling. Finishes with very good length. Not quite complex enough for an outstanding rating but this would make a very flexible dinner-table wine. Genevieve Janssens notes that as of vintage 1999, Mondavi has practiced "green juice winemaking" for its sauvignon blanc and "brown juicy winemaking" for its chardonnay-i.e., preserving sauvignon against oxidation at every step of winemaking and elevage while encouraging the oxidizable enzyme in chardonnay to oxidize and fall out of the wine during the vinification."
Robert Mondavi Winery
For more than 40 years, Robert Mondavi Winery has been the symbol of Napa Valley. Founded in 1966, it was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition (1933), and went on to establish the foundation for modern California winemaking. Robert Mondavi Winery's mission-styled architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an enduring landmark that honors California's history. With the philosophy that great wines reflect their origins, Robert Mondavi Winery pursues the fullest expression of the terroir of its Napa Valley vineyards: the historic To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), and the Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stags Leap Vineyard AVA. View all Robert Mondavi Winery Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.8 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 3 with reviews42/2/2012I liked this very much. But only bought one bottle and wished I had bought more.Cheryl DeCarlo - Goldsboro, NC37/17/2011Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA36/9/2011Just a bit too sweet for my liking - probably look elsewhere moving forward53/8/2011One of my all time favorite Sauvignon Blancs. Subtlely sweet but tart and crisp. Perfect for a warm day but still enjoyable on a cold one.