Saturday, October 17, 2009

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc Reserve 2007

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc Reserve 2007
Origin: To Kalon Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (94%), Semillon (6%)
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: September 2009
Suggested Retail Price: $40.00

Our review: Rich, yellow-gold in color, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit, sweet spice, even some notes of leather. Silky smooth on the palate, the fruit flavors, which now include soft tree fruit like peach, have nuanced textures with nicely balanced acidity. The finish is expressive with an evolving flavor profile.

Our rating: This is an elegant, refined and opulent wine, one to be savored. The oak cellaring adds depth and interest without being overpowering; allow the wine to breathe a bit in your glass to enhance the experience. We suggest you serve this wine with roasted poultry or shellfish; your guests will be most impressed. We rate this vintage Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Pronounced tropical aromas are followed by waves of similarly rich flavors -- pineapple, coconut, zesty lemon, a bit of mano and orange pekoe tea. Mouth-coatingly creamy with lively acidity, this is a vibrantly stylish wine."

Winery website: Robert Mondavi Winery.

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