2009 Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Reserve

This wine from Robery Mondavi Winery is a beauty, with aromas of lemon peel, melon and fresh herbs.

Fumé Blanc is not a grape variety, but rather a name developed by Robert Mondavi in 1966 for his sauvignon blanc wines. With the new name, he was trying to distinguish the richer and dryer style of his barrel-fermented (and aged) sauvignon blanc wines from the rest in the marketplace. He succeeded admirably, for the Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc Reserve ($39.99; PLCB code: 36891; special liquor order code: 518490) reserve wine is one of the best sauvignon blanc wines annually produced in California.

The grapes are sourced from the To Kalon Vineyard, one of the most famous in California for growing not only sauvignon blanc grapes, but also for grapes producing some of the best cabernet sauvignon wines in California.

This wine, which I gave a score of 95, is a beauty, with aromas of lemon peel, melon and fresh herbs. The flavors of citrus, melon and oak are rich and complex with a light herbal finish. The wine is blended with 2 percent Semillon, which adds a floral component.

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