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The Story

Mr. Mondavi wanted to create in 1966 a Sauvignon Blanc that reflected Napa Valley: He was able to produce a richer style with the brightness of Sauvignon Blanc. Fumé Blanc is the symbol of Mr. Mondavi’s innovation.

Genevieve Janssens - Director of Winemaking


Wine Information

Continuing a decade-long trend of cool vintages, the 2011 growing season brought tenacious morning fog, unseasonably cool weather and rainfall at flowering time and in October, during harvest. The good news is that the cool conditions gave the grapes a generous amount of hangtime, which translates to optimum flavor maturity at relatively low brix (sugar). In one of the latest vintages on record, we began our Sauvignon Blanc harvest over two weeks later than normal, on September 6 th. The last of it came in on September 26th, well before the rains set in. Genevieve noted that although yields were quite low, flavor development was exceptional and sugar to acid balance, impeccable: “It was an exciting year for Sauvignon Blanc. It dances through the mouth.”


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Light and Green-Yellow


Long, Pure and Lingering


Smoky, Citrus, Perfumed, Spice, Tropical fruits and White fruits


Youthful, Fresh, Ripe and Generous


Average in Acidity, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Fresh, Fruity and Vivid


Good everyday wine and Well made



Oakville, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality


Value For Money


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No Potential

Fake factory


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Inside Information

This is a classic Napa Valley blend that brings together the best of the valley’s American Viticultural Areas, each sub region contributing something a little different to the blend. The Stag’s Leap District was our primary source and offers the quintessential attributes that distinguish Sauvignon Blanc: bright citrus, fresh herbs and mineral flavors. The warmer locations add opulence, floral character and delightful tropical notes. The breadth of fruit sources provided a myriad of flavors for the blend, ultimately shaping a wine of great character and complexity.

Grape Sourcing: Napa Valley – 42% Stags Leap District, 12% Oakville District, the balance from other Napa Valley and northern California vineyards

•WINEMAKING• The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters, minimizing skin contact, to retain freshness and vibrancy. 67% of the juice was barrel fermented for added richness and complexity. The balance underwent a cool fermentation in stainless steel to showcase the lively fruity and herbal flavors. The new wine was aged for nine months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, sûr lie (on the yeast lees), and hand stirred twice a month for a creamy texture and seamless integration of flavors. The wine was bottled November, 2012.

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