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2009 Robert Mondavi Napa Fume Blanc

June 3, 2011 - Norman Bentley

The fishing in Matlacha, Florida in May of 2011 was only fair, but the dining was superb! We of course consumed great quantities of seafood and numerous bottles of really good wine, and an occasional cold beer with oysters on the half shell. We even provided ourselves with a terrific dinner of fresh spotted sea trout. However the biggest treat of all, was being invited to dinner with our neighbors for a feast of home cooked Chicken Milanese with lemon, butter and garlic sauce. It was fabulous, and so was the bottle of 2009 Mondavi Napa Fume Blanc which we enjoyed along with this wonderful Italian dish!

Several decades ago when California Sauvignon Blanc was having personality problems, a number of wineries began to designate their Sauvignon Blanc as Fume Blanc, in order to emphasize the dry nature of the wine. One of these wineries was Robert Mondavi, and we have enjoyed many vintages over the years of their Napa Fume Blanc.

The 2009 Napa Fume Blanc is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon and has a delicate pale straw color, with an alcohol content of 13.8%. The nose is bright and sunny with notes of flowers, pineapple and citrus. The flavor is complex, and yet simple, with the pinneaple and citrus being complemented by nuances of apple and melon, leading into a crisp lingering finish. The flavor is not to bold, but sturdy enough to stand up to the garlic and butter sauce in the Chicken Milanese.

Our Neighbors provided us with a delightful feast, which was highlighted by the Napa Fume Blanc. This wine would pair well with almost any seafood or fowl dish, and would make an excellent accompaniment to Shrimp Scampi! Norm's score is 90.

Price: $13 to $17

Score: 90


WINE - God's proof of his love for humanity


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