Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Fumé Blanc.

In 1968, Robert Mondavi released a barrel-aged Fumé Blanc (his take on the Loire Valley's Pouilly Fumé) and with it delivered a swift coup de grâce to a directionless and faltering Napa wine industry.  A wine industry stuck in the oeno-doldrums; old-timers still growing grape varieties such as Golden Chasselas and Alicante Bouschet; producing more kosher and jug-wines than premium table wines.  Wine production and promotion in the Napa Valley would never be the same again - indeed, the Napa Valley itself would never be the same again.  Mondavi was a marketing genius and the driving force behind making the Napa Valley a recognised brand around the world.  But all things must change, since 2004 Robert Mondavi's eponymously named winery has been owned by Constellation Brands.  Constellation is a multinational corporation with a gigantic portfolio of premium wines and the Robert Mondavi Winery is just one of their brands, albeit with great brand-name recognition.
On the nose, the 2011, Napa Valley Fumé Blanc was a real winner with a spicy-lime, kumquat and lychee thang going on, unfortunately, the taste was a bit of a disappointment.  For me, this wine was just a little blah, not bad, it just didn't live up to the fruitiness my schnoz had experienced.  However, it did pair well with the tilapia I was having for dinner.  And I got it for free.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl, a wine review of excellence. Schnoz, an expression I haven't heard in a very long time.
What, they couldn't come-up with a 2012:)

Thud said...

nibbling on the grapes around their carpark is ok...well I think so!

Vinogirl said...

NHW: They should be well into their 2012 by now, but maybe they are still trying to get rid of the 2011.

Thud: Too tempting - probably not a lot of grapes left on those particular vines come harvest-time :)