2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc To Kalon Estate Reserve

Sauvignon Blanc - 750ML
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WS 93 WE 92 VN 91
WS 93

Wine Spectator, September 2017

Expressive and complex, featuring an explosion of marmalade, candied lemon peel, peach custard and grilled grapefruit flavors. The smooth, succulent body is highlighted by spice and floral accents, with a juicy core of...
WE 92

Wine Enthusiast, September 2017

From an historic block of the famous vineyard long known as Robert's Block, this white is incredibly complex and concentrated, with richly woven layers of pear, Key lime and peach. A handful of Sémillon is blended in...
VN 91

Vinous, March 2018

The 2015 Fumé Blanc Reserve To Kalon Vineyard offers up an intriguing combination of varietal aromatics and an intense, phenolic-driven expression of Sauvignon from the warm growing season coupled with tiny yields that...


Color & Type White
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Robert Mondavi Winery is a leading California wine producer established by its namesake in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for the winery. The historic vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.

Beyond the To Kalon Vineyard, Robert Mondavi Winery sources grapes from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards, including Stag’s Leap (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc) and Carneros (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).

Robert Mondavi was instrumental in bringing worldwide recognition for the wines of the Napa Valley and promoted the labeling of wines varietally which is now the standard for New World wines. One of his most important collaborations was with Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, creating Opus One, which has become one of California’s icon Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

For 5 decades, Robert Mondavi Winery has led California’s wine industry, and much of the world, with innovations in winemaking and winegrowing.

The Robert Mondavi brand was acquired by Constellation Brands in 2004 and following its sale, Robert Mondavi partnered with his younger son Tim and daughter Marcia to create Continuum Estate. Robert Mondavi passed away in 2008 at the age of 94.

For Mondavi’s Fume Blanc ‘To Kalon Reserve’, the grapes are hand harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters, minimizing skin contact to retain freshness and vibrancy. Almost all of the juice is barrel-fermented in French oak, 42% new, for a slow, cool fermentation. Some of the juice ferments in two cement egg-shaped tanks. The wine is then aged on its lees (sûr lie) for nine months and hand-stirred (bâtonnage) twice weekly, for a creamy texture and to enhance the volume and length. A small amount of Semillon is added giving the final blend a richer mouth feel and further complexity.

The 2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc To Kalon Estate Reserve is a captivating white wine that embodies the essence of California's North Coast region. With its elegant label and cork closure, this Sauvignon Blanc is a true testament to the craftsmanship and dedication of the renowned Robert Mondavi Winery.

In the glass, this wine showcases a beautiful golden hue, reflecting its exceptional quality. The aromatics are vibrant and complex, with notes of marmalade, candied lemon peel, and grilled grapefruit. These enticing scents are further enhanced by hints of peach custard and floral accents, creating an aromatic bouquet that is both expressive and alluring.

On the palate, the Fume Blanc To Kalon Estate Reserve reveals a smooth and succulent body, which is perfectly balanced by a juicy core of acidity. The flavors explode on the palate, with layers of peach, Key lime, and pear interwoven with subtle hints of spice. The addition of a small amount of Sémillon adds extra depth and complexity, contributing to the wine's rich and concentrated character.

This wine has received high praise from esteemed publications, with Wine Spectator awarding it an impressive score of 93. The publication describes it as "expressive and complex," with a long aging potential until 2022. Vinous also commends this wine, awarding it a score of 91 and highlighting its intense expression of Sauvignon Blanc and its character derived from the renowned To Kalon Vineyard.

The 2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Fume Blanc To Kalon Estate Reserve is a true gem from Napa's prestigious To Kalon Vineyard. It is a wine that exemplifies the artistry and expertise of the winemakers at Robert Mondavi Winery. This white wine is best enjoyed now, but can also be cellared for a few more years to fully appreciate its complexity and aging potential.