2014 Robert Mondavi "To Kalon Vineyard - Reserve" Oakville Fumé Blanc (Elsewhere $50) SKU #1414504

Price: $29.95

WE 95 JD 93 RP 92
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K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "This wine is a true expression of our To Kalon Vineyard’s historic Robert’s Block, our renamed T Block planted in 1960. When Robert Mondavi chose the To Kalon Vineyard as the home for his new winery in 1966 he remarked: "It was a vineyard with a distinguished history and a magical nature. Ideal soils, sunlight, and rain to my eye, the vineyard was a treasure." Situated on prime benchland in west Oakville, the low fertility, well-drained soils combine with optimal sun exposure to yield rich, complex flavors and peak fruit maturity. The dry farmed, head-trained, cane-pruned vines on Robert’s Block offer purity of varietal expression, great concentration and depth of flavor. A small amount of fruit was selected from our equally historic I Block, for its key contribution of minerality, length and elegance."

Staff Reviews

  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    5/23/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Lots of history with this wine and vineyard. First planted in 1960, the vines are currently are dry farmed, head-trained and cane-pruned. The resulting wine is concentrated, rich and deep. Wonderful acidity holds the wine together. Tasted blind it would not be surprising to guess an expensive White Bordeaux like Domaine de Chevalier Blanc or Smith Haut-Lafitte Blanc. Serious but delicious Sauvignon Blanc!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    5/23/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Hailing from the most prestigious vineyard site in Napa Valley (and thus the country by most measures,) Mondavi's To Kalon Fume Blanc Reserve is one of the most intensely concentrated and flavorful white wines that graces our shelves. Sourced from 50-60 year old vines in the heart of To Kalon Vineyard on the Oakville Bench, these are some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in the country, planted in some of the most special wine growing soils anywhere. The wine is barrel fermented to enhance texture, length on the palate and ageability. It's just packed with ripe yellow stone fruit, feijoa, preserved lemon, kumquat and kaffir lime leaf. Rich and powerful on the mid-palate but with beautiful drive and length on the palate. Super fresh and vibrant despite having almost 4 years in bottle. This will continue to age just as the top white Bordeaux wines do from properties like Haut-Brion, Smith Haut Lafitte and Carbonnieux. Don't miss our extra special price...this is in it's prime and will drink great for at least another 3-5 years and probably beyond. What a chance to drink some vinous royalty for a song...old vine To Kalon fruit at this price!
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    5/10/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    A classic in any vintage, Mondavi's To Kalon Fume Blanc is gorgeous in 2014. The nose feels like it's straight out of Bordeaux instead of Napa, with charming notes of stonefruit and lime. A laser-like focus carries the palate which has a bit of richness but never comes off heavy and hits notes of kiwi, pear, and meyer lemon. Refreshing, deep, and refined, this is a terrific example of world-class Sauvignon Blanc.

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