Lot 645 | 2017 Sonoma Coast
Our first ever Fumé Blanc! A barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc with the depth and complexity of a rich Chardonnay.
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Pale gold, almost Chardonnay-like color. Right out of the bottle, it’s flinty and thick with vanilla blossom, almond, and apple cider notes to a point where you can almost smell the viscosity. Very Vouvray-like (an often barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc from France). I’m reminded of my first time tasting this wine – I discovered a fully expressive and lovely nose of ripe, zesty lime blossom with green apple accents kissed with lemon custard and vanilla bean. On entry, it’s thick, viscous, and palate-coating, with a creamy texture haloed by almonds and vanilla-tinged tropical fruit, supported by lime-zest minerality.
- Sonoma Coast
- Sauvignon Blanc
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Lot 645 comes to us from a producer in the Petaluma Gap AVA in the Sonoma Coast. Barrel-fermented in about 30% new French oak, age-worthy, and of a decidedly different character and texture than most of the Sauvignon Blancs you’ll likely run across, this is a unique and delicious wine. Its weighty, viscous texture and apple/citrus notes should play nicely with a broad array of cuisines. The textural weight, acid structure, and aromatic complexity all point to certain age-worthiness here, and I feel confident this wine will age nicely for another 5-8 years, possibly longer. $25 under the original winery label.
Not my favorite
Wasn’t too fond of this one but was interesting to try the varietal
Bright yet warm flavors, nice floral and grassy notes with a hint of oak.
I could drink this all summer. It is bright but warm with tropical vanilla notes, like a pineapple/passion fruit creme brulee. Delicious! Please keep this one coming.
Nice bright white
A really nice surprise! Super bright. Very fruit forward, lots of body
great value; nice citrus flavor. would like to buy more
For your first Fume Blanc, a home run!
I'm sorry this one is now out of stock. I'll keep an eye out for more like it. I agree with your writeup that it reminds of Vouvray, which was a favorite every day white for us when we lived in France back in the 1970's. This was a great value and I wish I had ordered more.
Not my style
I found it heavy. Acceptable, but not one I’d get again.
Great, heady white wine. Goes great with spicy foods, especially intense cheeses. Hope it’s back in stock soon!
This wine was overly pungent. It was difficult to find other flavors such as citrus and vanilla.
A wonderful white with apple tones and citrus, it paired well with our smoked turkey breast. Very appealing, unfortunately it is currently out of stock for re-order; thanks for the wine.