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.
I was pleasantly surprised with this bottle. Even though it’s Sauvignon blanc, it is reminiscent of an unoaked Chardonnay with some hints of yeast. Just bought a few more!
A very bright white wine which I believe was originally named by Mondavi and he let all makers use it. Full of fruit and soft on the pallet. Terrific bottle.
Refreshing. A very nice Sauvignon Blanc.
Chardonnay Lovers will love this wine!
... me , not so much. The odd combination of the grape and oak does not work for me. I can't drink it! :(
Perfect Hybrid of Sauv Blanc and Chardonnay
This is a very nice wine! A lighter alternative for chardonnay lovers, and a bit more body for regular sauvignon blanc drinkers. It's a good alternative, especially in the cooler months in California. Tasty!
This lovely not-too-fruity Sauvignon is delicious with fish as well as with pasta. Would love to see more like this!
Opened this to serve with our Christmas Cioppino. Everyone loved it, even those who are not so keen on whites. The first sips were quite tart - in a good way. Mellowed nicely over the course of the meal while still retaining a unique complexity. Delicious. Just added more bottle to my cart!
A white that will not disappoint
There is nothing weak about this lot!!! The Fume' Blanc was greatly enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Every great culinary presentation deserves the perfect complimentary wine. This one fit the bill! I have ordered twice and will continue to order. Thank you for the email presenting this lovely Cameron!
Very fine and the more you drink the better it gets!
This is my first time trying a fume blanc and it was very interesting, full of flavor, it won't last long, get some.