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.
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- 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.
This was my first Fume and definitely will not be my last if they taste this good. Vanilla and Apple were the flavors that hit you first. Finish with a little citrus. We took a chance to try something new. So glad we did!
I found this a little heavier than my usual preference for a fume, but still a very drinkable wine. Herbal nose, citrus palate. Good for those looking for something between a Chard and a Sauvignon Blanc.
Great balance and acidity
Lots of citrusy grapefruit with lime and lemon tones and a good finish.
Perfect with grilled scallops
Tried this fume for the first time with grilled shrimp and scallops we had as an appetizer with dinner - paired very well! Will be buying more...
This is a wine that is not often available, but one I really enjoy. CH's is awesome. An excellent example of what a great Fume should be.
Good with Fish
Good complement to the mahi-mahi tonight, with enough body and just the right amount of crispness and lemon.
A Hit Last Night
Just had this bottle last night! Went well with our Chilean Sea Bass. Can’t wait for summer because this wine is refreshing.
Creamy and Bright
Bright lightly citrus flavor with a full round mouth feel. Paired well with Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto.
Normally wait for warm weather
Just had a glass of this yesterday and it is a great cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Makes me look forward to the warm weather to come.
Tastes like summer
I will admit ,I do not have a great deal of experience with Fume Blanc, however this bright, fruity, wine was wonderful! Saved the rest for our spring/summer drinking!