Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday Tasting: Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc, 2010

Robert  Mondavi Fume Blanc, 2010
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Price: $15.99
Alcohol: 13.5%

We are anticipating the warm weather of spring to finally show up. With the cooler weather, we have found ourselves drinking more reds. But, hoping spring weather will arrive soon, we have been expanding our A Bit of Wine Tuesday Tastings to include more white wines to compliment the season.

In this week’s Tuesday Tasting we were inspired by a delicious lobster stuffed salmon pinwheel with a wild mushroom risotto and mixed vegetables. This was a meal we prepared for a recent ‘Fish Friday’ at our house. In my opinion, nothing pairs better with salmon than a crisp but flavorful glass of Fume Blanc. 

Let’s dive in and dissect the flavors of Robert Mondavi’s Fume Blanc…

Out of the Bottle

Robert Mondavi’s Fume Blanc was rated 91 points by Robert Parker of Wine Advocate. Sometimes I think the rating scales are iffy and way too confusing for us simple folks, so we decided to pick this one up and give it a go to see if it was all it was cracked up to be. We slightly chilled the wine, as in most whites if it’s too cold you can mute or retard the wine leaving a strong presence of alcohol, like we talked about last week.  

So, right out of the bottle the wine delivered an initial flavor of green apple and melon. While this wine comes across semi-dry with hints of sweetness, it’s jammed packed with enough flavors to excite anyone’s palate. I was impressed with the overwhelming amount of citrus fruits and melon on the nose followed by an intense green apple and peach flavors at first taste.

The color was a pale straw color with long lasting legs as you swirl. This wine had a lot going on and had amazing complexities that kept you coming back for more. Plus, this bottle went back way to easy! The bottom line, it was really enjoyable and easy to drink. I think they pretty much hit the nail on the head with their rating on this one!

For Food Only

As we enjoyed Robert Mondavi’s Fume Blanc with our salmon, a faint note of vanilla appears rounding out the apple and melon we first tasted. As its name suggest (fume= smoked), there is a slight smokiness and earthy feel to the wine as the profile develops in our glass.

All of these flavors fit together like a glove!  You have the dryness of the wine to perfectly complement the stuffed salmon, the sweetness of the fruits and earth tones compliment the salmon’s buttery taste and the smoky undertones of the wine helped compliment the pan seared wild mushrooms in the risotto. As the wine developed it bridged the gap between salmon and the risotto making the dish harmonious.  

 On its own, this Fume Blanc is a little dry for my taste. But, I thoroughly enjoyed it with such a light and flavorful spring time dish. So, if you are a lover of the dry wines, you may like to sip on this Mondavi. For most, however, this is a wine really compliments food well.

Our Rating
Flavor Profile:       8.00
Drinkability:         7.00
Affordability:        7.00
Total:                  7.03

We’d drink this wine again, but the dryness limits the frequency in which we would make this purchase again. Our recommendation, if you are going to grill up some salmon and asparagus and enjoy this Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc.



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