Grgich Hills Fume Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc is about as different from Marlborough's wines from this variety as you can get. And I guess that is the point - the world of wine has so many variants of the same thing that all should be explored. It is also more expensive than its New Zealand counterparts which is significant for those producers who are wanting to focus on quality rather than fast moving commodities.

This dry, oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc wine style was christened Fume Blanc by Robert Mondavi in the late 1960s. The Fume is a play on the French word for smoke. Mike Grgich originally worked for Mondavi at this time so he is continuing to produce this elevated style. The wine is fermented in 900-gallon oak vats called foudres and natural yeast is used for the fermentation. It also has 6 months on its lees to build texture. Interestingly the clone of Sauvignon Blanc used is the Musque clone with gives floral aromatics. This is a clone not used in New Zealand. The wine has ripe Sauvignon Blanc flavours with a mouth-watering freshness on the palate. 

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About This Wine

Country
US
Region
California
Appellation
Napa Valley
Type
White
Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc
Soils
clay
Farming
organic
Closure
cork
Alcohol
13.5%
Pairing
crayfish and lemon butter