Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Fumé Blanc (Dry Sauvignon Blanc)

8.9425 ratings
8.847 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Fumé Blanc
Top Notes For
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

9.3

2013 vintage. This 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc was grown in the winery’s organic American Canyon and Carneros vineyards, then fermented on native yeast in a mix of 900-gallon foudres and used oak barrels. The wine aged on lees in neutral oak for six months. Green citrus, green melon, jasmine, and a slight savoriness keynote the aroma profile. The body offers melon and passion fruit, while refreshing lime citrus and bass notes of white tea and ginger enliven the finish. 14.1% abv | $30 (sample)

2013 vintage. This 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc was grown in the winery’s organic American Canyon and Carneros vineyards, then fermented on native yeast in a mix of 900-gallon foudres and used oak barrels. The wine aged on lees in neutral oak for six months. Green citrus, green melon, jasmine, and a slight savoriness keynote the aroma profile. The body offers melon and passion fruit, while refreshing lime citrus and bass notes of white tea and ginger enliven the finish. 14.1% abv | $30 (sample)

3 people found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2015
Tom Kobylarz


APPEARANCE
Clear, medium lemon green color intensity.
NOSE
Clean, medium+ intensity of goosberry, lemon curd, and granite minerality, fully developed nose
PALATE
Dry, medium+ acidity, medium body and medium+ alcohol, medium flavor intensity of gooseberry, pineapple, lemon citrus, and cream. The oak is apparent on the body, adding to the weight of the wine's body. The flavor of the oak is well integrated as it really only becomes detectable on the finish after the fruit has faded from the taste.
CONCLUSIONS
Very good quality, the oak is well integrated and adds to the entire character of the wine instead of dominating it., Ready to drink now, further bottle aging will not benefit this wine, Mid-priced


APPEARANCE
Clear, medium lemon green color intensity.
NOSE
Clean, medium+ intensity of goosberry, lemon curd, and granite minerality, fully developed nose
PALATE
Dry, medium+ acidity, medium body and medium+ alcohol, medium flavor intensity of gooseberry, pineapple, lemon citrus, and cream. The oak is apparent on the body, adding to the weight of the wine's body. The flavor of the oak is well integrated as it really only becomes detectable on the finish after the fruit has faded from the taste.
CONCLUSIONS
Very good quality, the oak is well integrated and adds to the entire character of the wine instead of dominating it., Ready to drink now, further bottle aging will not benefit this wine, Mid-priced

2 people found it helpfulJun 27th, 2015
MICHAEL COOPER

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.3

Pale gold
Developing notes intense aromas of what used to be called minerality (now reduction) notes that remind of Riesling
Pyracinic floral notes like white flowers then lemon sherbert vanilla honey
high acidity lemon, grapefruit, pineapple and tropical flavors
full body high intensity flavors
Viscous

Pale gold
Developing notes intense aromas of what used to be called minerality (now reduction) notes that remind of Riesling
Pyracinic floral notes like white flowers then lemon sherbert vanilla honey
high acidity lemon, grapefruit, pineapple and tropical flavors
full body high intensity flavors
Viscous

2 people found it helpfulJun 4th, 2015
Trish Gallo

Warming up to it. It is warming too.
Green pepper. Grassy. Grapefruit too.

Warming up to it. It is warming too.
Green pepper. Grassy. Grapefruit too.

2 people found it helpfulOct 15th, 2014
Hank Beckmeyer

Owner/Winemaker La Clarine Farms

8.8

Old school. Grassy, touch of jalapeño.

Old school. Grassy, touch of jalapeño.

2 people found it helpfulApr 9th, 2013
Mike Mighetto Hoefling

More green Sauv Blanc than the Mondavi Fume Blanc, higher acidity

More green Sauv Blanc than the Mondavi Fume Blanc, higher acidity

1 person found it helpfulNov 21st, 2013
Kyle Doucet-Walter

One of the better Sauvignon Blancs I've tasted. Neutral oak, big barrels, organic.

One of the better Sauvignon Blancs I've tasted. Neutral oak, big barrels, organic.

Apr 6th, 2016
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

8.9

Actually pretty amazing! Aged SB aromas and flavors with dried herbaceous additions, tart lemony acidity and a core of papaya fruit. Lively and individual, this is not at all tired, and tastes like something ambitious from Fruili!

Actually pretty amazing! Aged SB aromas and flavors with dried herbaceous additions, tart lemony acidity and a core of papaya fruit. Lively and individual, this is not at all tired, and tastes like something ambitious from Fruili!

Jan 1st, 2016
Rebecca Fletcher

Lemon, ripe grapefruit, tropical fruit. Flinty and a bit of smoke. M acid and finish.

Lemon, ripe grapefruit, tropical fruit. Flinty and a bit of smoke. M acid and finish.

Oct 17th, 2015
Chris Ursini

Brand Manager Chambers & Chambers

8.5

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Aug 14th, 2015