(2006 Vintage) Brilliant aromas of fresh-cut grass and citrus peel, along with steely mineral characters shine through. On the palate, the wine is intense and seamless with wonderful acidity and bright fruit flavor...
Appellation AmericaFirst, let’s decode that “Fumé Blanc DCV3” moniker. “Blanc fumé” is a French synonym for “Sauvignon Blanc.” In the early 1970s Robert Mondavi appropriated the name, reversed the word order, aged some Sauvignon Blanc in oak, and created a marketing phenomenon. This wine has nothing to do with that. It’s a French-style Sauvignon Blanc that comes from the winery’s oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard, known as “DCV3.” It sees no oak at all. The 2005 vintage is a delightful double of Saint Bris, a French Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Bris is one of the very few appellations in France read more...historically entitled (“required” may be the better word) to use a grape name in its wine labeling. So what’s Saint Bris taste like? It’s Loire-like, it’s savory and minerally rather than soft and melony, it’s meticulously balanced and refreshing in the finish, and it tastes like no California SB ever made. If you like Sauvignon, you owe it to yourself to try this. (hide)
DecanterRating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Melons, kiwi, and tangy lemon-lime with fruitiness and balance. (NR)
Critics ChallengeRating: Critics Challenge 2005 Award - As reviewed by Critics Challenge on 05/01/05.
Wine SpectatorRating: 80/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/04.