Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011, findingourwaynow.comI received this wonderful Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011 in a box of wines (along with some other items) from the Robert Mondavi Winery in honor of his life (1913-2008) and the 100th anniversary of his birth.  To savor each item, I will showcase each in some form in a future post.  Be assured, my thoughts and opinions regarding each offering are truly my own.

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011,

My friend and I prepared a special meal to have with the Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011.  The wine was amazing and one that we thoroughly enjoyed with our meal.

Robert Mondavi established his Napa Valley winery in 1966 with a vision to create wines that would stand out as among the world’s finest.  To do this, he chose the Kalon Vineyard located in the heart of the Napa Valley, now renowned for producing their world class Cabernet Sauvignon along with their signature Fumé Blanc.

Since his passing in 2008 it has been the winery’s fervent commitment to maintain his vision to pursue his goal of excellence. They continue to seek out ways to innovate and improve upon the ever-changing landscape of winemaking, which in turn offers us the finest wine we can buy.

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011, findingourwaynow.comThe Robert Mondavi Winery is a beautiful winery located in Oakville between St Helena and Yountville, California where they provide winery tours, wine tastings, many great culinary and art programs for the general public.

Oakville was a fitting place for Mondavi to establish his Napa winery at the Kalon Vineyards, not only for the great wine growing area but also because of it history and charm. Oakville was established in 1860s as a water stop for the steam train owned by The Napa Valley Railroad Company which shuttled tourists between the Vallejo ferry to the resort town of Calistoga.

This is what the Winemaker has to say about the Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011:

Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011,“This Fumé Blanc captures the distinctive personality of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes grown in Napa Valley’s Oakville region. Enticing citrus, melon and quince notes intertwine with hints of orange blossom, lemongrass and cinnamon in the aromas and crisp, balanced flavors. Although the wine is dry, there is an impression of sweet fruit on the silky palate and lingering finish.”

As my friend and I shared our meal on a warm spring night on my patio, we both agreed that this delightful Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011 made our meal and the evening very special.  We will seek out this wine again.

You can find this Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2011 on their website,,,, CostPlus/World Market and any good wine purveyor.

Time for a glass…

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  • Catarina Alexon

    Sounds like a good wine, Susan. Wonder if it’s possible to buy in Sweden?

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Catarina, I’m not sure. I do know I’ve seen their wines in France, so it’s possible. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    What a lovely story! Since I can’t drink wine I like the labels and the stories behind the wine. :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks Cheryl, I do too and Mondavi does have a very interesting story. :-)

  • Patrick Huff

    How does Mondavi rank in total barrels per year. Are they the top producers?

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Patrick, They are not in the top 10 but are the most recognized in the wine world for quality. The top producer is E&G Gallo followed by The Wine Group. :-)

  • doreenpendgracs

    I’ve loved Robert Mondavi wines for a very long time. Thx for introducing m to a new one, as I’ve usually had their reds.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Doreen, I do love their reds, that’s for sure, but this Fume Blanc was divine. :-)

  • Jo-Anne

    Very interesting…………

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks Jo-Anne. Mondavi is an interesting story or sure. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Sauvignon Blanc is one of the white I used to be drawn to when I first started drinking wine, so I could see myself giving this one a try. Years ago, hubby and I had penciled in a tour of the winery, but our day of driving around in wine country got away from us. We arrived very late in the day, and just decided to head to our campground instead. It’s one of those times where I sorta kick myself for passing up an opportunity when it was so close… but we were so tired!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Aw, but there is still time, Jeri. You can always do back. There is so much to see there, not just in wine but the food is to die for. :-)

  • Michele Harvey Author

    Years ago I visited several California wineries and may have visited The Robert Mondavi Winery. Fumé Blanc sounds marvelous, and white wine is a refreshing drink during the hot summer season. It strikes me as interesting, that these days, wineries seem to have popped up all over The States, even in regions where I wouldn’t expect the best grapes to grow. Several California wines are at the top of my list when I am looking for a domestic wine.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Michele, There are so many more boutique wineries now then ever before. It really makes for a wonderful adventure when out and about with friends.

      I agree, it is pretty amazing where you can find wineries these days. Some of them are pretty spectacular.

      Who are your favorites on your list?

      • Michele Harvey Author

        Last year I spent the summer in Berkeley, CA and was introduced to the Cupcake wines which are inexpensive and very good. Since I lived in Chile for a few years, and Chilean wines are among the best in the world (they are famous for Carménère, originally French,) I still enjoy Chilean wines, which are also reasonably priced. When I was down there, I also visited several wineries. Malbec, from Argentina is very popular, although I prefer Chilean wines.

  • Elizabeth Scott

    This was such a wonderful wine. There is nothing better than a beautiful evening on your patio with a wonderful glass of wine.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It was such a wonderful evening, Elizabeth. I always enjoy when we cook and taste wine. It is the best of fun. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    I look forward to giving this one a try. I don’t think I’ve had a fume blanc, though I have enjoyed a semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is my white wine of choice. Any suggestions for food pairings?

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Debra, Then you will enjoy this wine. I look forward to what you think when you do. I would suggest a nice white fish, chicken or cheese, particularly a good Chevre. Enjoy my friend. :-)

      • Debra Yearwood

        Thanks Susan, this weekend I’m going to give it a try.

        • Susan P. Cooper

          Cool, Have fun. :-))

  • Pat Ruppel

    A beautifully, well written tribute, Susan, to Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc and wine.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks so much Pat. He really did change the face of wine in the Napa Valley. :-)

      • Pat Ruppel

        It sounds like it, Susan. I don’t know much about wine but looks good. :-)

        • Susan P. Cooper

          It really is, Stick with me and we will learn together my friend. :-) Beside, maybe i could get to come visit and we could take in a few wineries… :-D

          • Pat Ruppel

            I’d love that Susan. There are some in Colorado though I’m not familiar with them. I’m sure the altitude and Rocky Mountain soil creates a different taste and blend than the California wines.

          • Susan P. Cooper

            Colorado does have some great wines. All the factors you mentioned make them fun and unique. :-)

          • Pat Ruppel

            I suppose there’s a unique art in learning what wine goes with what, the different blends and tastes.

  • Grace

    Mmm, it sounds like I would like this Mondavi Fume Blanc! I tend towards red wines, but now that summer is here, I need to find a dry white wine. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Grace, I know you’d enjoy it. It really is a great wine. When you try it let me what you think. :-)

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