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WTN: Grgich hits a homer with their new Fume Blanc

by Randy Buckner » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:16 am

2005 Grgich Hills, Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley, California, $25, 19,410 cases. The wine is extremely aromatic on the nose, with layers of lemongrass, melons, and grapefruit unfolding. Sporting bright acidity, the wine delivers generous fruit flavors and a very long aftertaste; 91/91.
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Re: WTN: Grgich hits a homer with their new Fume Blanc

by Jenise » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:49 am

Always liked Grgich's SB, just always balked at the price. There are so many good SB's for half that money....
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Re: WTN: Grgich hits a homer with their new Fume Blanc

by Randy Buckner » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:18 pm

There are so many good SB's for half that money....


Unfortunately, tis true -- look no further than NZ. But man, it is a fine bottle of wine.
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Re: WTN: Grgich hits a homer with their new Fume Blanc

by Jenise » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:33 pm

"a fine bottle of wine"

I know. Silly isn't it, that I balk at $25 for a white wine, where if that was a red wine I'd be crowing about that kind of quality for so low a price.
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Re: WTN: Grgich hits a homer with their new Fume Blanc

by Randy Buckner » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:46 pm

Silly isn't it, that I balk at $25 for a white wine, where if that was a red wine I'd be crowing about that kind of quality for so low a price.


I do the same damned thing, with the exception of a few Loire wines. What's up with that? Carole actually prefers whites over reds -- the poor demented child.... :wink:
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Re: Fume Blanc?

by Sue Courtney » Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:03 pm

Randy Buckner wrote:2005 Grgich Hills, Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley, California

Does the use of Fumé on the label these days indicate that it has some oak?
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Re: Fume Blanc?

by Randy Buckner » Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:36 pm

Does the use of Fumé on the label these days indicate that it has some oak?


Marketing gimmick reportedly started by Robert Mondavi in the late 60s or early 70s.
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Re: Fume Blanc?

by Sue Courtney » Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:48 pm

Randy Buckner wrote:
Does the use of Fumé on the label these days indicate that it has some oak?


Marketing gimmick reportedly started by Robert Mondavi in the late 60s or early 70s.


Yes I know that. That's why I said 'these days'. By your answer I'm guessing no.

Incidentally it was used here for a while in the late eighties, early nineties - mostly for oak-aged styles but sometimes not (which was confusing), but the use of Fumé Blanc has phased itself out in NZ because Sauvignon Blanc is the hero and to the uneducated, Fumé Blanc is a different grape.
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Re: Fume Blanc?

by Randy Buckner » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:30 pm

That's why I said 'these days'.


Testy old woman! :wink: Can't answer that, Sue. I can tell you about the specific wine -- 50% stainless steel, 50% 3-year-old French oak. Oak is definitely not a significant player here. I usually find no favor with oaked SBs.
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Re: Fume Blanc?

by Sue Courtney » Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:27 am

Randy Buckner wrote:Testy old woman! :wink:


Who are you calling old?

Randy Buckner wrote:I can tell you about the specific wine -- 50% stainless steel, 50% 3-year-old French oak. Oak is definitely not a significant player here.


Ah ha! So it does have oak. Even if it is some 'old' stuff.

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