Monday, August 18, 2014

Chateau St. Jean Le Petite Etoile Vineyard Fume Blanc 2012 wine review by (PB)

Pale straw hue with big bouquet of grassy perfumy, lemony citrusy, sweet pineappley, hard candy!

Palate--Like a thick flannel comforter on the tongue this Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River (single vineyard) has finessed but pronounced varietal flavors, flinty with bold citrus flavors, and grassy wildness,with a touch of cream.

The late Robert Mondavi is credited with the label Fume Blanc which is just another name for the Sauvignon Blanc grape but at the time, Sauvignon Blanc was unknown in this country as the French wines made from Sauvignon blanc weren't necessarily mentioned on the label. In Mondavi's genius, he marketed this "new" wine as Fume Blanc--pronounced Foo-may blawn--and the rest is history.

I paid $13 for this special at a state store; normally sells for $20. I just had it with cheese and crackers and will serve it with butternut squash raviolis with a sage butter. Raise a glass!

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