2009 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Fumé Blanc
*Top 100 Best Buys of 2011* Most of this Sauvignon Blanc was tank fermented, but a portion received oak. That gives a welcome layer of smoky richness and vanilla to the beautiful, underlying Meyer lemon, lime, pear and green apple flavors that are so rich and mouthwateringly tart. A very drinkable, dry white wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An absolutely outrageous bargain is the 2009 Fume Blanc Sonoma, which exhibits notes of flint, honeyed grapefruit, orange rind and mango in a fresh, light-bodied, vivacious style bursting with fruit and acidity. It’s hard to believe that a wine of this quality can be found at this price point.
Nicely aromatic, featuring fresh ginger and smoke overtones to the juicy lime, pear, melon and peach flavors within. Smooth texture. Drink now.
Vibrant aromas of fresh Asian pear, sweet citrus and blossom jump from the glass. The nose leads to a refreshing palate with distinct Fume Blanc flavors of juicy fruit and floral notes.