Dominik Mueller

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2019 Robert Mondavi Winery To Kalon Reserve Fumé Blanc

Tasting note

Pale lemon yellow. The bouquet is very different to the previous Sauvignon Blanc: butter, honey, slightly green aroma of cut grass; restrained but fresh fruit, green apple. Slightly smoky, indicating the ageing in 41% first-use French oak barrels. Matured on the lees. The body is precise and lean. High acidity, very fresh. Apple, passion fruit, lemon. Long lasting. Impressive. A discovery for me!

Drink from 2024 through 2027.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Saturday, 2 March 2024.

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Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
93Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM93 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 3.5 WSET score.
/ 100
WSET:
3.5Wines with a 3.5 WSET rating are 'very good' wines -- just shy of 'exceptional' -- according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.5 usually get 93 to 94 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2019
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:yes
Grape variety:Sauvignon Blanc
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Robert Mondavi Winery
Country:USA
Region:California
Subregion:Napa Valley
Appellation:Napa Valley AVA
Vineyard:To Kalon
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