Ottawa, ON

February 2018


Matt’s reivew: The provenance of Robert Mondavi’s Fumé Blanc Reserve is some of the finest Grand Cru quality vineyards in North America, being the world-renowned To Kalon Vineyard in Napa Valley’s Oakville AVA. A blend of 98% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Semillon sourced entirely from To Kalon Vineyard, where some of the Sauvignon Blanc vines date back to 1945, with the balance planted in 1959, 1994, and 1999, making them some of the oldest and renowned in North America. The vines are nestled beside Opus One and Beckstoffer vines, and neighbouring Harlan Estate, needless to say, many of the finest wines in California come from this storied micro region which is known to deliver perfect (or near perfect) scoring wines vintage after vintage. 2013 happened to be a fantastic vintage with optimally ripened fruit allowing for an early harvest which was wrapped up by the end of August. The nose shows a beautiful bouquet of exotic fruit, key lime, lemon grass, pink grapefruit, tangerine, and pronounced flint. Creamy and refreshing with a mineral-rich mouthwatering finish, the layers of fruit are elegant, structured, perfectly balanced and beautifully textured which is what To Kalon fruit is known for.  Winemaker Genevieve Janssens adds further complexity and texture to the wine by a variety of techniques including French oak barrel as well as concrete egg fermentation. To Kalon barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc is a style unlike no other and a style that’s loved by many. Enjoy the 2013 Fumé Blanc Reserve with seafood, sushi, smoked fish and creamy pastas dishes.  Creamy pasta with asparagus, parmesan, and crispy prosciutto or another one of my favourites, lemon ginger shrimp would each be fantastic with this beautiful To Kalon Fumé Blanc. Drink 2018 to 2027. Tasted February 2018. 94 points. Matt Steeves –

Available at LCBO March 17 2018 – $59.95

Creamy pasta with asparagus, parmesan, and crispy prosciutto


Matt pictured in in Robert Mondavi’s To Kalon Vineyard in spring 2017, with a bottle of iBlock Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in North America (1945).


Picture of To Kalong Vineyard by Jeff Branwell –