• Farming Practices
        • Learn about Ivo’s passion on farming practices.

          100% Certified Organic & 100% Estate Grown
        • American Canyon

        • American-Canyon-sm
        • Calistoga Vineyard

        • Calistoga Vineyard
        • Rutherford Vineyard

        • Rutherford
    • Ivo's Apprentice Club
      • Ivo’s-Apprentice-Club

        Ivo's-Apprentice-Club
      • Text

        Ivo’s Apprentice Club

        SHIPMENTS
        Bi-annually in April and October

        WINE OFFERING
        4-Bottle sets of our award-winning Napa Valley wines

        AVERAGE COST
        $140 per 4-bottle shipment, plus taxes, and $25 flat rate shipping

      • JOIN JOIN TODAY
    • Miljenko's Cellar Club
      • Miljenko's-Celler-Club
      • Miljenko’s Cellar Club

        SHIPMENTS
        Quarterly in March, May, September, and November

        WINE OFFERING
        3 or 6 bottle sets of our award-winning member-only wines

        AVERAGE COST
        $190 per 3-bottle shipment, plus taxes, and $20 flat rate shipping

      • JOIN JOIN TODAY
    • Violet's Case Club
      • Violet's-Case-Club
      • Violet’s Case Club

        SHIPMENTS
        Bi-annually in April and October

        WINE OFFERING
        12-Bottle sets of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

        AVERAGE COST
        Shipments range from $620 to $970 per 12-bottle shipment, plus taxes, and $15 flat rate shipping

      • JOIN JOIN TODAY
    • Member Login
        • In-Store Demos

        • In-store-Demo-Events
        • Grgich Hills Winery Events

        • Winery-Events
        • National & International Events

        • National-Events
        • EVENTS VIEW ALL EVENTS
        • Reservations
        • In-store-Demo-Events

          In-store-Demo-Events
        • RESERVATIONS RESERVATIONS
        • Directions
        • DIRECTIONS
        • VISIT VISIT US

2019 Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley


Retail: $ 31.00

Sauvignon Blanc, primarily Musqué clone, grown in our coolest vineyards provides elegant, floral aromatics.

Member Only

The Wine

In 1968, Miljenko “Mike” Grgich went to work for Robert Mondavi as chief enologist, making the inaugural release of “Fumé Blanc.” This elegant, dry style of oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc was named “Fumé Blanc” by Robert Mondavi, playing on the French word meaning smoke. At Grgich Hills Estate, Mike continued to make this elevated style of Sauvignon Blanc, paying homage to his former employer and friend. Relying on naturally-occurring yeasts, we fermented a portion of the grapes in 900-gallon French oak casks, called foudres, with the remainder in oak barrels. We then aged the wine for six months on its lees (the spent yeast) in neutral barrels. This 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (Fumé Blanc) will tantalize your senses with notes of green pepper, snap pea, lime and star fruit. On the front palate, enjoy the fresh fruit flavors of lemon, lime, and green apple supported by an undertone of sea salt. This wine’s chiseled texture, linear acidity, and long finish make it the perfect pairing with filet of sole, pork loin and savory goat cheese.

Vintage

Napa Valley experienced an above-average rainfall in the early months of 2019 with over 50 inches of rain in Rutherford. The residual moisture and colder than average soils led to a delayed start in budbreak. Spring and summer enjoyed moderate temperatures with no significant heat spikes until August. The harvest began in early September and finished the first week of November.

Vineyard

We grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes in our American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Francisco Bay. The clay soils retain water, allowing us to dry farm, and the coolness slows ripening and retains acidity. The grapes develop a crisp liveliness that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas. About 80% of our Sauvignon Blanc is planted to the Musqué clone, which provides elegant floral aromatics. We farm our vineyards naturally using the principles of regenerative agriculture, and they are certified organic.

Winemaker's Notes

Alcohol

13.5%

Fermentation

indigenous yeast

Harvest date

Sept. 10-27, 2019

Sugar

22.5 Brix average

Bottling date

April 2020

Release Date

May 2022

Total acid

6.7 g/L

pH

3.28

Blend

100% Sauvignon Blanc