The 2008 vintage was a year uncommonly experienced in California, as low rainfall, a devastating spring frost (the worst in over 30 years), and wildfires threatened to destroy thousands of vineyard acres. Drier soils and freezing temperatures resulted in many sleepless nights for vineyard managers—who worked tirelessly to protect crops from severe damage.
You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Robert Mondavi Winery’s new release and hear how its celebrated winemaker endured the 2008 season during a live webcast on October 27. Janssens will be joined by Vice President of Cultural Affairs, Margrit Mondavi, and Estate Director, Carl R. Jaeger, and is excited to share her experience with a global audience, stating, “It is wonderful that through the use of technology we can give our fans an insider’s look at our wines. Before, an experience like this could only be had at the winery, and now we can bring the winery out to the world.”
For more information about the live webcast, visit Robert Mondavi Winery’s event page on Facebook.
Learn more about the 2008 harvest and what the experts say by reading the full article.
“The wines are incredibly irregular, ranging from mediocre to splendid—the latter from vineyards that were untouched by smoke from the fires,” said renowned wine critic, Robert Parker, in the December 2010 issue of The Wine Advocate. “However, the sweet spot (and it was a dramatic one for me) was just how terrific the 2008 Bordeaux varietals have turned out in Napa Valley. This is a dense, low-yielding, complete vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Many 2008s are nearly as compelling as their brilliant counterparts from 2007, and in a few cases, are superior.”