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98 Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Mondavi Rotwein Kalifornien 2007
The vineyard team hand-harvested the Pinot Noir grapes in the cool morning hours to capture vivid fruit flavors and natural balance. Most of the fruit was destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation; in some of the tanks we used a percentage of whole clusters during fermentation to increase complexity. Using specially selected yeast cultures, the wine fermented in open-top stainless-steel fermentation tanks. After an average of 26 days maceration (skin contact), the wine was transferred to 100% new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, followed by 12 months of barrel aging. Wine analysis: 0.695% total acid, 3.39 pH, 0.059% residual sugar, and 15.6% alcohol, by volume
Editorial Reviews for 98 Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Mondavi Rotwein Kalifornien
Write your review here, and rate the wine from 1 to 5 glasses above.This really offers up some nice, complex aromatics that start off rather pine foresty with really sweet wood tones that recall coffee cream, and marshmallows but gains some depth with a meaty note and accents of sweet pipe tobacco and some dried tomato. On entry this is sweet but quickly turns hard and angular with tough little tannins fighting the small red fruits for your attention. The tannins win on the moderately short finish, which is also a tad hot.This just may need time but is a little disappointing. 86pts
Tasted at the winery 9/20/09
This has been a long time favorite of ours. I can appreciate a bargain when I taste it and this one continues to please!
I just picked this one up at Trader Joes and it is bar none, the best $8.50 bottle of Pinot I've ever tasted. I'm a committed fan of Joes 2-buck Chuck Sharaz, and a decades-devoted non-snob. RM has hit a home run with this one!! Fantastic wine.
This is the most fabulous wine that I have ever tasted! Wonderful aroma paired with wonderful flavor! I give this 5 wine glasses!!!!
Not a wine expert, but this was pretty decent
External Reviews for 98 Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Mondavi Rotwein Kalifornien
Medium red color. Tangy aromas of raspberry, rhubarb, licorice, loam and spices, along with a subtle truffley quality. Silky but shapely on the palate, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of cherry, mint and spices. Finishes with firm-edged tannins and good grip. Fresh and ready to drink.
Good bright, dark red. Red berries and flowers on the nose, with a high-toned suggestion of strawberry syrup. Sweet and fruity but a bit simple, with strawberry and redcurrant dominating; some hints of spicy oak. A tad dry on the back but probably best for drinking over the next three or four years.
Mondavi's Carneros Pinot Noir has been dependable for years, and this one continues the tradition. It's dry and balanced, with cherry, cola, coffee and herb flavors, and has the silky tannins and crisp acids you want in a Pinot.
Robust black cherry fruit takes center stage with silky spices wrapped in vanilla nuances from aging in toasted Burgundy barrels.
Intriguing aromas with flavors to match, a smooth and polished texture with elegant, appealing spice, black cherry and herb notes.
The latest release of Mondavi's vineyard designated Pinot comes close to the quality of their great '92. Generous quantities of black cherry fruit are mingled with herb, spice, cola, and vanilla notes, and the shear weight of the wine sets it apart from pretenders. This "Carneros" bottling has become one of the defining examples of Pinot Noir.
All the work that the winery did for so many years with Pinot Noir is brought home with this delicate, elegant wine. It combines lovely Carneros cherry, pomegranate, cola and spice flavors with cool-climate acidity to produce a dry, silky table wine that's easy to like. It's not an ageable blockbuster, but will be irresistible now with roast duck, pork or salmon dishes.
Food Pairings for 98 Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Mondavi Rotwein Kalifornien
The 2007 Pinot Noir Reserve is sophisticated, serious and classic. The wine opens with fresh aromas of dark fruit—black cherry, blackberry and black plum—underscored by notes of earth, spice and minerality. Similar flavors blossom in the mouth, backed by richly textured, firm tannins. A powerful wine with weight, presence and elegance.
931 Cases produced.
Notes: 100% new French oak barrels
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