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98 Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Mondavi Rotwein Kalifornien 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

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

Robert Mondavi Winery:
  The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 after a family split with the Charles Krug Winery, which had been founded by Robert’s father.  After heading out on his own, Robert settled on land in Napa valley, and in particular the famed To Kalon Vineyard in the Rutherford district. The original plot in To Kalon Vineyard was only 12 acres, but today there are 450 acres und... Read more
  The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 after a family split with the Charles Krug Winery, which had been founded by Robert’s father.  After heading out on his own, Robert settled on land in Napa valley, and in particular the famed To Kalon Vineyard in the Rutherford district. The original plot in To Kalon Vineyard was only 12 acres, but today there are 450 acres under vine. The Robert Mondavi Winery also includes the Wappo Hill Vineyard, which is a 400 acre plot in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Within a year of its inception, the Robert Mondavi Winery proved to be a true pioneer, not only with the establishment of his winery but also by introducing and popularizing the use of French oak barrels for wine, European wine techniques, and the bottling of varietal wines. Robert Mondavi Winery only uses French Oak barrels for storing wine, and his influence and success led to the practice’s prevalence. Among Mondavi’s greatest successes one would have to count the creation of the Fume Blanc moniker for Sauvignon Blanc as well as the introduction of his benchmark Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet. Today Robert Mondavi’s legacy is carried on under the watchful eye of his wife who works with the current winemakers Genevieve Janssens, Gustavo Gonzalez, and Richard Arnold to ensure that today’s Robert Mondavi wines deliver the elegance, appeal, and character that Robert had intended. Read less

Editorial Reviews for 98 Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Mondavi Rotwein Kalifornien

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,082
3.00 5
02/15/2010

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


Member Reviews for 98 Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Mondavi Rotwein Kalifornien

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.50 5
09/21/2009

Tasted at the winery 9/20/09


Snooth User: HopeG
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4.00 5
07/05/2009

This has been a long time favorite of ours. I can appreciate a bargain when I taste it and this one continues to please!


Snooth User: 2BuckNonSnob
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4.00 5
06/25/2009

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.


Snooth User: dbabenco
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5.00 5
11/20/2009

This is the most fabulous wine that I have ever tasted! Wonderful aroma paired with wonderful flavor! I give this 5 wine glasses!!!!


Snooth User: jayloh
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3.50 5
03/03/2010

Not a wine expert, but this was pretty decent

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Snooth User: Kheldarstl
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4.00 5
05/18/2010

Four glasses


External Reviews for 98 Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Mondavi Rotwein Kalifornien

External Review
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
05/23/2011

Robust black cherry fruit takes center stage with silky spices wrapped in vanilla nuances from aging in toasted Burgundy barrels.


External Review
05/23/2011

Intriguing aromas with flavors to match, a smooth and polished texture with elegant, appealing spice, black cherry and herb notes.


External Review
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
05/23/2011

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.


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Tasting Notes:

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.

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

931 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 100% new French oak barrels


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