C. Mondavi and Sons Chardonnay the Divining Rod Santa Lucia Highland 2011
"The 2011 Continuum is a dark, brooding beauty. The heavy presence of Petit Verdot, 11% in this vintage, is clearly felt in the wine's somber, intense personality. The 2011 is going to require significant patience. It boasts superb density and pedigree, but it was also bottled just a few months ago, and is a bit unsettled at this stage. The 2011 was made from virtually all estate fruit, with a splash of Petit Verdot from Mount Veeder...95+" Antonio Galloni 11/13
Editorial Reviews for C. Mondavi and Sons Chardonnay the Divining Rod Santa Lucia Highland
Rather perfumy on the nose with creamy raw almond undertones to the slightly spicy pineapple and pear fruit on the nose. This turns even more floral with air. Crisp on entry with nice bright acids driving an apple laden midpalate that picks up some creme brulee and key lime pie flavors on the backend. Just a slightly creamy edge adds textural detail to the fairly bright midpalate. the flavors are a bit simple and lack the brightness of the texture, but this is so easy to drink, finishing with a lightly veneer of oak spice and vanilla. Has a certain elegance to it but is simple. 87pts
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for C. Mondavi and Sons Chardonnay the Divining Rod Santa Lucia Highland
Fresh and youthful with lively acidity and abundant fruit. Aromas of zesty citrus and green apple mingle with a hint of coconut and subtle oak. Richly layered flavors unfold in the mouth: lemon, green apple, pear, pineapple and creme brulee.
The rich, vibrant essence of Chardonnay: Bright, enticing fruity aromas - juicy Honeycrisp apple, citrus-laced Asian pear, ripe melon and fresh quince - are intermingled with vanilla-scented crème brûlée, subtle minerality, and traces of warm hazelnut and clove. These elements segue seamlessly to the palate, offering a lush, creamy mouth feel impeccably balanced by crisp, mouthwatering acidity. - Winery Alcohol: 13.5% by volume Total acid: 6.5g/L Final pH: 3.47 Residual sugar: 1.39 g/L
Our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from cool-climate Central Coast grapes and has been blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, and Petit Verdot. The wine has a smooth texture and sweet, red-fruit character that distinguishes California's finest Cabernet Sauvignons. Flavors of cherry and blueberry, along with smoky oak and vanilla accents invigorate the palate and provide a lengthy finish. Enjoy with standing rib roasts, grilled steak, roast duck, spareribs, lasagna, or flavorful hard cheeses. - Winery VARIETAL COMPOSITION 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Syrah 3% Merlot 3% Petite Sirah 3% Cabernet Franc 1% Tannat 1% Petit Verdot APPELLATION 74% Monterey County 19% Paso Robles 4% San Benito County 3% Santa Barbara County OAK AGING: 12 months in French/American Oak TA: 6.0g/L pH: 3.7 ALCOHOL: 13.5%
Lively and Chablis-like, with fresh green apple, green pear and citrus notes. Clean and easy-drinking. Drink now through 2015.
If you’re looking for a big, rich, oaky fruit bomb of a Chardonnay, you won’t find it here. Instead, drink it with salmon, lobster or whatever your favorite Chardonnay foods are, and find an eager, but not egotistic, partner. The acids will cut through butter and oil, while the subtle tropical and citrus fruits will satisfy discerning Chardophiles.
Aromas of zesty citrus, green apple and tropical coconut are enhanced by the subtle use of oak. Ripe layers of fruit flavors unfold in the glass, with citrus and green apple leading to pear and pineapple. In the background, smoky oak deepens into creme brulee.
Our Chardonnay possesses aromas of pineapple with hints of lemon curd, mango and brioche. Look for pleasant undertones of citrus with flavors developing to stone fruits with a bright acidity and a lingering finish. - Winery
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