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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
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
Soft California Merlot. Our Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot is made with grapes predominantly from California's Monterey County appellation. There, the vineyards enjoy a nightly blanket of cool Pacific Ocean fog, excellent soils and a long growing season. This ideal combination brings vibrant flavors and silky tannins to our Merlot including luscious layers of berry, plum and spice with light oak nuances from barrel-aging. The most recent available vintage will be sent, it may vary from the vintage indicated above.
A classic example of intensity tempered by elegance and finesse. A lush, fruity core of ripe blackberry, juicy red and black currant and sweet crème de cassis fleshes out steadily on the palate, interwoven with black currant leaf, mocha and a savory hint of black pepper. There's a refreshing brightness to the fruit from the beginning all the way through to the lingering, velvety finish. - WineryVarietal composition:84% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Cabernet Franc5% Merlot3% Petit VerdotTotal acid: 6.4 g/LFinal pH: 3.54Residual sugar: 0.30 g/LAlcohol: 14% by volume ** SOLD OUT **
The Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville is surrounded by the famous To-Kalon Vineyard with its acres of Cabernet vines up to 35 years of age. That's what makes their Oakville Cabernet so special. For this 2011 93% of the grapes were sourced from the To-Kalon Vineyard. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Fermentation and extended maceration lasted a full 38 days, maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The wine was aged in 92% new French oak barrels for 20 months. Beverge Dyanmics Magazine scored it 95 points saying "Dark in the glass with plenty of dark fruit note on the noes, the wine is rich, with hints if spice and herbs; an exceptionally long finish, with great balance."
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%
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
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.