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Mondavi Pinot Noir Napa 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Hand-harvested in cool morning hours Partial whole-cluster fermentation for spice and depth Co-fermentation of Pinot Noir clones for layers of flavor Fermented in open top stainless steel, standard stainless steel and standard wood uprights Select French yeasts for enhanced complexity and character 20 days skin contact (maceration) to soften tannins 100% in-barrel malolactic fermentation Six months aging in toasted French barrels (27% new oak)

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 Mondavi Pinot Noir Napa

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,126
3.50 5
12/09/2010

Very dark and cola-scented with noticeable alcohol, gentle herb notes, some distinct nutmeg tones and baked black cherry fruit. On entry this is rich and voluptuous with tons of sweet black cherry fruit and a touch of baking spices. The acids are well integrated and the tannins give a very lightly dusty feel to the mid-palate. The wine has some attractive herbal nuances on the mid-palate, with a hint of citrus peel popping out toward the backend. The finish is a bit short but this is holding its alcohol very well. A rich, dense style of Pinot that many will enjoy but it lacks the elegance of Pinot Noir. 88pts


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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
2.50 5
01/16/2010

Nothing exciting. Perhaps it's just too young and needs more development in the bottle. Sweet fruity notes, but no complexity. A bit unbalanced. Not what I expect from Carneros pinot noir. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 1/16/10


Snooth User: Kelsey Wilburn
890676226
3.00 5
08/11/2011

Pleasantly surprised by this Pinot.


Snooth User: traceyb
46422421
3.00 5
05/04/2010

Not too bad


Snooth User: cbone6
69070010
4.00 5
12/22/2010

Luscious and balanced, cherry nose with hints of truffles. Round in the mouth with long finish. A great expression of Carneros Pinot Noir.


Snooth User: rosieprince7
56909712
1.00 5
09/18/2010

One glass


External Reviews for Mondavi Pinot Noir Napa

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A touch earthy and leathery, but the texture is smooth and polished, and the hints of dried cherries and berry are appealing, have some nuance. Finishes with mild tannins. Drink now through 2001.


External Review
05/22/2011

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
05/22/2011

A medium-weight style, displaying simple, delicate strawberry, plum and cherry flavors that are pure and focused. Successful in presenting the grape in a delicate and persistent manner. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Unfolds with complex layers of black cherries, ripe berries, sweet spices, roses and woodsy nuances. Rich, highly extracted fruit flavors linger in a finish laced with vanilla and toasty oak.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Medium cherry red. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Moderately oaked. Moderately tannic. Rich cherry aromas with vanilla accents lead a rounded palate with some depth of fruit flavors and a hint of astringent tannins giving some authority to the finish.


External Review
05/22/2011

Cherry colored with a crimson cast. Moderately light-bodied. Moderate extract, oak and tannins. Herbs, red berries, cherries. Floral nose. Attractively high toned spiced style, with a rounded and racy fruit profile through the toasty finish. Drinking rather well now with good acidity to match rich foods.


External Review
06/14/2012

Robed in deep color, this Pinot Noir opens with the intense aromas of dark fruits - black cherries and plums - that echo on the palate. Well integrated acids bring a measure of vibrancy to the lush, fleshy texture, and fine-grained tannins lend structure into the smooth, lingering finish.


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Tasting Notes:

An enticing wine with alluring aromas and flavors of wild blackberries, sweet red cherries, a zing of fresh cranberry and a hint of graphite. Well-structured tannins are fine-grained and silky, and the wine ends with a long, smooth finish. Delicious and distinctive.

Hand-harvested in cool morning hours Partial whole-cluster fermentation for spice and depth Co-fermentation of Pinot Noir clones for layers of flavor Fermented in open top stainless steel, standard stainless steel and standard wood uprights Select French yeasts for enhanced complexity and character 20 days skin contact (maceration) to soften tannins 100% in-barrel malolactic fermentation Six months aging in toasted French barrels (27% new oak)

Closure: Cork

Notes: 27% new French oak barrels

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter

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