Mondavi Pinot Noir Napa 2008
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)
Editorial Reviews for Mondavi Pinot Noir Napa
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
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
Pleasantly surprised by this Pinot.
Not too bad
Luscious and balanced, cherry nose with hints of truffles. Round in the mouth with long finish. A great expression of Carneros Pinot Noir.
External Reviews for Mondavi Pinot Noir Napa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Notes: 27% new French oak barrels
|Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter|