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Sherry-Lehmann USD 54.95 750ml

Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve Carneros 2015

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Tasting NotesDecadent Meyer lemon crème pie, toasted hazelnut, and baked Asian pear flavors evolve beautifully across the palate in our remarkably rich Reserve Chardonnay. Its creaminess is lifted by both the vibrant purity of the fruit and the wine’s bright acidity; its elegantly rich lemon and pear flavors seem to glide across the palate endlessly in a luxuriously long finish. 100% ChardonnayVineyard NotesWith its cooling marine influences, the southern Carneros region is home to some of Napa Valley’s finest Chardonnays. For the 2015 Reserve, we hand selected fruit from the appellation’s renowned Hyde ranch. The region’s climate, combined with clay loam soils, provides ideal conditions for the development of deeply flavored Chardonnay.Winery Notes

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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

Member Reviews for Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve Carneros

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Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,080
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/28/2011

A very nice Chardonnay for those who love and are learning to love Chardonnay alike. Nicely oaked, full of soft pear and vanilla flavors. Buttery but nicely crisp.


Snooth User: Pinkie
24413625
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/12/2009

Vanilla, oak, dark fruit, yummy, dry


Snooth User: Pinkie
24413625
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/12/2009

Gorgeous oak, vanilla love, dark color


Snooth User: lichavaz
25825725
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/13/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Pinkie
24413625
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 10/12/2009

Zingy, light color, a little oak


Snooth User: dnote627
2170294
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 02/15/2010

I had this over the weekend at a restaurant called Spice in Orlando. I really enjoyed this Chardonnay and would definitely buy it again.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,574
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/16/2007

Very vanilla and oak nose. A nice acidic attack. This is a very oaky wine. I felt it was a bit lacking in fruit for this much oak. Any fruits there were came out rather muted - there was some apple and stone fruit in there somewhere. A spicy, oaky finish. Enjoyed with my brand new Riedel glasses - thanks Mark


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External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve Carneros

External Review
Vintage: 2012 12/11/2014

Flavor descriptors: Equally intriguing in our 2012 Reserve Chardonnay are the golden pear and cantaloupe fruits, the fresh lemon citrus, and the toasty hazelnut nuances which blend with a touch of clove and cardamom spice. The beautifully integrated flavors unravel silkily on the palate while remaining wonderfully refreshing. This wine’s intriguing complexity continues through a long, lingering finish. - Winery Vintage: The 2012 vintage is a classic for Napa Valley and excellent one for white wines. Following two cooler and wetter growing seasons, Vineyard Manager, Matt Ashby, calls 2012 a “walk in the park.” A dry winter led to well-timed rain in March to saturate the soils and help fill the reservoirs. Warm days and cool nights endured through the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. Our Reserve Chardonnay harvest began on September 21st and finished on October 20th, bringing in good yields of vibrant, healthy fruit. Vineyards: With its cooling marine influences, the southern Carneros region is home to some of Napa Valley’s finest Chardonnays. For the 2012 Reserve, we hand selected fruit from the appellation’s renowned Hyde and Madonna ranches. The region’s climate, combined with clay loam soils, provides ideal conditions for the development of deeply flavored Chardonnay. Winemaking: We hand-harvested our selected Chardonnay grapes into one-half ton bins at daybreak and gently pressed them as whole clusters to retain fruity flavors and delicacy. A slow, cool native-yeast fermentation took place in mostly (95%) Burgundian style barrels for fruit and oak integration, and enhanced mouth feel. Seventy percent of the barrels were new French oak, adding layers of complexity. As the new wine underwent malolactic fermentation, we began stirring each barrel twice a week, re-suspending the yeast lees to gradually build in greater creaminess and further enrich the texture. When the wine reached optimal balance of fruit and oak influence, it was blended and transferred to neutral barrels with the lees to continue aging for a total of eleven months. Total acid: 6.3g/L Final pH: 3.30 Residual sugar: 1.30 g/L Alcohol: 14.5% by volume


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/09/2017

Flavor descriptors: Equally intriguing in our 2012 Reserve Chardonnay are the golden pear and cantaloupe fruits, the fresh lemon citrus, and the toasty hazelnut nuances which blend with a touch of clove and cardamom spice. The beautifully integrated flavors unravel silkily on the palate while remaining wonderfully refreshing. This wine’s intriguing complexity continues through a long, lingering finish. - Winery Vintage: The 2012 vintage is a classic for Napa Valley and excellent one for white wines. Following two cooler and wetter growing seasons, Vineyard Manager, Matt Ashby, calls 2012 a “walk in the park.” A dry winter led to well-timed rain in March to saturate the soils and help fill the reservoirs. Warm days and cool nights endured through the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. Our Reserve Chardonnay harvest began on September 21st and finished on October 20th, bringing in good yields of vibrant, healthy fruit. Vineyards: With its cooling marine influences, the southern Carneros region is home to some of Napa Valley’s finest Chardonnays. For the 2012 Reserve, we hand selected fruit from the appellation’s renowned Hyde and Madonna ranches. The region’s climate, combined with clay loam soils, provides ideal conditions for the development of deeply flavored Chardonnay. Winemaking: We hand-harvested our selected Chardonnay grapes into one-half ton bins at daybreak and gently pressed them as whole clusters to retain fruity flavors and delicacy. A slow, cool native-yeast fermentation took place in mostly (95%) Burgundian style barrels for fruit and oak integration, and enhanced mouth feel. Seventy percent of the barrels were new French oak, adding layers of complexity. As the new wine underwent malolactic fermentation, we began stirring each barrel twice a week, re-suspending the yeast lees to gradually build in greater creaminess and further enrich the texture. When the wine reached optimal balance of fruit and oak influence, it was blended and transferred to neutral barrels with the lees to continue aging for a total of eleven months. Total acid: 6.3g/L Final pH: 3.30 Residual sugar: 1.30 g/L Alcohol: 14.5% by volume ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Fine acidity and a bracing minerality, like a lick of cold steel on a winter day, mark this Chardonnay. It has oak notes, but theyre wisely kept in the background, allowing the citrus, green apple and peach flavors to star. This beautiful wine continues the winerys string of great reserve Chardonnays, and is their best since the 2006 vintage. - S.H. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 PointsBright medium yellow. Tropical fruits and peach on the nose, plus a hint of mirabelle. Ripe citrus and floral flavors are nicely framed by juicy acidity. Turns a bit phenolic on the back end, finishing with a resiny note, some vanillin oak and slightly edgy acidity. Most of this barrel blend went through malolactic fermentation. The winemaking team does a lot of lees stirring for this wine; head winemaker Genevieve Janssens noted that the 2011 was still being stirred twice weekly as of early March. - Stephen Tanzer 89+ PointsTrim, sleek and elegant, emphasizing notes of subtle white peach, floral and nectarine. Holds steady on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,266 cases made. JL - Wine Spectator Magazine 88 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2011 03/15/2014

Fine acidity and a bracing minerality, like a lick of cold steel on a winter day, mark this Chardonnay. It has oak notes, but they're wisely kept in the background, allowing the citrus, green apple and peach flavors to star. This beautiful wine continues the winery's string of great reserve Chardonnays, and is their best since the 2006 vintage. - S.H. Bright medium yellow. Tropical fruits and peach on the nose, plus a hint of mirabelle. Ripe citrus and floral flavors are nicely framed by juicy acidity. Turns a bit phenolic on the back end, finishing with a resiny note, some vanillin oak and slightly edgy acidity. Most of this barrel blend went through malolactic fermentation. The winemaking team does a lot of lees stirring for this wine; head winemaker Genevieve Janssens noted that the 2011 was still being stirred twice weekly as of early March. - Stephen Tanzer 89+ Points Trim, sleek and elegant, emphasizing notes of subtle whit...


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Vintage: 2009 08/21/2013

Clean, pure and graceful, with the accent on ripe apple, pear and melon. Subtle background notes of toasty oak and vanilla are woven throughout the wine. Drink now through 2018. 1,365 cases made. -JL Bright medium yellow. Tropical fruits and peach on the nose, plus a hint of mirabelle. Ripe citrus and floral flavors are nicely framed by juicy acidity. Turns a bit phenolic on the back end, finishing with a resiny note, some vanillin oak and slightly edgy acidity. Most of this barrel blend went through malolactic fermentation. The winemaking team does a lot of lees stirring for this wine; head winemaker Genevieve Janssens noted that the 2011 was still being stirred twice weekly as of early March. - Stephen Tanzer 89+ Points The 2009 Chardonnay Reserve shows gorgeous texture, nuance and detail in an understated style that is quite appealing. Melon, peach, spice and floral notes round out the generous, clean finish. This is a fairly restra...


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

The best Mondavi reserve Chardonnay ever, this caps a string of excellent reserve Chardonnays made by Mondavi in the rsquo;90s. In 1994, its 1992 Chardonnay Reserve achieved the No. 52 spot. Always elegant, often compact in its youth, this wine gains richness and complexity with bottle age. Look also for the Napa Valley Reserve 1995 and the 1995 Carneros bottling.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Ripe, with complex pear, fig and pineapple flavors that are smooth and polished, gaining nuance and elegance on the finish where the flavors fan out. Drink now through 2002.


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Tasting NotesDecadent Meyer lemon crème pie, toasted hazelnut, and baked Asian pear flavors evolve beautifully across the palate in our remarkably rich Reserve Chardonnay. Its creaminess is lifted by both the vibrant purity of the fruit and the wine’s bright acidity; its elegantly rich lemon and pear flavors seem to glide across the palate endlessly in a luxuriously long finish. 100% ChardonnayVineyard NotesWith its cooling marine influences, the southern Carneros region is home to some of Napa Valley’s finest Chardonnays. For the 2015 Reserve, we hand selected fruit from the appellation’s renowned Hyde ranch. The region’s climate, combined with clay loam soils, provides ideal conditions for the development of deeply flavored Chardonnay.Winery Notes

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