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Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley 2014

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Blackberry aromas with rich spice and a leathery, oaky vanilla note. Juicy black cherry and blackberry flavors on the palate with a creamy texture on entry that evolves into strong tannins, dusty earth and creamy vanilla notes towards the tart finish.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
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02/08/2018

Blackberry aromas with rich spice and a leathery, oaky vanilla note. Juicy black cherry and blackberry flavors on the palate with a creamy texture on entry that evolves into strong tannins, dusty earth and creamy vanilla notes towards the tart finish.


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Source: We Speak Wine
01/25/2018

Flavor Descriptors: A juicy, plush merlot delivering dark cherry and black plum fruits with deeply integrated spices of black pepper, young cedar and fresh tobacco. The wine’s rich texture and velvety tannins soften this bold, dark-fruited, and spicy merlot. Vintage: 2014 started with worrisome, drought-like conditions, and many feared a parched, dry spring as in 2013. Refreshingly, spring rains came in February and into March providing water for the soils and filling reservoirs. The wine growing season will most be remembered for the August 24th Napa earthquake that occurred just as harvest was commencing in the Napa Valley. The vines at Mondavi were not affected, and while wine inventory was lost, the winery is continually grateful that no employees were harmed during the quake. The harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. The grapes were picked between September 4th and October 16th. Vineyards: The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from the Stag’s Leap District, a region renowned for its velvety delivery and the smooth, fleshy mouthfeel we look for in Merlot. The volcanic and other poor, shallow soils of the region suppress vine vigor, resulting in low yields of fruit of elegance and formidable intensity. A small amount of fruit from other select Napa Valley AVAs contributed added complexity, each sub-region bringing something a little different to the blend. Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning, then gently de-stemmed and crushed. Nearly one third of the wine was fermented in French-oak tanks in our To Kalon Cellar for soft, supple tannins and textural interest. The balance went into stainless steel tanks for purity of fruit expression. Twenty-two days of maceration maximized color and flavor extraction and polished the tannins for a lush, round mouthfeel. The new wine was transferred to 60-gallon French oak barrels (30% new) for malolactic fermentation and sixteen months aging to develop greater roundness and depth. Smaller amounts of complementary varieties were included in the blend, further enhancing the wine’s structure, balance and complex flavor profile. The wine was bottled in May 2016. Varietal Composition: 98% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc Total acid: 6.4 g/L Final pH: 3.59 Residual sugar: 0.95 g/L Alcohol: 15% by volume



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