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Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley 2016

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
83464772,731
0.00 5
Vintage: 2014 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.


Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,731
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Clean, clear and well made, this wine is a classic expression of Chardonnay. Peach, apricot and cream aromas are medium in their intensity. The palate opens up bold and inviting, with powerful white grape and peach flavors, a good dose of fresh acidity to drive the palate, and a finish of bold fruit and creamy oak.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/17/2014

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/08/2013

Ripe and jammy on the nose with a nice base of well judged mocha, vanilla oak and a dusting of clove over soft, slightly minty black currant fruit. This is rather bright on entry with rich ripe prune and blackberry flavors supported by vibrant acidity, almost too vibrant in that it lends a citrus cast to the palate., though it does make this easy to drink. The ripeness eventually breaks through the acid barrier and the wood adds its weight on the backend before this fades on a modest, slightly dry and woody finish. Still it easy to drink and the freshness combined with the powerful fruit makes for an attractive package, though it tastes a bit like black currant jam on toast with cinnamon sugar. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/09/2012

This is quite oaky on the nose with tea, black spice and sweet vanilla aromas over some soft prune fruit. Rather large-scaled in the mouth with a soft, rich and creamy texture and some obvious alcohol on the palate. The mid-palate shows a lot of wood tannins. Creamy caramel and dried ginger accents to the cranberry and red cherry fruit pick up some mint on the modest, drying finish. 84pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/15/2010

Young notes on the nose recall coffee cream with a buttery edge over jammy red fruits with hints of herb, leather and a touch of medicinal, cola syrup. On the palater this is balanced with prominent acidity and emerging floral inner mouth perfume. It’s a bit tight on the mid-palate with good extract and a chewy feel, yet this is not particularly rich feeling. There’s a bit of vanilla that peaks out on the moderate finish, which is balanced by notes of chocolate, tobacco and cassis fruit. This may very well improve with age as almost every Mondavi Reserve has, but I have some doubts about where this is headed. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 02/15/2010

From 6 liter This starts out a bit shallow on the nose with significant notes of herbs and tea dominating the aromatics. The fruit is there, rather compact, dark and not particularly distinctive. On the palate this offers an attractive blend of toast, gravel dust, light smoke and tomato leaf tones that add complexity to the fruit. It’s a touch lean, but is almost silky with an elegant, refined feel and a nice, crisp finish. 88pts


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Member Reviews for Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,422
0.00 5
Vintage: 2014 10/11/2017

Purchased in lieu of the Napa Fires


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,615
3.00 5
Vintage: 2013 12/05/2016

Not a fruit-forward wine by any means. LOTS of tannin. Not necessarily a bad thing, but let that be a warning to tannophobes. The flavor profile points me to tobacco, dark chocolate, mocha. Not the kind of wine you want to sip—more the kind of wine that you want to accompany food. It is very full-bodied. So, it will with a robust meal—a beef or game roast or a stew. Also, since it does not have a lot of fruit, it will not compete with the preparation of your meal.


Snooth User: chriscage
481309785
4.00 5
Vintage: 2013 10/17/2015

Purpulish hued and light just barely goes through this one....slightly boozy in the nostrils and fruit forward for a Cab. The taste follows closely and the finish is slightly buttery, yet clean with many berries....a decent Cab for the price!


Snooth User: mikechil
438548272
4.50 5
Vintage: 2013 03/31/2011

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,731
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,731
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mrs Chicago
146698873
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 02/13/2014

Good buy


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External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/08/2018

Tasting Notes: An incredible buy, Merlot’s glorious richness and mouthwatering fruits are on display in our 2016 vintage, offering deeply intense blackberry and black plum flavors layered with sweet oak spices, and a fresh, earthy complexity (oregano, eucalyptus) on a palate with firm, velvety tannins balanced by the refreshing acidity. Blend: 76% Merlot 24% Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Notes: Generous winter rains helped alleviate the drought conditions of the past four years, and the 2016 growing season started early.Throughout the summer months, we enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cool evenings, providing balancing acidity to our sun-ripened grapes. The near-perfect growing season continued through harvest and our grapes were safely in the cellar as the valley's first significant rainstorm arrived late October. We are grateful for a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines. Our selected grapes for this wine were picked between September 8th and October 8th. Winemaker Notes: 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 (3% new) for malolactic fermentation and 17 months aging to develop greater roundness and depth. Cabernet Sauvignon was included in the blend to enhance the wine’s structure, balance and complex flavor profile. The wine was bottled in April 2018. Alcohol: 14.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 07/17/2018

Flavor descriptors: Our Napa Valley chardonnay’s juicy pineapple and ripe pear fruits mingle with warm apple pie and toasted hazelnut flavors in this incredibly rich- textured wine. It’s defining creaminess is elevated by refreshing acidity and carries the fruity, toasty flavors along its deliciously rich finish. Vintage: 2015 started warmer and drier than usual, without a drop of rain in January. The dry conditions continued well into April with some early irrigation in the vineyards. A cooler May reduced fruit set and provided the first signs of a lighter crop for the vintage. The harvest brought in fruit at optimal flavor maturity before a series of heat waves hit the valley. Overall, the 2015 harvest is one of the earliest on record. The grapes for our Napa Valley chardonnay were picked between August 19th and September 15th. Vineyards: This classic Napa Valley blend brings together the best AVAs for Chardonnay. The blend is dominated by fruit from the cooler regions in the southern end of the valley, where bay fog and breezes allow the grapes to ripen at a gradual, flavor-building pace while retaining refreshing, natural acidity. A small amount of fruit from our Wappo Hill vineyard, in the Stag’s Leap District, adds just the right touch of opulence to the blend, with other excellent Chardonnay vineyards giving their textures and tastes to the final wine. Winemaking: The grapes were harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters to conserve the vibrant, fruity flavors. Seventy percent (70%) of the juice was fermented in French oak barrels (16% new) and the balance was cold fermented in stainless-steel tanks to retain brightness and purity of fruit. Partial malolactic fermentation balanced the lively acidity and added complexity. Each lot was aged on the yeast lees (sûr lie) and was hand-stirred regularly (bâtonnage) throughout nine (9) months of aging, for seamless integration of flavors and a rich, creamy finish. The wine was bottled in November of 2016. Varietal composition: 99% Chardonnay 1% Semillon Total acid: 5.7 g/L Final pH: 3.47 Residual sugar: 0.57 g/L Alcohol: 14.5% by volume


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 06/07/2018

Flavor descriptors: A mouth filling entry of dark berry and black plum fruit is layered with black pepper, dried lavender and herbs complexity, enrobing a firm core of tannins and bright acidity in a wave of deliciously sensual fruit and spice flavors which linger on the richly-textured finish. Vintage: 2015 started warmer and drier than usual, without a drop of rain in January. The dry conditions continued well into April with some early irrigation in the vineyards. A cooler May reduced fruit set and provided the first signs of a lighter crop for the vintage. The harvest brought in fruit at optimal flavor maturity before a series of heat waves hit the valley. Overall, the 2015 harvest is one of the earliest on record. Our selected grapes for our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine were picked between September 4th an October 30th. Vineyards: Fruit for our Napa Valley Cabernet includes two of the valley’s most renowned sub-appellations and vineyards: our historic To Kalon vineyard in Oakville located on the well-drained alluvial bench surrounding the winery; and a smaller percentage from our Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stag’s Leap district. The varying mesoclimates and soils of these two vineyards elicit a wonderfully concentrated, expressive, and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and are combined with fruit from a number of the area’s finest vineyards for the perfect expression of the region. Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow cellar. The clusters were gently de-stemmed directly into traditional oak tanks for cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration-a total of 25 days of wine to skin contact--maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into French oak barrels (16% new) for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over the 17 months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in May 2017. Varietal composition: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Merlot 2% Petit Verdot 2% Cabernet Franc Total acid: 6.4 g/L Final pH: 3.74 Residual sugar: 0.89 g/L Alcohol: 15% by volume


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 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


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/25/2018

Flavor descriptors: Tantalizing ripe Asian pear, red apple fruit and crème brulée mingle beautifully with toasted almonds and hazelnuts, a touch of lemon rind, and ginger spice, which all flow seamlessly across the palate in this classic Napa Valley Chardonnay. 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 were not affected and harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. The grapes were harvested between August 22nd and September 24th. Vineyards: This classic Chardonnay brings together the best Napa Valley appellations for Chardonnay while adding a touch of fruit from other renowned regions. Two cooler Napa Valley areas dominate the blend, including the breezy, bay-influenced Carneros region and morning-fogged Oak Knoll District. These areas allow the grapes to ripen at a gradual, flavor-building pace while retaining refreshing, natural acidity. A small amount of fruit from our Wappo Hill vineyard in the Stag’s Leap District adds just the right touch of opulence to the blend, while complexity builds from other top Chardonnay sites. Winemaking: The grapes were harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters to conserve the vibrant, fruity flavors. Eighty-five percent (85%) of the juice was fermented in French oak barrels (34% new) and the balance was cold fermented in stainless-steel tanks to retain brightness and purity of fruit. Partial malolactic fermentation balanced the lively acidity and added complexity. Each barrel lot was aged on the yeast lees (sûr lie) and was hand-stirred regularly (bâtonnage) throughout nine months of aging, for seamless integration of flavors and a rich, creamy finish. The wine was bottled in September of 2015. Total acid: 6.0 g/L Final pH: 3.42 Residual sugar: 0.61 g/L Alcohol: 14.5% by volume


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 08/23/2017

Flavor descriptors: Dark fruits of black cherry, plum and blackberry are layered seamlessly with sweet spice, herbal, dark earth and a touch of sweet tobacco in our 2014 vintage, and accompany the rich concentration, silky tannins and long finish that we look forward to in our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon each year. 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 were not affected and harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. Fruit was harvested September 2nd through October 17th. Vineyards: Fruit for our Napa Valley Cabernet includes two of the valley’s most renowned sub-appellations: our historic To Kalon vineyard in Oakville located on the well-drained alluvial bench surrounding the winery; and a smaller percentage from our Wappo Hill Vineyard in the Stag’s Leap district. The varying mesoclimates and soils of these two vineyards elicit a wonderfully concentrated, expressive, and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and are combined with fruit from a number of the area’s finest vineyards for the perfect expression of the region. Varietal composition: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot 2% Petit Verdot 1% Cabernet Franc 0.5% Malbec 0.5% Syrah Total acid: 6.29 g/L Final pH: 3.67 Residual sugar: 0.87 g/L Alcohol: 15% by volume


External Review
Vintage: 2013 10/04/2012

Excellent representation of a Napa Valley cab at a great value! Opens with dark cherries and plums before sliding into ripe fruit and suttle oak.Enjoy with a nice filet mignon! Robert Mondavi Website


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