Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands Solaire 2005

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Winemaking: • Hand-harvested in cool morning hours • Whole-cluster pressed to retain maximum fruitiness and delicacy • 80% barrel-fermented (16% new oak), remainder in stainless steel tanks • Partial malolactic fermentation to fine tune acids and textural balance • Nearly 6 months aging sur lie in French oak barrels (16% new oak) Vintage Notes: While a wet spring and heavy May rains delivered more than twice the normal amount of rainfall in Napa Valley, springtime weather in the Carneros region was more normal with read more... just a little more precipitation than average. The late storms of 2005 caused the delay of budbreak and bloom for all varieties, of budbreak and bloom for all varieties, but once they began, the vines grew quickly with plenty of moisture in the ground. Vineyard crews carefully reduced both foliage and fruit clusters, making several passes through the fields to bring the vines into balance and ensure ripening as the growing season progressed. Overall, the 2005 growing season was significantly cooler than usual. In Carneros, temperatures were moderate except for a warmer period in July. The region’s famous fog lingered over the vineyards until late morning most days in August and September. Because of the delayed spring and cool late-season temperatures that extended through harvest, picking didn’t begin for Chardonnay until mid-September—several weeks later than most years—and didn’t finish until the of budbreak and bloom for all varieties, but once they began, the vines grew quickly with plenty of moisture in the ground. Vineyard crews carefully reduced both foliage and fruit clusters, making several passes through the fields to bring the vines into balance and ensure ripening as the growing season progressed. Overall, the 2005 growing season was significantly cooler than usual. In Carneros, temperatures were moderate except for a warmer period in July. The region’s famous fog lingered over the vineyards until late morning most days in August and September. Because of the delayed spring and cool late-season temperatures that extended through harvest, picking didn’t begin for Chardonnay until mid-September—several weeks later than most years—and didn’t finish until the last days of October. The long hang time allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, fostering excellent development of aromatics and flavors and setting a relatively easy pace for the vineyard and winemaking teams. Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 74% Los Carneros AVA remainder: 19% Napa Valley, 2.9% Sonoma, 2.3% West Napa Tasting Notes: Fresh and youthful with lively acidity and abundant fruit. Richly layered flavors unfold in the mouth: lemon, green apple, pear, pineapple and crème brulee. Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay Aroma: Aromas of zesty citrus and green apple mingle with a hint of coconut and subtle oak.

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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
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Snooth User: show
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2.00 5
02/10/2009

Mild first note and tasty acid remain to after, but the body is kind of weak.


Snooth User: jdepetrillo
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0.00 5
06/22/2009

Clear, yellow. Lemon, apple. Decent fruit, hints of lemon mild butter and oak but not overly oaky


Snooth User: Alleigh
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4.00 5
05/29/2009

a beautiful pale gold color, and big, drippy legs. The wine had a nice, smooth complexity. On the nose, I found peach, green apples, and a touch of lime and coconut. In the mouth, there was buttery peach, green apples, and pineapple, with a touch of blossoms and honey. The wine was oaky and beautiful, with a well-balanced flavor. For my complete review, visit my blog at http://bit.ly/vov2q


Snooth User: starla63
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3.00 5
05/09/2010

Light and crisp and oaky. I am new to chardonnay and I did enjoy this.


Snooth User: berglurw
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4.50 5
10/10/2008

A great chardonnay, and I'm not a fan of chardonnays. The 20% of fermenting in the stainless tanks, plus the 64% old barrel use makes this white not have the tannin 'dryness' that comes with so many whites. The two keys to finding this wine amongst the many varieties coming from Mondavi is to find two things on the label... first it must say "Robert Mondavi Winery" and "Napa Valley" (in gold at the bottom). The rest of the chardonnays, such as the reserve, don't use single vineyard Napa grapes, and aren't fermented in the steel/vintage barrels in the same manner. Plus, you'll see that it costs ~$16 rather than the $9 for the other Mondavi chardonnays.


External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands Solaire

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewWhats so nice about this wine is that it has full-throttle Chard personality while keeping everything so balanced that its also a versatile food wine. You cant say that about a lot of Chardonnays. Mainly its the acidity, but also the complex, subtle interplay of fruit and oak. A very nice job.Wine Tasting NotesFresh and youthful with lively acidity and abundant fruit. Aromas of zesty citrus and green apple mingle with a hint of coconut and subtle oak. Richly layered flavors unfold in the mouth: lemon, green apple, pear, pineapple and crme brulee.


External Review
03/16/2010

Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay 2005 Napa and all other wine from Robert Mondavi Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
08/01/2008

One of the most famous California Chardonnays, this wine from Robert Mondavi is versatile and extremely easy to drink. Its lush, buttery texture supports clear, bright fruit flavors.


External Review
09/15/2009

It?s firm and deep in fruit, with an impressive minerality, and the balance for aging. Lay this Chardonnay down for two to four years as it gains some bottle complexity.


External Review
06/30/2013

Aromas of zesty citrus, green apple and tropical coconut are enhanced by the subtle use of oak. Ripe layers of fruit flavors unfold in the glass, with citrus and green apple leading to pear and pineapple. In the background, smoky oak deepens into creme brulee.


External Review
03/14/2008

The biggest, most famous of the California Chardonnays, Robert Mondavi's wine is a perfect sipper. Broad lush flavors and oak.



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Winemaking: • Hand-harvested in cool morning hours • Whole-cluster pressed to retain maximum fruitiness and delicacy • 80% barrel-fermented (16% new oak), remainder in stainless steel tanks • Partial malolactic fermentation to fine tune acids and textural balance • Nearly 6 months aging sur lie in French oak barrels (16% new oak) Vintage Notes: While a wet spring and heavy May rains delivered more than twice the normal amount of rainfall in Napa Valley, springtime weather in the Carneros region was more normal with read more... just a little more precipitation than average. The late storms of 2005 caused the delay of budbreak and bloom for all varieties, of budbreak and bloom for all varieties, but once they began, the vines grew quickly with plenty of moisture in the ground. Vineyard crews carefully reduced both foliage and fruit clusters, making several passes through the fields to bring the vines into balance and ensure ripening as the growing season progressed. Overall, the 2005 growing season was significantly cooler than usual. In Carneros, temperatures were moderate except for a warmer period in July. The region’s famous fog lingered over the vineyards until late morning most days in August and September. Because of the delayed spring and cool late-season temperatures that extended through harvest, picking didn’t begin for Chardonnay until mid-September—several weeks later than most years—and didn’t finish until the of budbreak and bloom for all varieties, but once they began, the vines grew quickly with plenty of moisture in the ground. Vineyard crews carefully reduced both foliage and fruit clusters, making several passes through the fields to bring the vines into balance and ensure ripening as the growing season progressed. Overall, the 2005 growing season was significantly cooler than usual. In Carneros, temperatures were moderate except for a warmer period in July. The region’s famous fog lingered over the vineyards until late morning most days in August and September. Because of the delayed spring and cool late-season temperatures that extended through harvest, picking didn’t begin for Chardonnay until mid-September—several weeks later than most years—and didn’t finish until the last days of October. The long hang time allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, fostering excellent development of aromatics and flavors and setting a relatively easy pace for the vineyard and winemaking teams. Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 74% Los Carneros AVA remainder: 19% Napa Valley, 2.9% Sonoma, 2.3% West Napa Tasting Notes: Fresh and youthful with lively acidity and abundant fruit. Richly layered flavors unfold in the mouth: lemon, green apple, pear, pineapple and crème brulee. Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay Aroma: Aromas of zesty citrus and green apple mingle with a hint of coconut and subtle oak.

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