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Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Private Selection California 2013
Four and a half glasses
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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
Here is a famous Cabernet from a California legend. Velvety layers of blackberry, plum and cassis highlight this Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. The complex interplay of aromas and flavors in the wine come from these vineyards planted in varied soils throughout California's Central Coast. The winemaker carefully selected the grapes to ensure rich, ripe character with soft tannins.
Here is a famous Cabernet from a California legend. Velvety layers of blackberry, plum and cassis highlight this Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. The complex interplay of aromas and flavors in the wine come from these vineyards planted in varied soils throughout California's Central Coast. The winemaker carefully selected the grapes to ensure rich, ripe character with soft tannins. The most recent available vintage will be sent, it may vary from the vintage indicated above.
Our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from cool-climate Central Coast grapes and has been blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah. The wine is medium-bodied with aromas of plum and cherry with a hint of vanilla oak, cedar, and dark roasted coffee beans. The flavors are blackberry, marionberry, black cherry, dried oregano, and chocolate. Enjoy with gnocchi and red sauce, grilled steak, or aged Gouda. VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 9.5% Syrah 3% Malbec 2% Cabernet Franc 2% Petite Sirah 1.5% mixed reds OAK AGING: 6–10 months TA: 5.9g/L RS: 2.3g/L pH: 3.8 ALCOHOL: 13.5%
Flavor descriptors: Ripe Asian pear, autumn quince and white melon fruit mingle beautifully with toasty hazelnuts and a hint of ginger spice in this classic Napa Valley Chardonnay. The tantalizing flavors ride silkily along a rich wave of texture into a long, lingering finish. Vintage: Vintage 2013 brought consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an ‘epic’ year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. The grapes were harvested between August 19th and September 24th. Vineyards: This classic Napa Valley blend brings together the best AVAs of the region 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. 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 (12% 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 October of 2014.
Lush and velvety, this Merlot brims with ripe dark fruit and sweet spice character from grapes grown in the southern half of Napa Valley, from Oakville to the Los Carneros region.
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