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Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Private Selection California 2013

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas: Red cherry, red plum, and blackberry with a hint of spice Flavors: Cherry and blueberry with smoky oak and vanilla Texture: Smooth with a long finish Pair Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon with: Grilled steak, spare ribs, lasagna, or hard cheeses

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 Winery Merlot Private Selection California

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Snooth User: mikechil
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03/31/2011

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Private Selection California

External Review
Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
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


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
01/13/2015

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.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
02/04/2015

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.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
12/24/2014

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.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
03/06/2015

This Cabernet Sauvignon brims with blackberries, plums and spices, with soft oak nuances from barrel aging.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/30/2015

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.



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Aromas: Red cherry, red plum, and blackberry with a hint of spice Flavors: Cherry and blueberry with smoky oak and vanilla Texture: Smooth with a long finish Pair Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon with: Grilled steak, spare ribs, lasagna, or hard cheeses

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