Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir Central Coast Solaire 2008

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About This Wine: Our Solaire by Robert Mondavi 2008 Pinot Noir shows off deep, complex favors of black cherry and red raspberries, with hints of rose petal, violet, and red licorice. A background of smoky cinnamon, vanilla, and five-spice nuances comes from aging in toasted oak barrels. This wine has nice weight on the palate, with a lush texture and smooth, silky tannins that support the favors through the lingering finish.<br/><br/> <strong>Growing Region:</strong> The 2008 Solaire by Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir comes from three cool-climate Monterey County vineyards in California’s Central Coast appellation. The diversity of Pinot Noir clones, vine age, soils, and mesoclimates within these vineyards contribute to this wine’s layers of fruit expression, supple structure, rich texture, and balance. 90% of the grapes for this Pinot Noir were harvested from the southeast-facing terraces of our Bianchi Bench Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Santa Lucia Highlands are positioned on an East-facing slope, very similar to the growing conditions in Burgundy, France which is why Burgundian varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grow very well there. The vineyard is positioned on fertile alluvial soils with elevations ranging from 100 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Bianchi Bench fruit lends this Pinot Noir its aromatic berry fruit and floral character. To enhance its lush texture and structure, we added 5% from an Arroyo Seco vineyard and 5% from our Gabilan Vineyard. In all three sites, vines receive full morning sunshine, followed by the cooling effect of maritime winds from the Monterey Bay—perfect conditions for developing vibrant Pinot Noir favors.<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage:</strong> “It was a wild climatic year—every weather variable that a plant could experience occurred in the 2008 growing season,” said Winemaker Rick Boyer. “The vines didn’t know if they should grow or hunker down and wait for better weather.” This vintage endured drought, spring frosts, untimely rain during bloom, wildfires, hot winds, and early fall cold snaps. Amazingly, the vines yielded fully ripened fruit with great color, delicious favors, and balanced acidity. The Pinot Noir harvest began on September 24 and ended mid-October.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking:</strong> The fruit from each vineyard was fermented and aged separately to develop its unique personality. After destemming, the lightly crushed grapes were cold soaked for several days before fermentation for gentle favor extraction. To increase the wine’s soft texture and complexity, we stirred the lees during barrel aging. Our winemaker matched the vineyard expression of each wine to complementary French oak barrels made by a selection of top coopers. Then, following nine months of aging, he artistically blended the components to create our 2008 Pinot Noir.<br/><br/> About The Winery: In 1966, emboldened by boundless enthusiasm, and a conviction that California could produce wines that would belong in the company of the world's finest, Robert Mondavi set out on his own to found the first major winery built in the valley since prohibition: Robert Mondavi Winery. Since then the open arch of the Robert Mondavi Winery has welcomed thousands of guests who have come to share in Robert's love of wine, food, and art.<br/><br/> With the release of the Robert Mondavi Winery's Cabernet Sauvignon in the late 60's the world's eyes were opened to the potential of the Napa Valley. The historic Paris tasting in 1976, where two former winemakers of the Robert Mondavi Winery won first prize, further supported this revelation.<br/><br/> Robert Mondavi's commitment to the industry and to promoting wine as part of a gracious lifestyle led to his "mission tour" in the late 1980s. He crossed the country, educating restaurateurs, media and most of all consumers on wine's integral role in culture and civilization.<br/><br/> After 41 years, Robert Mondavi Winery still embodies its founder's commitment to excellence, innovation and creative spirit while continuing to produce wines that stand in the company of the world's finest.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Rick Boyer, Winemaker, Solaire by Robert Mondavi<br/><br/> Rick grew up in Southern California, where his early passions included fishing, bodysurfing and football.<br/><br/> In 1979, Rick graduated from UC Davis with a degree in plant science and was employed by E.J. Gallo Winery producing the base white wines and acting as the Grower Relations representative for the Central Valley region.<br/><br/> After four years with Gallo, Rick moved to the Monterey/Salinas area with Ventana Vineyards. During this time, he realized the untapped viticultural potential of Monterey County.<br/><br/> In 1985, he founded his own company, Richard Boyer Wines, specializing in small-lot, super-premium Monterey County wines. Staying in Monterey, Rick joined the team at Jekel Vineyards in 1994, where he led the charge to develop Monterey County within the Jekel portfolio. Simultaneously, he attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned an Executive Degree in 1997.<br/><br/> In 2005, Rick moved to Constellation Wines U.S. as the Director of Winemaking for the Monterey County facility located in Gonzales. Rick’s 20 plus years of winemaking experience, mostly in the Salinas Valley/Monterey County region, made him the ideal candidate to take the winemaking reins at Robert Mondavi Private Selection and Solaire in 2007.<br/><br/> Rick thoroughly enjoys viticultural and wine education, with published works in several industry periodicals. Outside of wine his hobbies include kayaking, fly-fishing and Bonsai culture.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vintage:</strong> 2008<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal:</strong> 100% Pinot Noir<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, Monterey county<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Sourcing:</strong> 90% Bianchi Bench, 5% Library, and 5% Gabilan Vineyards<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.68/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 13.5%<br/><br/>

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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

About This Wine: Our Solaire by Robert Mondavi 2008 Pinot Noir shows off deep, complex favors of black cherry and red raspberries, with hints of rose petal, violet, and red licorice. A background of smoky cinnamon, vanilla, and five-spice nuances comes from aging in toasted oak barrels. This wine has nice weight on the palate, with a lush texture and smooth, silky tannins that support the favors through the lingering finish.<br/><br/> <strong>Growing Region:</strong> The 2008 Solaire by Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir comes from three cool-climate Monterey County vineyards in California’s Central Coast appellation. The diversity of Pinot Noir clones, vine age, soils, and mesoclimates within these vineyards contribute to this wine’s layers of fruit expression, supple structure, rich texture, and balance. 90% of the grapes for this Pinot Noir were harvested from the southeast-facing terraces of our Bianchi Bench Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Santa Lucia Highlands are positioned on an East-facing slope, very similar to the growing conditions in Burgundy, France which is why Burgundian varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grow very well there. The vineyard is positioned on fertile alluvial soils with elevations ranging from 100 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Bianchi Bench fruit lends this Pinot Noir its aromatic berry fruit and floral character. To enhance its lush texture and structure, we added 5% from an Arroyo Seco vineyard and 5% from our Gabilan Vineyard. In all three sites, vines receive full morning sunshine, followed by the cooling effect of maritime winds from the Monterey Bay—perfect conditions for developing vibrant Pinot Noir favors.<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage:</strong> “It was a wild climatic year—every weather variable that a plant could experience occurred in the 2008 growing season,” said Winemaker Rick Boyer. “The vines didn’t know if they should grow or hunker down and wait for better weather.” This vintage endured drought, spring frosts, untimely rain during bloom, wildfires, hot winds, and early fall cold snaps. Amazingly, the vines yielded fully ripened fruit with great color, delicious favors, and balanced acidity. The Pinot Noir harvest began on September 24 and ended mid-October.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking:</strong> The fruit from each vineyard was fermented and aged separately to develop its unique personality. After destemming, the lightly crushed grapes were cold soaked for several days before fermentation for gentle favor extraction. To increase the wine’s soft texture and complexity, we stirred the lees during barrel aging. Our winemaker matched the vineyard expression of each wine to complementary French oak barrels made by a selection of top coopers. Then, following nine months of aging, he artistically blended the components to create our 2008 Pinot Noir.<br/><br/> About The Winery: In 1966, emboldened by boundless enthusiasm, and a conviction that California could produce wines that would belong in the company of the world's finest, Robert Mondavi set out on his own to found the first major winery built in the valley since prohibition: Robert Mondavi Winery. Since then the open arch of the Robert Mondavi Winery has welcomed thousands of guests who have come to share in Robert's love of wine, food, and art.<br/><br/> With the release of the Robert Mondavi Winery's Cabernet Sauvignon in the late 60's the world's eyes were opened to the potential of the Napa Valley. The historic Paris tasting in 1976, where two former winemakers of the Robert Mondavi Winery won first prize, further supported this revelation.<br/><br/> Robert Mondavi's commitment to the industry and to promoting wine as part of a gracious lifestyle led to his "mission tour" in the late 1980s. He crossed the country, educating restaurateurs, media and most of all consumers on wine's integral role in culture and civilization.<br/><br/> After 41 years, Robert Mondavi Winery still embodies its founder's commitment to excellence, innovation and creative spirit while continuing to produce wines that stand in the company of the world's finest.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Rick Boyer, Winemaker, Solaire by Robert Mondavi<br/><br/> Rick grew up in Southern California, where his early passions included fishing, bodysurfing and football.<br/><br/> In 1979, Rick graduated from UC Davis with a degree in plant science and was employed by E.J. Gallo Winery producing the base white wines and acting as the Grower Relations representative for the Central Valley region.<br/><br/> After four years with Gallo, Rick moved to the Monterey/Salinas area with Ventana Vineyards. During this time, he realized the untapped viticultural potential of Monterey County.<br/><br/> In 1985, he founded his own company, Richard Boyer Wines, specializing in small-lot, super-premium Monterey County wines. Staying in Monterey, Rick joined the team at Jekel Vineyards in 1994, where he led the charge to develop Monterey County within the Jekel portfolio. Simultaneously, he attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned an Executive Degree in 1997.<br/><br/> In 2005, Rick moved to Constellation Wines U.S. as the Director of Winemaking for the Monterey County facility located in Gonzales. Rick’s 20 plus years of winemaking experience, mostly in the Salinas Valley/Monterey County region, made him the ideal candidate to take the winemaking reins at Robert Mondavi Private Selection and Solaire in 2007.<br/><br/> Rick thoroughly enjoys viticultural and wine education, with published works in several industry periodicals. Outside of wine his hobbies include kayaking, fly-fishing and Bonsai culture.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vintage:</strong> 2008<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal:</strong> 100% Pinot Noir<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, Monterey county<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Sourcing:</strong> 90% Bianchi Bench, 5% Library, and 5% Gabilan Vineyards<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.68/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 13.5%<br/><br/>

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