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Genevieve Janssens

USA, Pinot Noir, Robert Mondavi, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ I actually decanted this Pinot, which is uncommon for me to do. The reason I did that is, upon opening, I detected wafts of rubber, possibly indicating too much of a reduced state (that can come from one or more grape and/or wine-crafting issues). After an hour this mostly burned off, but lingered enough […]

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USA, Chardonnay (with 3% Sauvignon Blanc), Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Blend of: 97% Chardonnay and 3% Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes: 41% Napa, 39% Carneros, and 12% Sonoma County. Production notes: 77% of juice fermented in Frech oak (15% new barrels), partial ML, sur lie aging, and bâtonnage. N/ Primary aromas consists of clean and dry hay, soft florals, and light touches of green grass. California butterscotch […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, “Fume Blanc”, Mondavi, Napa, California, 2009

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White blend of: 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Semillon N/ Dry hay dominated. Also wafts of river rock, basil, and asparagus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Spicy, bright acid. Lean, angular yellow fruits. A tad salty. Winemaker = Genevieve Janssens Web = http://www.robertmondavi.com/ Price = $20 Rating = B- / B This wine was a media sample kindly […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mondavi, Napa, 2008

N/ Black berries and plum. For first hour, she suffers from some reduced aromas. Be patient. Light, stewed black pepper. T/ Medium mouthfeel. For first hour quite chalky, this slowly subsides with time, but never goes away. Pretty straightforward plum and blackberry. High acid pop ending with a touch of cranberry tartness. I was expecting more, and think […]

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