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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, “Fume Blanc,” Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, 2011.

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I was pleasantly surprised by this Mondavi offering and enjoyed it on the night of what would have been Robert Mondavi’s 100th birthday.  N/ Soft hay notes…. lightly smoked, sugared, and salted. Light yellow tropicals, lime zest, with a faint layering of petrol, which is much more common in a riesling rather than a sauvignon blanc. Aromas of old […]

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USA, Red Blend (Syrah, Merlot, Malbec), Robert Mondavi, Private Selection, Coastal Crush Red, Central Coast, 2011

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Red Blend of: 67% Syrah, 24% Merlot, and 9% Malbec. N/ Dried black cherries, slightly candied cassis, and cherry cordials. Sweet and taffy-like. For the first two hours she had an unfortunate note of rubber and/or vinyl, however, this finally dissipated at approximately two and a half hours post decant. Once gone, nice fruit and […]

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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, Red blend, Meritage, Robert Mondavi, Private Selection, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Red blend of: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Malbec, and 8% Petite Verdot. C/ Inky and dangerous. The Malbec really brings out an amazingly pretty neon purple rim. N/ Stewed plums and cherries. Acidic burlap and rope. Cinnamon. Freshly cracked granite. Forest floor. Flint. Light gunpowder and a hint of chlorine. Damn complex for […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, 2009

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Red blend of: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Note: one of the few Cabernet that you will encounter that are actually better right after opening the bottle, rather than waiting my normal 1 to 2 hours post decant. N/ Barrel room, crisp leather, clean black […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Robert Mondavi, Private Selection, California, 2010

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N/ Cherries, red berries, and earth, all nice things I look for in a standard California Pinot Noir. Touch of smoke as well. Nothing outstanding here, but certainly hits many of the necessary checkmarks for a nice, drinkable, Pinot. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Quite pleasing balance between the fruits and the acid, especially for […]

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USA, Moscato (White Blend of), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, California, 2010

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A white blend of: 40% Muscat Canelli, 34% Muscat Orange, 10% Muscat Alexander, 8% Gewürztraminer, and 8% “aromatic white varietals”. N/ Fresh rain, fresh cream, caramelized green apple, round minerality. Cotton candy. T/ Full mouthfeel. Sweet, dripping ripe and caramelized yellows. Soft, confectionery laden, stewed hay. Winemaker = Todd Ziemann http://www.robertmondavi.com/woodbridge Price = $7.99 Rating = […]

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USA, Red Blend (60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, 2009

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N/ Pronounced vegetal and bell pepper (lessened by vigorous swirling). Stale plums and brick dust. Neither balanced, nor attractive. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. Chalky plum stew. Wet, black earth juice. The finish is surprisingly pleasant, given the sub par body. It is a sort of rhubarb stew with some woody notes. Much improved on […]

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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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USA, White Blend (Pinot Grigio dominated), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, 2010

White blend of: 76% Pinot Grigio, 21% “aromatic white varieties”, and 3% Sauvignon Blanc. N/ Simple and fairly flat, but with nice touches of: grapefruit, lime zest, river stones, green grasses, and light burlap. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel.  Tart, refreshing acid pop hits first, and then leads to light, crisp citrus notes. Ending is […]

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Sparkling Wine / Champagne / Cava / Cremant / Prosecco = “Sparkling Spectacular”

This following wines were part of blind tasting by the #SDWM (twitter hashtag) group – our “Sparkling Spectacular”. We were fortunate enough to have bottles of bubbles from all over the world, a dozen of which I found interesting enough to write up. The results were quite surprising.  Flat-out amazing deals exist in the sparkling […]

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USA, Merlot, Mondavi, Private Selection, 2008

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C/ Wow. Gorgeous fresh, clean, blood. N/ Started out all roses. Deep, ripe, rose petal bliss. Amazing. Slowly, some dried cherry and light smoke notes emerged to mingle with the rose orgy. Such a delightful Merlot nose – especially for this price point. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel.  Exceptionally clean for a Merlot. Smooth. Big dried red fruits, lavender, chocolate. […]

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USA, Riesling, Mondavi, Private Selection, 2008

N/ Big petroleum wafts for first hour, which subsided a bit, and then were gradually edged out by beautiful florals and sweet chamomile. T/ Medium to medium-full mouthfeel. Fantastic balance of ripe yellow fruits, acid, and crispness. Honey and hay. Delightful. Price = only $8-10. A true bargain! Amazing deal for what is in the bottle. Astounding-. 95 […]

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Know Your – Napa Grapes!

The Whites Chardonnay By volume she is the world’s most favorite wine. Some of her United States versions are fairly neutral in smell, taste, and soul.  Not really much to delve into, or reflect upon.  A vodka among white wines, unless done right.  Rare that be, domestically.  If you choose generic Chard over all else, […]

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