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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, 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, 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, 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, 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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