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Friday, January 6, 2012

Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir Private Selection 2010 - Hunt For The Best Pinot Noir Under $20


90% Pinot Noir, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah and 1% Merlot from California.

SRP of $11 and available for as low as $8. Sample received courtesy Folsom & Associates for review purposes.

From the bottle:
"Through tireless winemaking innovation, an uncompromising eye for quality and unshakable faith in California's vineyards, Robert Mondavi was a pioneer in producing wines that rival the world's finest.

Our Pinot Noir unfolds in elegant, silky layers of wild cherries, berries and aromatic spices. Warm oak nuances linger on the finish.

13.5% Alcohol"
We're now seven wines into our series on Pinot Noir under $20 and we've got just a couple more wines to go at this point. And while a few of the wines we've reviewed so far may be hard to find, today's wine is one that should be readily available all over the U.S. We've had good luck with the Private Selection line of wines from Robert Mondavi in the past having reviewed the tasty Meritage, the buttery Chardonnay and the pleasant Pinot Grigio. Let's see how today's wine measures up.

The 2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir begins with aromas of tart cherry plus a bit of spice and nutmeg. The wine tastes of smooth tart and juicy cherry and berry flavors followed by nice, soft, lightly spicy tannins. The slightly bitter and dry finish features lingering fruit notes. Pretty good!

Other Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine reviewed:
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage
2009 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Grigio
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay

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Taste Rating: 7              Cost Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 7.5

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Wines in the Hunt For The Best Pinot Noir Under $20 Series:
2008 Stone Wolf Vineyards Willamette Valley Barrel Select Cuvée Pinot Noir
2009 Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Noir
2009 Smoking Loon Pinot Noir
2007 Seufert Winery Pinot Noir Cuvée
2010 McManis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir
2009 Red Rock Reserve Pinot Noir
2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir
2009 Dashwood Marlborough Pinot Noir
2008 Robin K. Central Coast Pinot Noir

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