100% Pinot Noir from Carneros, Napa Valley (93%) and Russian River Valley (7%), California.
Sample submitted for review. SRP of $27 and available for as low as $17.
From the bottle:
"In 1966, Robert Mondavi built his Napa Valley winery with a singular vision: to create wines that stand among the world's finest. This Pinot Noir reflects the ideal growing conditions of the Carneros region of Southern Napa Valley. Summer fog creates a cooler climate which preserves the grape's natural bright acidity. The longer growing season allows the grapes to slowly ripen, giving them added complexity and structure.
Los Carneros is a cool climate region that covers parts of Napa and Sonoma counties in California. This area is known for producing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and as a result has become a center for sparkling wine as well. Today's wine combines this renowned region with a renowned producer in Napa Valley, Robert Mondavi.
The 2010 Robert Mondavi Winery Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir begins with a strong, inviting aroma of rich blackberry, raspberry, baking spice, nutmeg and a little vanilla. We're off to a great start! Tasting the wine reveals a soft, velvety texture, lots of delicious dark and red fruit like blueberry and raspberry, a whole lot of cola and a wonderful streak of spice. It ends with more delicious spice and notes of tea and oak. After trying this one initially I sealed it up with the Vacu Vin, put it in the fridge, and then wasn't able to get back to it for a couple days. When I finally did I thought for sure it would be past its prime, but I have to say I think it was even better on Day 3 than on Day 1!
In addition to being a great choice for your Christmas dinner, you may also want consider pairing this wine with the book "The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty". I found it to be a fascinating look into the Mondavi family history. And since we're talking Christmas, it would also make a great gift the wine lover in your life!
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