(2001 Vintage) "Our Chardonnays rich, ripe layers of apple, pear and melon have intriguing hints of hazelnut and spice. Toasty oak nuances culminate in the creamy lingering finish. We captured the vibrant fruit flavors of Chardonnay grapes grown in the cool regions of Napa Valley and enhanced the wines complexity with barrel fermentation, native yeasts and hand stirring during aging on the yeast."-Winemaker
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) Mondavi's basic Cabernet starts out well enough with attractive aromas of ripe cherries and fairly rich oak, but its simple flavors run afoul of blunting tannins, and its fundamental fruit is lost to tongue-drying astringency. In need of some five or more years of softening, it never finds a sufficiently fruity voice to convince us that it will age into beauty.