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Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley
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Wine Description

(From 2013 Vintage) This Chardonnay is non-oaked to express the pure fruit flavors of Chardonnay and the terroir and personality of the vineyards from which it originates. The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed whole-cluster, minimizing skin contact to retain freshness and vibrancy. All of the juice was fermented in 100% stainless steel and a portion was then allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation for additional texture and character. Battonage (stirring of the lees) during sur lie aging imparted further complexity and creaminess.

Winemaker's Notes

Classic tree fruit aromas of pear and apricot combine with floral notes and a hint of oak expressed as hazelnut. Nutmeg scented poached pears fill the palate which finishes with a light toastiness. The full, focused texture receives a refreshing lift from the perfectly balanced acidity.

Tree fruit aromas of pear and quince combine with delicate floral notes and a pinch of nutmeg spice to showcase the true essence of the Chardonnay grape. Influence from French oak barrels adds a hint of vanilla custard and contributes to a round, smooth texture while preserving a freshness that invites another taste.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2011 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 12/01/2013
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2011 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 10/01/2013
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2006 Vintage) Slightly toasty first notes are joined by a vanilla custard-like scent in the surprisingly low-key aromas of this ripe, but quietly fruity, full-bodied wine. It comes with a full measure of supportive acid and a nice sense of backbone, but it never quite convinces that it has the stuffing to open up into greatness, and its past success notwithstanding, it trails the best here.
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/96
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 102 on Dec-95