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Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Flavor descriptors: Deep black plum, cassis, violet, fresh dark earth and herb flavors flow seamlessly on a silky palate to a deliciously long, velvety finish. A complex, yet easily approachable wine, we love its combination of concentration, rich texture and drinkability. Vintage: Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an ‘epic’ year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. We harvested our select grapes for this wine between September 11th and October 14th. Vineyards: The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from the Stag’s Leap District, a region renowned for its velvety delivery and the smooth, fleshy mouthfeel we look for in Merlot. The volcanic and other poor, shallow soils of the region suppress vine vigor, resulting in low yields of fruit of elegance and formidable intensity. A select group of other Napa Valley AVAs contributes added complexity--each sub-region bringing something a little different to the blend. Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning, then gently de-stemmed and crushed. Forty-four percent of this wine was fermented in French-oak tanks in our To Kalon Cellar for soft, supple tannins and textural interest. The balance went into stainless steel tanks for purity of fruit expression. Eighteen days of maceration maximized color and flavor extraction and polished the tannins for a lush, round mouthfeel. The new wine was transferred to 60-gallon French oak barrels (4% new oak) for malolactic fermentation and seventeen months aging to develop greater roundness and depth. Smaller amounts of complementary varieties were included in the blend, further enhancing the wine’s structure, balance and complex flavor profile. The wine was bottled in March of 2015. Varietal Composition: 90% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc 3% Syrah 2% Malbec 1% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petit Verdot Total acid: 6.3g/L Final pH: 3.64 Residual sugar: 0.84 g/L Alcohol: 15% by volume

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Robert Mondavi Winery:
  The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 after a family split with the Charles Krug Winery, which had been founded by Robert’s father.  After heading out on his own, Robert settled on land in Napa valley, and in particular the famed To Kalon Vineyard in the Rutherford district. The original plot in To Kalon Vineyard was only 12 acres, but today there are 450 acres und... Read more
  The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 after a family split with the Charles Krug Winery, which had been founded by Robert’s father.  After heading out on his own, Robert settled on land in Napa valley, and in particular the famed To Kalon Vineyard in the Rutherford district. The original plot in To Kalon Vineyard was only 12 acres, but today there are 450 acres under vine. The Robert Mondavi Winery also includes the Wappo Hill Vineyard, which is a 400 acre plot in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Within a year of its inception, the Robert Mondavi Winery proved to be a true pioneer, not only with the establishment of his winery but also by introducing and popularizing the use of French oak barrels for wine, European wine techniques, and the bottling of varietal wines. Robert Mondavi Winery only uses French Oak barrels for storing wine, and his influence and success led to the practice’s prevalence. Among Mondavi’s greatest successes one would have to count the creation of the Fume Blanc moniker for Sauvignon Blanc as well as the introduction of his benchmark Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet. Today Robert Mondavi’s legacy is carried on under the watchful eye of his wife who works with the current winemakers Genevieve Janssens, Gustavo Gonzalez, and Richard Arnold to ensure that today’s Robert Mondavi wines deliver the elegance, appeal, and character that Robert had intended. Read less

External Reviews for Robert Mondavi Merlot Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/10/2017

Flavor descriptors: Deep black plum, cassis, violet, fresh dark earth and herb flavors flow seamlessly on a silky palate to a deliciously long, velvety finish. A complex, yet easily approachable wine, we love its combination of concentration, rich texture and drinkability. Vintage: Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an ‘epic’ year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest. We harvested our select grapes for this wine between September 11th and October 14th. Vineyards: The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from the Stag’s Leap District, a region renowned for its velvety delivery and the smooth, fleshy mouthfeel we look for in Merlot. The volcanic and other poor, shallow soils of the region suppress vine vigor, resulting in low yields of fruit of elegance and formidable intensity. A select group of other Napa Valley AVAs contributes added complexity--each sub-region bringing something a little different to the blend. Winemaking: The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning, then gently de-stemmed and crushed. Forty-four percent of this wine was fermented in French-oak tanks in our To Kalon Cellar for soft, supple tannins and textural interest. The balance went into stainless steel tanks for purity of fruit expression. Eighteen days of maceration maximized color and flavor extraction and polished the tannins for a lush, round mouthfeel. The new wine was transferred to 60-gallon French oak barrels (4% new oak) for malolactic fermentation and seventeen months aging to develop greater roundness and depth. Smaller amounts of complementary varieties were included in the blend, further enhancing the wine’s structure, balance and complex flavor profile. The wine was bottled in March of 2015. Varietal Composition: 90% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc 3% Syrah 2% Malbec 1% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petit Verdot Total acid: 6.3g/L Final pH: 3.64 Residual sugar: 0.84 g/L Alcohol: 15% by volume




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