My Wine of the Week (“WoW”) for July 21-July 27 is the 2009 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Merlot.
The Robert Mondavi Winery was established in 1966 by Robert Mondavi, one of the most influential and esteemed winemakers in California history (Click here for his story). It was the first major winery built in Napa Valley, and for decades was California’s most famous winery. It was acquired by Constellation Brands in 2004.
It’s a beautiful property with classic California mission-style architecture, with the expansive archway and bell tower. I must confess, I haven’t been in a long time. I recall visiting one of my first trips to Napa. Nowadays, I tend to visit the smaller wineries. But after tasting this wine, and their Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (see post below), I’m going to have to drop by next time I go to Napa!
The grapes for this wine are sourced from vineyards throughout Napa Valley including a couple of Napa’s iconic vineyards, To Kalon, and Wappo Hill ( 73% Stags Leap District (including 38% Wappo Hill Vineyard); 15% To Kalon Vineyard; 12% Napa Carneros)
What struck me most about this wine is how well-balanced it is. That’s the exception rather than the rule at its price point of $23!
My tasting notes follow:
Deep garnet color with cassis, cedarwood, and hints of tobacco aromas. On the palate it’s light-medium bodied,well-balanced with fine-grained tannins, cassis, black cherry, blueberry flavors. Medium finish – 88pts
Recommendation: Highly recommended. It’s a nice value at $23!
The Wine Geek Stuff:
Alcohol: 14.9% alcohol.
Varietal(s): 93% Merlot; 3% Cabernet Franc; 2% Cabernet Sauvignon; 2% Malbec
Cooperage: Aged in French Oak for 14 months
Cases produced: Unknown
Many thanks to Folsom & Associates for providing the wine.
- Wine Of The Week: 2007 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (enofylzwineblog.com)
- Wine and Food Tasting Mondavi Style (spittoon.biz)