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2011 Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley
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Tasting Notes

100% Chardonnay

The rich, vibrant essence of Chardonnay: Bright, enticing fruity aromas - juicy Honeycrisp apple, citrus-laced Asian pear, ripe melon and fresh quince - are intermingled with vanilla-scented crème brûlée, subtle minerality, and traces of warm hazelnut and clove. These elements segue seamlessly to the palate, offering a lush, creamy mouth feel impeccably balanced by crisp, mouthwatering acidity.

Product Notes

Continuing a decade-long trend of cool growing seasons and late harvests, the 2011 growing season brought tenacious morning fog, unseasonably cool weather and rainfall at flowering time. The good news is that the cool conditions gave the grapes a generous amount of hangtime, which translates to optimum flavor maturity at relatively low brix (sugar). In one of the latest vintages on record, we began our Chardonnay harvest approximately two weeks later than normal, on September 22nd. Dry, mild conditions prevailed as we continued the harvest, wrapping it up October 13th, just ahead of a rainstorm. It was noted that yields were low, but the fruit showed superb flavor development and impeccable sugar to acid balance.

Vineyard Notes

Continuing a decade-long trend of cool growing seasons and late harvests, the 2011 growing season brought tenacious morning fog, unseasonably cool weather and rainfall at flowering time. The good news is that the cool conditions gave the grapes a generous amount of hangtime, which translates to optimum flavor maturity at relatively low brix (sugar). In one of the latest vintages on record, we began our Chardonnay harvest approximately two weeks later than normal, on September 22nd. Dry, mild conditions prevailed as we continued the harvest, wrapping it up October 13th, just ahead of a rainstorm. It was noted that yields were low, but the fruit showed superb flavor development and impeccable sugar to acid balance.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape Sourcing: 56% Carneros (Napa Valley), 24% Napa Valley, 14% Stag’s Leap District and 6% Russian River Valley

Winemaking Notes

The grapes were harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed as whole clusters to conserve the vibrant, fruity flavors. 75% of the juice was fermented in French oak barrels (15% new) and the balance was cold fermented in stainless-steel tanks to retain brightness and purity of fruit. Partial malolactic fermentation balanced the lively acidity and added complexity. Each lot was aged on the yeast lees (sûr lie) and was hand-stirred regularly (bâtonnage) throughout ten months of aging, for seamless integration of flavors and a rich, creamy finish. The wine was bottled in November of 2012.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
6.5g/L
pH
3.47
Residual Sugar
1.39 g/L
Alcohol %
13.5
2011 Robert Mondavi Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley
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Garmonyu Moses
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(Oct 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM)
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bunel
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(Dec 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM)
I Will be to order your vert good white wine. Is it possible? Best regards J. Bunel

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