2011 Robert Mondavi Winery Unoaked Chardonnay Napa Valley
Baked golden apples with cinnamon spice provide the aromatic base for this intense, full flavored Chardonnay. The cooler 2011 vintage brings a heightened vibrancy to this wine, balanced with an integrated creaminess from sûr lie aging.
We sourced the grapes for this Chardonnay from two vineyards located in the Los Carneros AVA, in the cooler southern part of the Napa Valley. Both vineyards were chosen for a Chardonnay quality that we felt would shine in the unoaked style. The grapes from these vineyards create wines with more weight and body (without the influence of oak) than a typical Chardonnay. The 2011 vintage was the second in a row of cooler weather and later harvests. Yields were quite low due to wet weather during pollination but a cooler vintage brings generous hangtime which translates to excellent flavor maturity at lower brix (sugar). Intense varietal expression comes with the low yields. In one of the latest harvests on record, we picked the Chardonnay for this wine on October 8.