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2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Napa Valley

2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Merlot Napa Valley
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A juicy, plush merlot delivering dark cherry and black plum fruits with deeply integrated spices of black pepper, young cedar and fresh tobacco. The wine’s rich texture and velvety tannins soften this bold, dark-fruited, and spicy merlot. 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Vineyard Notes
2014 started with worrisome, drought-like conditions, and many feared a parched, dry spring as in 2013. Refreshingly, spring rains came in February and into March providing water for the soils and filling reservoirs. The wine growing season will most be remembered for the August 24th Napa earthquake that occurred just as harvest was commencing in the Napa Valley. The vines at Mondavi were not affected, and while wine inventory was lost, the winery is continually grateful that no employees were harmed during the quake. The harvest finished early, bringing in beautiful, healthy fruit. The grapes were picked between September 4th and October 16th.
Production Notes
The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning, then gently de-stemmed and crushed. Nearly one third of the 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. Twenty-two 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 (30% new) for malolactic fermentation and sixteen 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 May 2016.
92 Points

An excellent merlot with blackberry, buleberry and lavender character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish., December 21, 2017
91 Points

Tangy plum and juicy fruit; long, balanced and stylish in the best Robert Mondavi tradition.

Anthony Dias Blue - The Tasting Panel, June 2017
90 Points

This wine offers a wealth of big flavor and plush structure within a context of savory oak and firm tannin. Black olive and licorice hightlight a nicely composed framework of plum and dark cherry, dotted with fresh tobacco.

V.B. - Wine Enthusiast, October 2017
Wine Specs
Napa Valley
6.4 g/L
Residual Sugar
0.95 g/L
Alcohol %
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