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2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Chardonnay Carneros

2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Chardonnay Carneros
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SKU: 80022469-14
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our Reserve Chardonnay sends layers of warm spice, baked red apple, toasted hazelnut, and crème brulee in a silky ribbon of flavor across the palate. Its full flavors are rich and intense yet lie on a backbone of refreshing acidity, making for an elegant sip of deliciously complex Carneros Chardonnay. 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard Notes
With its cooling marine influences, the southern Carneros region is home to some of Napa Valley’s finest Chardonnays. For the 2014 Reserve, we hand selected fruit from the appellation’s renowned Hyde and Madonna ranches. The region’s climate, combined with clay loam soils, provides ideal conditions for the development of deeply flavored Chardonnay.
Winemaker Notes
We hand-harvested our selected Chardonnay grapes into one-half ton bins at daybreak and gently pressed them as whole clusters to retain fruity flavors and delicacy. A slow, cool native-yeast fermentation took place in 100% Burgundian style barrels for fruit and oak integration, and enhanced mouth feel. One hundred percent of the barrels were French oak, 67 percent new, adding layers of complexity. As the new wine underwent malolactic fermentation, we began stirring each barrel twice a week, re-suspending the yeast lees to gradually build in greater creaminess and further enrich the texture. When the wine reached optimal balance of fruit and oak influence, it was blended and transferred to neutral barrels with the lees to continue aging for a total of 11 months. The wine was bottled in October of 2015.
92 Points

Still a Carneros classic. Lush, ripe pear and smooth new oak that doesn't cover the keen cool-climate fruit.

Anthony Dias Blue - The Tasting Panel, March 2017
92 Points

This matches intensity with polish and finesse, focused on a trim band of rich pear, anise, honeydew and citrus shadings. Impressively delicate and refined. Drink now through 2020.

J.L. - Wine Spectator, April 30, 2017
90 Points

Pithy, with grapefruit and lemon peel flavors, this wine is deceptively crisp and light on the nose, offering a wealth of body and lushness on the palate, accented with nutmeg and peach. It includes 4% Sémillon, partly from the winery's beloved To Kalon vineyard.

Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Carneros
Acid
6.6 g/L
pH
3.18
Residual Sugar
1.11 g/L
Alcohol %
13.5
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