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2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley

2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Vibrantly intense red plum and dark cherry coulis (pureéd fruit) is highlighted by sweet clove, cinnamon and vanilla in this richly complex reserve pinot noir. The wine’s silky texture carries the concentrated flavors gracefully into a long, fruit-filled finish. 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Notes
A notoriously challenging variety, Pinot Noir prefers the foggy, wind-swept slopes of the Carneros region, in southernmost Napa Valley. Through the repeated tastings of our reserve candidates we have brought together select blocks from two renowned vineyards in the Carneros AVA: Rancho Carneros and the Hyde Vineyard.The head-trained, dry-farmed vines of Rancho Carneros are over forty years old and bring weight, depth and complexity to the blend. The clonal diversity of the Hyde Vineyard, further enhances complexity and heightens fruitiness, elegance and structure.
Production Notes
2015 started warmer and drier than usual, without a drop of rain in January. The dry conditions continued well into April with some early irrigation in the vineyards. A cooler May reduced fruit set and provided the first signs of a lighter crop for the vintage. The harvest brought in fruit at optimal flavor maturity before a series of heat waves hit the valley. Overall, the 2015 harvest is one of the earliest on record. The selection of grapes for this special-select Reserve wine were harvested between August 18th and September 10th.
Winemaker Notes
The clusters were hand-harvested in the cool of the morning to retain fruity, delicate flavors, and then carefully sorted at the winery. A portion of the grapes were destemmed and fermented as whole berries to heighten fruitiness, with a remainder fermented whole cluster (with stems) to add a bit of spice, structure and subtle flesh to the final blend.Fermentation itself took place mainly in small, traditional open-top fermentation tanks, where the cap of skins was punched down gently ensuring a soft, silky mouthfeel. Several days of cold soak prior to fermentation and extended maceration afterwards,added up to a total of 25 days of wine to skin contact to achieve rich, fully developed flavors. The new wine went into 91% new French oak for malolactic fermentation and matured for 9 months.
92 Points

Black cherry, mocha, new leather, dark spices and menthol infuse Mondavi's 2015 Pinot Noir Reserve. Juicy, bold and voluptuous in the glass, the 2015 is decidedly lush and fruit-forward. All the elements meld together effortlessly. The 2015 was done with some whole clusters, but it is the juiciness of the fruit that stands out most.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous, January 2018
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
7.0 g/L
Bottling Date
July 2016
Residual Sugar
0.75 g/L
Alcohol %
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