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2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Chardonnay Carneros

2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Chardonnay Carneros
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our Reserve’s commanding entry of ripe Asian pear, juicy red apple, lemon curd and marzipan flavors set the scene for the real show-stopper of this wine: the hedonistically rich texture that fills the palate with voluminous flavor and leads them slowly into a long, lingering finish. 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 2016 Reserve, we hand selected fruit from the appellation’s renowned Hyde ranch. The region’s climate, combined with clay loam soils, provides ideal conditions for the development of deeply flavored Chardonnay.
Production Notes
Generous winter rains helped alleviate the drought conditions of the past four years, and the 2016 growing season started early. Throughout the summer months, we enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cool evenings, providing balancing acidity to our sun-ripened grapes. The near-perfect growing season continued through harvest and our grapes were safely in the cellar as the valley's first significant rainstorm arrived late October. We are grateful for a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines. The grapes for our Chardonnay Reserve were picked between September 8th and September 22nd.
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. Seventy-seven percent of these French oak barrels were new, adding layers of complexity. As the 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 twelve (12) months. The wine was bottled in October of 2017.
93 Points

Firm and fresh white with sliced apples, lemons, limes and hints of toasted oak. Full-bodied, linear and tight with a firm finish. Needs time to open. Mostly Hyde vineyard and all Carneros. Better after 2019.

James Suckling -, May 3, 2019
93 Points

Coming from Hyde and Madrone Vineyards, the 2016 Chardonnay Reserve (all barrel fermented and aged in 65% new French oak) has a pure, complex, nicely textured style that carries classic white flower and caramelized stone fruit characteristics. This cuvée goes partially through malolactic fermentation and is rich yet also fruity, with subtle background oak. It's incredibly well done.

Jed Dunnuck -, January 31, 2019
91+ Points

The 2016 Chardonnay Reserve delivers zippy citrus scents of lemon slices, grapefruit and yuzu with underlying hints of toasty oak and chopped almonds. The palate is medium to full-bodied with great intensity of citrus flavors and loads of mineral accents on the long zesty finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate, October 29, 2018
Wine Specs
7.3 g/L
Residual Sugar
0.01 g/L
Alcohol %
Product Reviews
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Rich St Jean
(Jan 22, 2019 at 6:35 PM)
Bought this after a tour of the Robert Mondavi Kalon Tour. Have always been a fan of the Private Selection. Finally opened this with a red wine drinker. They loved it! So smooth. Can't wait to get more!

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