Napa Valley: Recalling an iconic spot where viticulture meets Mission culture by Jon Bonné discusses the legacy of Robert Mondavi Winery's architecture.
"This isn't Mondavi's most expensive Fumé (Sauvignon) Blanc. But it is one of their best ever. In fact, it's so classic, you could use it in a winemaking class to teach future vintners about how great Napa Sauvignon Blanc should taste. It's bone dry, brilliantly crisp with acidity and gently touched by oak. The main notes are of lees, which give a sourdough tang, and layers of lemon, limes, pink grapefruits, gooseberries and rich tropical fruits. An unbelievable value at this price, but only 1,975 cases were produced. Editor's Choice." -S.H.
"One Sauvignon Blanc standout above the rest, and the source of its brilliance lies in the quality of the vineyard site. The To Kalon Vineyard was originally planted in 1868 by Napa pioneer Hamilton Crabb, the man generally credited with bringing attention to Oakville as a winegrowing district. He named it To Kalon, Greek for "most beautiful." By the early 20th century, it was recognized as one of the best vineyard sites in the world."
Margarit Mondavi attended a special dinner at Rivera celebrating Robert Mondavi's 100th birthday. Three Los Angeles publications wrote articles about the event.
"Robert Mondavi's juicy, dense purple-colored 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 1% Malbec. It offers lots of creme de cassis, Christmas fruitcake and spice notes as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, building incrementally to reveal abundant rich, cassis fruit, good acidity and sweet tannin. This beautiful Cabernet should drink well for two decades or more."
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a dense purple color, more tannin, structure and spice, terrific richness and plenty of black currant, vanillin and loamy soil characteristics. Given past track records, this full-bodied, impressive Reserve should easily age for 25-35 years."
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