Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Pinot Noir
|Region||California, United States|
|Brand||Robert Mondavi Winery|
Another record harvest, 2013 saw consistently beautiful weather leading to optimal ripeness in what is being called an ‘epic’ year. There was almost no rainfall from January through March, bringing an earlier than usual budbreak. April provided a few small rainstorms to quench the vines, and warm weather followed. With just one heat spike in late June and early July, the growing season provided weather for optimal flavor development in the grapes resulting in an early and healthy harvest.
The foggy, wind-swept slopes of the Carneros region are an ideal home for Pinot Noir, a cool-climate loving grape. Great care is needed to produce fine pinot noir, a notoriously challenging and fragile variety, and the marine influences allow for gradual, flavor-building hang time needed for peak flavor maturity. The low-nutrient soils provide lower yields, and the fewer berries that do grow, with less competition for natural resources, have rich, concentrated flavors and produce a deep-colored wine.
Grape Sourcing: Carneros (Napa)
The grapes were hand harvested into small bins in the cool of the morning, then gently de-stemmed and crushed. Select vineyard blocks were fermented as whole clusters for added depth of flavor. A portion of the wine was fermented in French oak fermentation tanks to enhance the extraction of color and flavor during the 21 days of skin contact. The new wine was gently pressed and transferred to French Oak barrels (26% new) for malolactic fermentation and five months of aging, seamlessly integrating the fruit and oak. The wine was bottled in May of 2014.
100% Pinot Noir
Total acid: 6.2 g/L
Final pH: 3.55
Residual sugar: 0.91 g/L
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Our 2013 pinot noir has a beguiling mix of black cherry and plum fruit with a touch of just-turned earth and thyme aromas. Take a sip and its Carneros terroir serves the wine’s generous blackberry, spice and herb flavors on a refreshing, and at the same time silky, ride across the palate.
Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for Robert Mondavi Winery. This first-growth vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.
Along with To Kalon Vineyard, Robert Mondavi Winery sources grapes from some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards, including Stag’s Leap (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc) and Carneros (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay).
Mr. Mondavi believed that wines should reflect their origins, that they are the product of the soil, the climate, and the careful stewardship of those precious resources. He also believed in combining the newest techniques and technology with time-honored winemaking traditions.