Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir
|Region||California, United States|
|Brand||Robert Mondavi Winery|
2013 was ideal start to finish. Following a warm, dry spring with near ideal conditions for bringing grapes to maturity, harvest was remarkably smooth, and was one of the earliest in memory. The region saw very few night frosts, few significant heat spikes, and almost no high-wind events. All of this, combined with uniform growing days, is exactly what winemakers hope for. Across the board,
the fruit showed great balance of acidity and sugar, had good color and flavor and was fully ripe.
The grapes for our 2013 Pinot Noir were sourced primarily from vineyards in the Central Coast American Viticultural Area—including Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara, with the balance coming from the Lodi AVA. The cool microclimates and well-drained alluvial soils of the Central Coast vineyards from which we source Pinot Noir enable our grapes to ripen slowly and evenly throughout the growing season, developing the complex, seductive flavors that make Pinot Noir
among the world’s most prized grape varieties. Working with this high-quality fruit enables us to produce a wine with classic berry and spice aromas, supple, silky texture, and vibrant, elegant flavors.
The grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed into open-top fermenters. The juice cold-soaked in stainless steel for 48 hours, before it was warmed up, to initiate a native yeast fermentation. After the wine was pressed off the skins, it was transferred to French/American oak to complete its malolactic fermentation. This regimen added roundness and complexity to our Pinot Noir’s vibrant fruit flavors.
Our 2013 Pinot Noir was produced primarily from grapes grown along California’s marine-influenced Central Coast. Reflecting the character of a cool vintage, which fostered the development of classic varietal aromas and flavors in our Pinot Noir grapes, this vivacious red wine’s hallmark is fresh, vibrant fruit. This wine is lush and round, offering aromas of cherries and Asian spice, with a hint of vanilla. The flavors are tart cherry, strawberry, current, and ripe plum with a touch of brown
sugar, almond, and smoke.
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.