Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Chardonnay

Region California, United States
Grape Chardonnay
Style White
Brand Robert Mondavi Winery

The 2013 growing season’s normal temperatures and lack of major inclement weather led to a nicely-paced and well-timed harvest. Warm days paired with cool nights made for excellent growing conditions, allowing for generous yields of grapes across the board.

Growing Region
The majority of the grapes for our Chardonnay were harvested in the Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA) surrounding our winery. Since terroir has such significant influence on the flavor of grapes, we selected grapes primarily from the Lodi AVA as well as neighboring appellations in the Central Valley. These varying soils and climates gave our 2013 Chardonnay a nicely balanced, well-rounded flavor profile.

In order to highlight the fresh, vibrant character of our 2013 Chardonnay, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. We allow a small portion of our blend to go through malolactic fermentation, adding richness and balancing the wine’s natural acidity. Oak aging on the lees for five to six months enriched the wine’s texture and complexity and added just a hint of sweet vanilla and spice.

Technical Information
Varietal Composition:
77% Chardonnay
8% French Colombard
3% Viognier
4% Muscat
8% Other White Varieties
Appellation: California
Total acid: 0.55g/100ml
Residual sugar: 0.38%
pH: 3.7
Alcohol: 13.7%

Tasting Notes
This 2013 Woodbridge Chardonnay displays aromas of tropical fruit with a hint of cinnamon and maple, leading to a rich toasty finish.

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.

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