Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Merlot

Region California, United States
Grape Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Rubired, Petit Verdot
Style Red
Brand Robert Mondavi Winery

Marked by ideal seasonal weather and perfect conditions at flowering, the 2013 growing season produced an extraordinarily high-quality harvest. The onset of the growing season began with mild conditions, allowing full-fruit expression and optimal growth. With the absence of significant frost and
low humidity, this vintage produced a bountiful crop with mature flavors and an elegant structure.

Growing Region
Mother Nature provided a generous crop that ripened early in the Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA), one of the first recognized winegrowing appellations in California. Unusually dry conditions
allowed for natural canopy control, resulting in gentle ripening and oncentrated fruit expression. Warm days were tempered by cool breezes from the San Joaquin Delta, allowing grapes to reach full maturity, yielding a well-balanced, fruit-expressive vintage.

We gently crushed the harvested grapes and fermented the must (juice and skins) with a selected yeast strain in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The grapes were pressed at 0–5 degrees Brix (sugar reading) for brighter fruit character, depending on the vineyard’s personality. The wine underwent both primary and malolactic fermentation in the tanks. We aged with French oak from a variety of coopers, adding an array of sweet oak spiciness and more complex flavor.

Technical Information
76% Merlot
14% Syrah
4% Petite Sirah
2% Malbec
2% Rubired
2% Petit Verdot
Appellation: California
Total acid: 0.60g/100ml
Residual sugar: 0.28%
pH: 3.54
Alcohol: 13.9%

Tasting Notes
This 2013 Merlot displays rich aromas of cherry and dark chocolate, with enticing flavors of cocoa and lightly toasted oak. This full-bodied wine possesses well-balanced acidity and beautifully integrated tannins, creating complexity and structure.

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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