2008 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve

Year: 2008
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
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"Fresh and snappy, with lively citrus, apple pie, and honeysuckle notes, this is medium- to full-bodied, gaining depth and texture and ending with a chorus of delicate fruit flavors. Drink now through 2018. 1,630 cases made." (WS)

"Lots of oaky richness in this detailed, highly enjoyable Chardonnay. It’s tart and savory in acid-tinged lemondrop candy, tangerine and Asian pear flavors, elaborated with sweet buttered toast. Elegant and upscale, a wine to drink now." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Our fruit was hand-harvested into small bins in the cool morning hours and immediately whole-cluster pressed at our winery to capture fruit freshness and the natural balance of the grapes. We fermented 100% of the wine in Burgundian oak barrels (42% new French oak), using several yeast strains and allowing a small portion to ferment with wild yeast. During partial malolactic fermentation and throughout barrel aging, we gently stirred the wine (batonnage) to develop complex flavors and rich, creamy texture. The wine was aged on the yeast lees (sur lie) for 10 months to weave creamy nuances through the bright fruit character. The wine was bottled November of 2009.