Wine Enthusiast 92 points - Fine acidity and a bracing minerality, like a lick of cold steel on a winter day, mark this Chardonnay. It has oak notes, but they’re wisely kept in the background, allowing the citrus, green apple and peach flavors to star. This beautiful wine continues the winery’s string of great reserve Chardonnays, and is their best since the 2006 vintage. (Dec 2013)
90+ POINTS - Stephen Tanzer -
Good pale yellow color. Aromas of apricot, peach, tangerine, smoke, nuts and butter. Sweet but firm, with lovely grapefruit-y acidity framing and lifting the peach and spice flavors. This should age more slowly than the 2004 bottling. The 2005 growing season featured longer hang time and cooler weather at harvest-time, noted associate winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez, but part of this wine's malolactic fermentation was blocked, as it has been for the past ten years or so.
90 POINTS - Connoisseur's Guide - If not among the more flamboyant and blustery Chardonnays of the month, the latest Mondavi Reserve is a direct, well-fruited working that counts clean, candied-apple fruit, sweet oak and good balance among its achievements. It is moderately rich and ends with a nice touch of crispness, and it can take a bit of age even if very tasty right now.