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.
|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, Fume 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.
Our winemaking and vineyard teams are proud to carry on our founder’s mandate to always strive higher, to pursue Robert Mondavi’s goal of excellence with the same passion and innovative spirit, moving forward with programs that break barriers and open new frontiers.